Jen Bervin

Tactile Language

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These short videos by Jen Bervin reference Anni Albers’ typed studies and writing on weaving. 

They are typed on an IBM Wheelwriter 35 using the programmed memory function that types as a shuttle weaves on a loom. Albers used the typewriter as a way to create new patterns for woven design; Bervin studied weaving as a way to better understand the grid we write in.  

Albers’ studies were published in her book On Weaving, where she writes: “These varied experiments in articulation are to be understood not as an end in themselves but merely as a help to us in gaining new terms in the vocabulary of tactile language.”