Artist’s Statement and Biography
After retirement from the practice of Medicine, I developed an interest in weaving and since then have been drawn to tapestry as an expression of my imagination. I find peace and relaxation in the solitude of designing and creating my tapestries.
My tapestries, woven in wool on cotton warp reflect lasting inspirations from our travels. Nature and contemporary design. Lasting impressions of the beauty and grandeur of the Grand Canyon and images of the Southwest with the stunningly simple compositions of sky, country and architecture have greatly influenced my work. I also find enjoyment in architectural and geometric designs, pushing the envelope in the use of perspectives and color composition .
Weaving tapestries means everything to me; it changed me as a person and allows me to see the world from a different point of view.
EDUCATION AND BACKGROUND
Klaus Anselm was born in Eastern Germany, later lived in Bavaria, then moved to the United States where he practiced medicine until his retirement in 1999.
Always interested in textiles, color and design he started weaving in 1998, attended workshops on tapestry weaving given by Rose Vigil and James Koehler, all in Taos, New Mexico and a course on color and design at Penland School of Crafts in Asheville, North Carolina, also given by James Koehler.
Klaus is a member of the Albemarle Handweavers Guild, the American Tapestry Alliance, Tapestry Weavers South and the Handweavers Guild of America. Klaus is also an Associate Member of the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Aside from his passion for tapestry weaving, Klaus Anselm is an avid traveler and a popular dog show judge.