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23 February 2022
It was 1957 and, with only two other women, Sheila Hicks graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from Yale University. With artist Anni Albers she had already discovered certain weaving techniques and had plunged into the ideas of the Bauhaus and Modernism. Shortly thereafter she would be inspired enormously by a trip to Chile and by Raoul d’Harcourt’s book Les textiles anciens du Pérou and, thanks to the colors and fibers of South America, Hicks moved on from a passion for painting to the use of textiles as an expressive means.