Trude Guermonprez

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In a photograph taken by her late husband, photographer Paul Guermonprez, in 1938

Trude Guermonprez (1910–1976), born Gertrud Jalowetz, was a German textile artist and designer. She was born in Danzig (modern Gdańsk). Her parents were Austrian and were active in the arts.[1] She took on weaving while living in Halle, Germany, where she attended the Municipal School of Arts and Crafts. She was married to a photographer, Paul Guermonprez. He died while fighting in the Dutch resistance. Guermonprez worked in the Netherlands and then, after six years, relocated to the United States, with the support of Anni Albers.[2]

She started teaching at Black Mountain College. In the late 40s Guermonprez joined the Pond Farm artist collective run by Marguerite Wildenhain in Guerneville, California,[3] and taught at the Pond Farm Workshops. She remarried, marrying John Elsesser. The couple moved to San Francisco. She served as chair of the craft department at the California College of Arts and Crafts. She also worked at Oakland College. Throughout her career, the majority of her work was private commission.[2]

Notable exhibitions[edit]


  1. ^ "Guide to the Papers of Trude Guermonprez, 1947–1976". Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Trude Guermonprez". Collection. Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Marguerite Wildenhain". Luther College. Retrieved 29 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Guermonprez, Trude, 1910–1976. []