Trude Guermonprez

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Trude Guermonprez
Trude Guermonprez - Archives of American Art.jpeg
In a photograph taken by her late husband, photographer Paul Guermonprez, in 1938
Born(1910-11-09)November 9, 1910
Danzig, Germany
DiedMay 8, 1976(1976-05-08) (aged 65)
San Francisco, California
NationalityAmerican, born Germany
EducationMunicipal School of Arts and Crafts
Known forWeaving
Spouse(s)Paul Guermonprez
John Elsesser

Trude Guermonprez (November 9, 1910–May 8, 1976[1], born Gertrud Jalowetz, was a German textile artist and designer.

Early life and education[edit]

Trude Guermonprez was born in Danzig (modern Gdańsk). Her parents were Austrian and were active in the arts.[2] 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.[3]

In the late 40s Guermonprez joined the Pond Farm artist collective run by Marguerite Wildenhain in Guerneville, California,[4] and taught at the Pond Farm Workshops. She remarried, marrying John Elsesser. The couple moved to San Francisco.


Throughout her career, the majority of her work was private commission.[3]

Selected exhibitions[edit]

Awards and fellowships[edit]

Among the honors which Trude Guermonprez has earned are:

Craftsmanship Medal of the American Institute of Architects (1970)[1]

Guermonprez died on May 8, 1976 in San Francisco.[1]


Guermonprez started her teaching career at Black Mountain College. She worked at Oakland College and at the San Francisco Art Institute.[6] In 1954 Guermonprez joined the faculty of California College of Arts and Crafts.[6] She served as chair of the crafts department, at the California College of Arts and Crafts, overseeing: metal arts, ceramics, glass blowing, stitchery and textile printing, as well as supervising the weaving curriculum.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Trude Guermonprez". New York Times. May 11, 1976. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Guide to the Papers of Trude Guermonprez, 1947–1976". Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Trude Guermonprez". Collection. Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Marguerite Wildenhain". Luther College. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  5. ^ Guermonprez, Trude, 1910–1976.
  6. ^ a b c Freedman, Marlene (January 25, 1970). "Artist Honored for 'Expressive Weaving'" (Sunday). Oakland Tribune.

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