Monday, February 24, 2014

Modern Print Monday: Sophie Taeuber-Arp

Needlepoint design by Sophie Taeuber-Arp, 1918

Sophie Taeuber-Arp 1889-1943

Born in Switzerland, Sophie Taeuber worked in Zurich, Germany and Paris. She and her husband Hans or Jean Arp were important figures in the Dada movement in Zurich. She used sculpture, painting, costume design, dance, weaving and embroidery to express her interest in basic color, geometry and line. She taught textile design at the Zurich School of Arts and Crafts from 1916-1928.

Needlepoint embroidery, Symetrie Pathetique, 1916-1917

We've been looking at asymmetry, a principle on which her work is based.

Painting, Moving Circles, 1933

Design for a textile

Costume inspired by Hopi Kachinas

Sophie and her sister Erika Taeuber 
wearing the costumes in 1922.

She beaded a series of reticules (handbags) in the teens.

Read more about Taeuber-Arp here:


  1. Thanks! So many good quilt inspirations here.

  2. I did not know this woman at all, but WOW I like her style!
    Thank you Barbara!

  3. Barbara, I love this blog of yours so much and find so much inspiration in it. Thank you too for this post. I've been a big fan of Sophie Taeuber-Arp since I saw her work in the Dada exhibit at the MOMA a number of years ago.