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.