Magic of Threads: The Lifework of Noémi Speiser

Praxis Galerie

Interwoven, twisted, intertwined, linked and connected—threads are magic, language, grammar, symbolism and message, but they are also mysteriously encoded in inconspicuous and complex numbers, in rhythms and geometric representations of colors and materials. The thread and everything connected to it has shaped our lives for thousands of years and will continue to do so for millennia to come.
In the world of textile arts, Noémi Speiser, at the age of 97, is a living legend, an undisputed luminary and “Grande Dame” of analyzing textile techniques. Since ancient times, people have spun, braided, and woven threads, and Speiser has dedicated her life to exploring this art form. As a witness of her time and a scientist, she has tirelessly explored the creative process, the materials, the hands, the knowledge, and the creativity behind each stitch and loop. Her work is now being honored for the first time in a comprehensive exhibition, which includes not only photos, documents, and analyses, but also presents drawings and original research objects that are simultaneously understood as artworks.
On the occasion of this significant exhibition, her latest work, “An Annotated Classification of Textile Techniques,” just published by Haupt Verlag, will be presented to the public.


Praxis Gallerie
Bäumleingasse 9
4051 Basel

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