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SEPIA – The Institute for Textile Art

SEPIA is dedicated to the research, preservation and advancement of textile art and its transdisciplinary applications. In its quest to promote a new form of utilitarian art, the Institute has adopted a three-way approach – this includes the design and creation of textile works of art, the execution of highly complex architecture-oriented projects and providing artistic intervention during the developmentof materials and products in close conjunction with the industry and relevant research centres.

SEPIA possesses a wealth of increasingly rare textile-based expertise and techniques which are crucial to the successful design and styling of textile applications. The Institute‘s primary focus involves the creation of textile works of art – such as the woven wall, the classical Gobelin tapestry or textile pictures. SEPIA carries out various complex artistic projects of both an architectural and spatial nature. Thanks to its ability to create a social space based on a harmonious fusion of specific function, architectural design and integrated art, the Institute is a renowned partner for architects and building contractors. SEPIA supports artistic research during the development of industry-related products or procedures. In accordance with the maxim ‚Tradition and Innovation‘, materials and techniques are appraised on the basis of their artistic, scientific and economic merit.

EXAMPLE – LUTHER’S LAST JOURNEY

A Large-Scale Tapestry Project for a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Authors: Katharina Stark, Andreas Köppe, Soo Youn Kim, Ulrich Reimkasten

SEPIA has developed a room-encompassing work of art for an extension to Luther‘s Death House
Museum in Eisleben, Germany. The work, which consists of an innovative and highly aesthetic tapestry, was created in close cooperation with the Luther Memorials Foundation. Woven using cutting-edge technology, the tapestry has an extraordinarily large format. The work were presented
to the public on April 15, 2014.

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About the work of art:
• Project in the form of a tapestry featuring textile art and architectural references
• Created in March 2014 at the „Luther‘s Death House“ UNESCO World Heritage Site in Eisleben, Germany
• Room-encompassing iconography in five woven images
• Size: approx. 32 m x 2.30 m in total
• Created using two-ply fabric and digital Jacquard technology
• 400 newly developed woven structures, 8 yarn systems, b/w + 4-colour

Artists:
SEPIA – Institute for Textile Arts
General management: Prof. Ulrich Reimkasten
Authors: Katharina Stark, Andreas Köppe, Soo Youn Kim, Ulrich Reimkasten
Project management: Tiemo Ehmke
Weaving mill: Gebrueder Munzert, Marlesreuth

Commissioned by: The Luther Memorials Foundation in Saxony-Anhalt
Supported by: The Saxony-Anhalt Arts Foundation and the Kloster Bergesche Stiftung

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