spool art by devorah sperber
spool art by devorah sperber spool art by devorah sperber
dec 22, 2008

spool art by devorah sperber

‘after the last supper’, 2005 (20,736 spools)

devorah sperber is a new york city based artist who recreates famous works of art using spools of thread. sperber treats the spools like pixels, recreating the works of da vinci, rembrandt and van gogh in detail. however viewers will not see the work until the move up close because most of her work is created upside down. the reason why the spools hang from the wall backwards is so that when reflected in a mirror or metal sphere, they will appear in the correct size and proportion. the reflection also shrinks the images and blends the spools together to create a more accurate representation of the original works.


‘after the last supper’, 2005 (20,736 spools)

‘after mona lisa 4’, 2006 (875 spools) &  ‘after van gogh, 2008 (408 spools)

‘after rembrandt, 2006 (5,024 spools)

‘after rembrandt, 2006 (5,024 spools)

‘after vermeer, 2006 (5,024 spools)

‘after vermeer, 2006 (5,024 spools)

‘after van eyck’, 2006 (5,024 spools)

‘after van eyck’, 2006 (5,024 spools)

  • outstanding! I love this

    modular says:
  • Amazing and very original.

    Jay says:
  • why?

    tim says:
  • Awesome. Simply awesome. I love the creative thinking that went into this style.

    Jeremy says:
  • how is this art? all she’s doing is recreating other people’s art? i could blow up a JPG and just as easily build the works of art out of legos i guess if I was so inspired, would that make me an artist? no, it would make me a tard.

    brad root says:
  • Her invention of the medium is itself an artistic act, Brad. Would you ever have imagined doing this without having seen it already?

    Simon says:
  • What silly nonsense. Better to use that thread for something than just waste it in this pointless manner.

    Will says:
  • Such squandered material.

    Afrim says:
  • This seems absurd. Why do this? And why do it upside-down, so that it can reflect in a ball? What point is there to this tomfoolery?

    Florije says:
  • Devorah,
    Ignore the needling on this thread. Your work is insightful; it inspires us to grasp the formation of these great old works and unravel the mystery behind at least some of what went into their physical creation. So your more in the craft arena. Is anything wrong with that? Especially at this level. I admire your energy and attention to detail. Congratulations.

    Jomace says:
  • the skill lies within detail. Don’t let bully internet ‘gurus’ try to take any pride away from your work.

    corey schario says:
  • this is definitely Art, no question. and to use spools of thread as pixels of color is a great idea. after all, a tube of pre-mixed paint is no less mass-manufactured than a spool of pre-dyed thread. plus, it’s not the medium one works in that determines if the work is Art. rather, it’s the ideas present. i wouldn’t even say this is “craft based” because its thread — it’s an optical display. and using master paintings as a source for these visual games makes perfect sense. let’s not forget, many of those paintings were made using optical tools in the first place (see David Hockney’s book Secret Knowledge, 2001). now we’re given a chance to re-experience them through optics. well done!

    ryan says:
  • The world is full of people with no artistic sense. Several of them have added their comments above. They’re entitled to be critics, but with no artistic sense, they not only don’t get it … they can’t get it.

    MB says:
  • I find Sperber’s work clever and gimmicky but feel challenged to call her an artist in the same way I would those whose work she adapts. She upsets my notion of what I consider an artist to be. How good is that?

    Hypatia 370 says:
  • Où est l’art ???
    ce n’est pas très sensible comme travail.
    c’est plutôt rigolo mais bon après ????

    guillaume says:
  • Boring.

    Right Brain says:
  • I love the art work and it is art wheather fine or craft it dosen’t matter it is art non the less and if you can’t do the same work and do it better you have no right to critisize some one else . your work is increadable and a God given talent

    thank you for sharing

    sewbeady says:
  • Devorah,

    Your work is amazing! All of the negative comments are puzzling-why do some people need to take shots at others beautiful accomplishments? Is it jealousy???
    You should be very proud of what you do. Very few people would have the creative minds needed to think of the idea and how to execute it, not to mention the patience and dedication to follow it through! Remarkable! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work. I really enjoy it and will send the link on to all of my friends to enjoy as well!!! CUDOS!

    Linda K.-Georgetown, ON says:
  • absolutely awesome work.

    palross says:
  • Beautiful work! Ignore the critics that do not get it. Brilliant and inspiring.

    Rhonda T 01.01.09 says:
  • I won’t criticize the commitment and inventiveness of these pieces. However, I do wonder at whether there is some original art from Ms. Sperber.

    Very often one could mistake the discipline involved with these creations as a symptom of OCD.
    This is very true of modern art that requires a great deal of repetitive application of shapes and color.
    But as with those who make incredible miniatures, the eyes of the artist reveal much to us.
    And we can question the sanity of some artists and have for centuries…

    But there is a saying “It’s the cracked ones that let the sun shine through.”

    Well done Ms. Sperber…

    Regan DuCasse says:

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