studio schirm & strauch
studio foundation with Linda Schirmel

i am a co -founder of studio schirm & strauch with my friend Linda Schirmel.
The studio focuses on research, experiment and story telling all around textiles: from the fiber to surface or costume design.
we are based in the middle of st.pauli/hamburg in the community of 8.Salon a gallery  and atelier space.

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photo: studio schirm & strauch

freelance project / 2019 - 2020

a cross-generational dance piece for an audience from 8 years by Teresa Hoffmann and Lina Höhne.


dance & co-creation: Natascha Golubtsova, Teresa Hoffmann, Ume Horikoshi, Clara Müller & Kadysha N`Diaye
artistic direction: Teresa Hoffmann & Lina Höhne
music: Christine Börsch Supan
dramaturgy: Claude Jansen
costume design: Nicole Kiersz & Teresa Hoffmann
textile design: Nicole Kiersz
stage design: Stefan Pinl 
photography & video: Jonas Fischer


weaving concerts
research project / 2020 - on going

Weaving Concerts in concertless times - an artistic research by Nicole Kiersz & Anna Neubert
supported by Claussen-Simon Stiftung

How could we merge music and the art of weaving to create a new artistic experience?
How could we link our ways of work across physical distance and convey our collaboration to a distant audience?

Mid of April 2020 we startet a joint research with weekly changing topics: a video of Nicole, weaving, a melodic fragment, recorded by Anna, sources investigating cultural links between music and weaving. In a sort of ping-pong fashion we send each other materials, experiments and thoughts on the chosen topics: 

1  _ rituals of community
2 _ weaving sounds - rituals of meditation
3 _ weaving relation - handling instruments
4 _ weaving patterns - playing (with) diagrams
5 _ weaving beats - synthetic synesthetic synths
6 _ weaving strings - fate / fade / faden


photo: Nicole Kiersz
video work: Anna Neubert

prisão paraíso
research project / 2018 - 2019

thanks to the project of gatomorto and EDA the empty prison in Trafaria was open to be transformed into an artists paradise. from August to September 2018 different artists in different terms and constellations was given the chance to live, work and experience a very special community life in between the walls of an ancient prison. during the weeks an ephemeral infrastructure was build for daily needs like constructing beds for shared bedrooms, establishing a shower and improving the kitchen. all happened in the wood workshop of gatomorto with skilled craftmanship and with lots of imagination. beside working on the infrastructure it was possible to the think about a future use of the prison which is still uncertain. In 2019 a new round was initiated to host ten multidisciplinary artists from Hamburg. 

as specialised in weaving it was a challenge to work without a loom so I started to collect and archive the colours of the prison and the neighbourhood around with the method of archiving via scanning in 2018. colour was also found in the kitchen while cooking and a method was established to experiment with peels from beetroots and onion skins. in parallel I worked on a botanical installation with lost and found plants from and around the prison area. In 2019 the residency was allowed to take part in the historical and protected part of the prison.  So I was able to harves resin from the 50-60 years old dragon trees that led to a various reddish colour range. The samples were made on pre-mordant natural fiber material like silk, wool and cotton. Furthermore handmade paper, rice paper and thai cigarette paper was used.

finding out the approximate age of the dragon trees happend by a coincidence. A former prisoner came by the gate and entered the building. He did a tour around and gave a clarification about the space, his experiences and the garden. He left telling us that the prison is a good place with good energy - he preferred to be a prisoner than serving the military during the authoritarian regime. On the 25th of April 1974 the military coup characterised by red carnations overthrew the regime.

photography: Nicole Kiersz & Philipp Meuser