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Anatomy of a Tapestry: Techniques, Materials, Care

Anatomy of a Tapestry: Techniques, Materials, Care

Jean Pierre Larochette & Yadin Larochette, illustrations by Yael Lurie

Available May 2020

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The history, legacy, and boundless creativity of weavers over the centuries is the base in this helpful guide for both new weavers,seasoned tapestry artists and enthusiasts. Tapestry weaving is an art form that has been around antiquity and these insights from renowned artist Jean Pierre Larochette offer 30 traditional techniques built upon weavers’ centuries of work. A fourth-generation French Aubusson tapestry weaver, he gives us a glimpse into the multiple combinations, variations, and applications of techniques that form the art of the weaver. Each technique is exemplified by diagrams, woven models, and examples of possible ways of applying it. Expert Yadin Larochette shares theories and approaches to conservation, including new scientific research to help in the much-needed task of preserving these treasures of human creativity for centuries to come. Along with distilling traditional information on the art, this book’s precise written instructions and clear visuals–together with its handy lay-flat binding–assist you in both creating and preserving your tapestries.

Size: 11″ x 8 1/2″ | 190 color & b/w images and drawings | 144 pp
ISBN13: 9780764359330 | Binding: hard cover spiral

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Jean Pierre Larochette was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His father, Armand Larochette, was a third-generation French Aubusson tapestry weaver. Jean Pierre apprenticed at his father’s workshop and in 1963 to 1964 studied and worked under the direction of internationally known French tapestry artist Jean Lurçat. Larochette was co-founder and director of the San Francisco Tapestry Workshop and teacher at the San Francisco State University textile program in the 1970s and 1980s. Based in Berkeley, California, for the past five decades, he has collaborated on work with his wife designer Yael Lurie, exhibiting and holding workshops internationally. Yadin Larochette has been weaving tapestries since the age of 6, when her father Jean Pierre Larochette built her first loom. She studied tapestry at the Manufacture Nationale de la Tapisserie des Gobelins and holds a BA in art history from the University of California at Berkeley and an MS from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation.