Yael Lurie and Jean Pierre Larochette
Designer Yael Lurie and tapestry weaver Jean Pierre Larochette have collaborated on work for five decades and across three continents.
Yael Lurie was born in Kibbutz Givath-Brenner, Israel, the daughter of Jacob Lurie, a painter and teacher. After apprenticing with her father she studied with Jacob Wexler and at Leshem Mosaic Workshop.
Jean Pierre Larochette was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the son of Armand Larochette, a third generation French Aubusson tapestry weaver. Jean Pierre apprenticed at his father’s workshop and in 1963-64 studied and worked under the direction of internationally known French tapestry artist Jean LurCat. He 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 80s.
They have completed numerous commissions for temples and have works in public and private collections through out the United States and Mexico. Based in Berkeley, California, since 1972, they have exhibited and held workshops internationally.