Reading Craft: Anatomy of a Tapestry Book Event, Oct 15, 11AM
Please join the Craft in America Center for a discussion with master tapestry weaver Jean Pierre Larochette and his daughter, textile conservator Yadin Larochette, about their new book, Anatomy of a Tapestry: Techniques, Materials, and Care.
The event will begin with a presentation from the authors, followed by a Q+A discussion. If you have any questions you would like to submit ahead of the event, please send them to [email protected].
The book is available for purchase directly from Schiffer Publishing, or your preferred bookseller.
If you would like a signed bookplate, add a comment to your order at checkout that reads: Signed Copy c/o Craft in America.
Please place your orders by October 1, 2020 in order to receive it ahead of the event.
The talk will be streamed live via Zoom and Facebook. To register for the Zoom Webinar, please click here.
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 since 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 applications.
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.
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 Lurçat. 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. 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 was born in Bariloche, Argentina, and 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 tapesserie des Gobelins, received 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. She ran a successful private practice in textile conservation for 10 years, based in Los Angeles, California, before accepting her current position as Museum and Conservation Liaison for Tru Vue, Inc. Yadin is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic works, and has served on the boards of the North American Textile Conservation Conference and the Western Association for Art Conservation