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Thérèse

Makes a Tapestry, by Alexandra S.D. Hinrichs, illustrated by Renée Graef; Getty Publications,

$19.95, 40 pages, ages 8 and up. (March 2016)

For centuries, Flemish artisans provided intricate tapestries for French monarchs, perhaps most famously during the reign of King Louis XIV. These royal textiles were manufactured at the Gobelins factory, located in Paris’ 13th
arrondissement. One of the pieces created for Louis XIV was the Chateau of Monceaux/Month of December, now located at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and served as the inspiration for Thérèse

Makes a Tapestry. The book was published in conjunction with an exhibit entitled, “Woven Gold:Tapestries of Louis XIV” (also at the Getty), on display now through May 1, 2016.

This fictionalized account sparkles with with detail, where award-winning duo
Alexandra S.D. Hinrichs and Renée

Graef weave the story of
Thérèse, a girl living and working at the Gobelins determined to create a gift for her father–a wintry tapestry scene of a palace. Though women weren’t allowed to weave in the workshops, many wove at home, and the girl crafts her present in secret. Through careful prose and detailed illustration, the book reveals the steps involved in creating delicate tapestries that appear as vibrant today as they did over 300 years ago. Both author and illustrator consulted Diderot’s Encyclopédie and interviewed the Getty’s tapestry expert, Charissa Bremer-David to ensure historical accuracy. Knitters, weavers, and artisans of all ages will appreciate this thoughtful and charming examination of an enduring activity.

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