On March 12 at 1:00 pm, The Briar Patch bookstore on Central Street in Downtown Bangor will host a Book Launch Party for Alexandra Hinrichs’ new book “Thérèse Makes a Tapestry” published by Getty Publications.
The fun begins at 1pm as kids of all ages can help create a “work of many hands” with a journey loom which will later be displayed at Maine Discovery Museum. Then at 2pm, Alex Hinrichs will read from her new book and tell the story of writing “Thérèse Makes a Tapestry” with pictures from the J. Paul Getty Museum.
“Thérèse Makes a Tapestry” will be available for sale and autographing. Please call The Briar Patch at 941-0255 for further information or to reserve autographed copies.
Special thanks to One Lupine Fiber Arts for providing the journey loom and weaving fiber.
About the book:
Step back in time to seventeenth-century Paris with Thérèse, a talented young girl who lives and works at the Gobelins Manufactory, where Europe’s greatest artisans make tapestries and luxury objects for King Louis XIV. Even though girls are not trained on the great looms there, Thérèse practices on a small one at home and dreams of becoming a royal weaver someday.
This charming story follows Thérèse as she carries out an ambitious plan with the help of family, friends, and the artisans of the Gobelins. The intricate craft of tapestry weaving is illuminated, and surprises await Thérèse, her parents and brothers, and even the king himself. Children’s book author Alexandra S. D. Hinrichs here breathes vivid life into a delightful tale full of fun twists and an appealing cast of characters.
Original paintings by award-winning artist Renée Graef playfully illustrate the book, as well as the many steps involved in the creation of the famous Gobelins tapestries, from dyeing wool and making silver thread, to painting and copying the elaborate designs, to the delicate art of weaving.
Thérèse’s fictional adventures are inspired by real people, the actual Gobelins Manufactory, and a beautiful tapestry that hangs today in the J. Paul Getty Museum.
About the author:
Alexandra S. D. Hinrichs loves exploring new places, including France, where she once studied. She lives in Bangor, Maine.
Specializing in children’s books from birth through high school, The Briar Patch opened its doors in Downtown Bangor 28 years ago and also carries books on parenting and resources for teachers. Games, crafts, toys and a wide selection of Playmobil fill the store with something for everyone.