Cloth Lullaby

The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois



ISBN: 9781419718816 Categories: ,

Amy Novesky


Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) was a world-renowned modern artist noted for her sculptures made of wood, steel, stone, and cast rubber. Her most famous spider sculpture, Maman, stands more than 30 feet high.

Just as spiders spin and repair their webs, Louise’s own mother was a weaver of tapestries. Louise spent her childhood in France as an apprentice to her mother before she became a tapestry artist herself. She worked with fabric throughout her career, and this biographical picture book shows how Bourgeois’s childhood experiences weaving with her loving, nurturing mother provided the inspiration for her most famous works. With a beautifully nuanced and poetic story, this book stunningly captures the relationship between mother and daughter and illuminates how memories are woven into us all.

Additional information

Weight 475 g
Dimensions 23.6 x 28.1 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 1 April 2016
Number of pages 40
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Dimensions 23.6 x 28.1 cm
Weight 475 g


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Amy Novesky is the author of Georgia in Hawaii and Me, Frida, which won the Pura Belpré Honor Award and was an ALA Notable Book. She lives in San Francisco.

Isabelle Arsenault is an award-winning illustrator whose first children’s book received the prestigious Governor General’s Award for children’s literature in French (illustration). She lives in Montreal.