Louise Bourgeois Corkboard Placemat Set

Third Drawer Down


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Gift pack of 4 individual fabric designs

Size: 29cm x 21.5cm x 0.5cm, 5mm corkboard

Heat resistant to 110C (225F)


text from Hauser & Worth:

Fabric played an important role in Bourgeois's life. She grew up surrounded by the textiles of her parents tapestry restoration workshop, and from the age of twelve helped the business by drawing in the sections of the missing parts that were to be repaired. A life-long hoarder of clothes and household items such as tablecloths, napkins and bed linen, from the mid-nineties Bourgeois cut up and re-stitched these, transforming her lived materials into art. Through sewing she attempted to effect psychological repair: "I always had the fear of being separated and abandoned. The sewing is my attempt to keep things together and make things whole."

The fabric drawings are abstract and heterogeneous, deriving their formal logic from the juxtapositions of patterns printed on their materials and the artist's long-standing motifs. Over a six-year period their designs evolved, exploring more intricate geometries and increasingly incorporating collaged elements. Stripy and chequered drawings that Bourgeois began making in 2002 weave thin strips of her garments together, bending the modernist grid. Later works adopt polygonal structures, stitching the fabrics so that the patterns form concentric circles and spirals similar to spider webs and the vibrant mirrorings of a kaleidoscope. Rather than being minimalist, these morphing geometries are supple and embracive, softly corporeal.



Louise Bourgeois was a French-born American artist who used her art to work through her experiences and seek calm and strength. She once said, " äóÁí_í?To give meaning and shape to frustration and suffering. The existence of pain cannot be denied. I propose no remedies or excuses.äóÁ—? Her interior life was often the basis of her work. The feelings she tapped into were universal yet complex and affecting. Third Drawer Down first collaborated with her in 2008 for a retrospective at the Tate Museum and have have continued an on-going relationship with her trust, The Easton Foundation to produce a series of objects inspired by her work.

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