Inspiration- Louise Bourgeois

I am forgoing my weekly link love for this amazing inspiration. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon the fabric works of Louise Bourgeois. The ones below are what initially caught my eye. To me they are so simple, yet fantastic!

Louise Bourgeois was born in 1911 and died at 98 in 2010. Her parents owned a textile restoration business and this is where she was first influenced with the textile arts. As she become her own artist, she became a painter, a printer and a sculptor. Louise is best known for her spiders…

The Spider is an ode to my mother. She was my best friend. Like a spider, my mother was a weaver. My family was in the business of tapestry restoration, and my mother was in charge of the workshop. Like spiders, my mother was very clever. Spiders are friendly presences that eat mosquitoes. We know that mosquitoes spread diseases and are therefore unwanted. So, spiders are helpful and protective, just like my mother.

-Louise Bourgeois

Supposedly she was a hoarder of textiles. She took these textiles, some of which were clothing given to her by her father that she would never wear, and repurposed them into art. Her inspiration, her mother, seen through her art in the spider, is taken even further symbolically through the textile arts in her weaves and webs.

I want to get these books, to learn more about her. What an amazing life she led!

Thank you Louise! absolutely Inspiring!


  1. She looks like a fascinating artist. Thanks for bringing her to my attention. I’m definitely going to look up more of her work.


  1. […] presided over the nervous congregation like a queen but always had something positive to say. Bourgeois‘ simple yet somehow complex textiles have always been interesting to me. I imagine she was comfortable using fabrics because of her […]

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