Interior design

Life as art— Berkeley


Renowned textile artist Kay Sekimachi has lived in her California home for over 50 years. And while it may not say much on the outside, indoors it’s a warm celebration of furniture and fabrics in which life very much imitates art.

Bob Stocksdale, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Arts & Design, Museum of Fine Arts Boston

A web she weaved

Kay Sekimachi was born in San Francisco in 1926. She grew up in Berkeley, spent a year at Berkeley High and was then relocated during the Second World War to the Tanforan Assembly Center. It was there that she first took art classes, which she continued at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine under the tutelage of Jack Lenor Larsen.

After coming back to California, she spent her last $150 on a loom and took up weaving. In the 1960s, California galleries started to take notice, individual collectors began buying her work and in the 1980s and ’90s she was recognised by museums as one of the country’s eminent fibre artists.

Her work has encompassed loom weaving, monofilament work and paper sculpture, and continues to push the boundaries of what fibre and thread and fabric can become. Her work has appeared in craft-focused exhibitions, books and biennales all over the world – and it continues to be published, exhibited and lived with.

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