Biography and lesson plans
Kay Sekimachi (b. 1926) is a California native, born and raised in San Francisco. Her interest in art began when she learned how to fold origami figures, as well as paint and draw, while in an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II. In 1946, Sekimachi enrolled at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California, where she studied weaving on the loom. She became so adept at that labor-intensive process that she is often referred to as a “weaver’s weaver” and is recognized as a pioneer in resurrecting fiber as a medium of artistic expression. Today, Sekimachi is best known for three-dimensional sculptural forms that take inspiration from the ancient cultures of her ancestral homeland of Japan. She is still weaving today in her workshop in Berkeley, California.
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