Guild meeting-Kay Sekimachi

Sekimachi Nagare VII1970 Kay Sekimachi, born San Francisco, CA 1926 woven nylon monofilament 80 x 9 x 9 in. (203.2 x 22.8 x 22.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase 1972.183.* I read that she did quadruple tubular forms. I’m not sure if this is one of those, but it looks like it could be. You can see pictures of more work that is in the Smithsonian Collection here. None of them are on view currently. I wonder if you could see them if you made an appointment.

Our guild is doing something a little different this year by having a couple of programs about weavers who do notable work, but may not be well known locally. The program was given by Sarah, and she did a great job. It happens that I was actually familiar with this Kay Sekimachi, having read about her in American Craft magazine. What I remember most from the article is how organized her “stuff” is, becoming art in itself by being placed on a shelf with nothing else. Take a look at her worktable here. Is that the way your worktable looks? Not mine! Of course, maybe that helps explain her success and her work.

Kay was born in San Francisco in 1926. During WWII she was interned with her family. Later, after seeing one weaving class, she bought a loom. Her oral history interview can be found here; I found it very interesting.

You can always do an Google search to find images. Here are links to a couple of galleries that either have or have had her work: Jane Sauer and Brown Gotta. I love her leaf bowls!

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