Ethereal bowls made from the skeletons of maple and other leaves are the latest addition to Japanese artist Kay Sekimachi’s impressive portfolio. While she is most famous for her labor-intensive loom works, Sekimachi creates these sylvan masterpieces by adding Kozo paper, watercolor and Krylon coating to the leaves, giving them solid form.
Kay Sekimachi’s life has been defined by perseverance. Despite being born in California in 1926, she was held at the Topaz Relocation Center in Delta, UT, with other Japanese Americans during World War II. Sekimachi eventually graduated from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1949. It is said that when she saw the students working in the weaving room, the next day Sekimachi spent all of her savings buying a loom, even though she didn’t know anything about weaving.
Sekimachi has written numerous books on crafts, some of which were co-authored with her husband, Bob Stocksdale. The couple will be having an exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum from July 3 to October 18 in Washington.
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