Japanese artist Kay Sekimachi’s has created inspiring ethereal bowls made from the skeletons of maple. She is most famous for her labor-intensive loom works. She creates these sylvan masterpieces by adding Kozo paper, watercolor and Krylon coating to the leaves, giving them solid form. Sekimachi eventually graduated at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland from 1946 to 1949. 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.
She says when I saw the students working in the weaving room, the next day I decide to spend all of my savings to buy a loom, even though she didn’t know anything about weaving. She has written several 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. The exhibition will show the works of two of the most revered artists in American craft history. The couple married in 1972.