Kay Sekimachi (b. 1926)—a fiber arts pioneer known for three-dimensional woven sculptures, wall hangings, and intricate boxes and bowls—fell in love with the loom while attending the California College of Arts and Crafts. “There’s something very soothing about weaving, sitting at the loom and watching something grow.”
Sekimachi uses a variety of materials, including nylon monofilament, linen, paper, and found objects. Longtime friend and collector Forrest L. Merrill applauds her “great artistic sensibility and tremendously profound, technical capacity to figure out challenges so she can work with the material to create the kind of object she wants to present.” Sekimachi’s enthusiasm for problem-solving inspired her to create remarkable woven boxes.