Fiber artist Kay Sekimachi was born in San Francisco in 1926 and resides in Berkeley with her husband, wood turner Bob Stocksdale. From 1946 to 1949 she studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, and in 1955 studied weaving with Trude Guermonprez, who became her most influential teacher, mentor and friend. In 1956 she studied with Jack Lenor Larsen at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Liberty, Maine.
Her work has been exhibited widely and is in many museum collections including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, American Craft Museum, New York, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris and The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.
Sekimachi has received numerous awards including an NEA fellowship in 1974. She was named a Fellow of the American Crafts Council in 1985 and in 1997 was the recipient of the Women’s Caucus for Art Honor Award.
The exhibitions were funded in part by the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program.