The Golden State’s Lifestyle Magazine
Lovely short piece on alum in C Magazine:
Kay Sekimachi (1926-)- proved that they’re better together. After World War II, Stocksdale, who grew up on a farm in Indiana, moved to California and bought a Victorian duplex in South Berkeley where he set about creating seemingly impossible-to-turn bowls and furniture of diseased and rare woods. Sekimachi began her creative career with origami and art classes offered while her family was in a Japanese internment camp, eventually attending California College of the Arts and becoming a beacon of Berkeley’s contemporary fiber movement.
This month, the Mingei International Museum in San Diego hosts “In the Realm of Nature,” a retrospective look at the couple’s 30-year artistic dialogue. Sekimachi’s translucent sculptural hangings and room dividers, vibrant scrolls and delicate boxes of skeletal leaves are seen amongst Stocksdale’s wooden masterpieces. As curator Signe Mayfield says, “It’s a true marriage of form.” Sept. 13;mingei.org.