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    "title": "Kay Sekimachi",
    "body": "<div class=\"mw-parser-output\">\n <div id=\"databox-PeopleDisplay\">\n  <table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n   <tbody>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Name\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Kay Sekimachi\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Born\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      September 30 1926\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Birth Location\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      San Francisco\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Generational Identifier\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      <p>\n       <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Nisei/\" title=\"Nisei\">\n        Nisei\n       </a>\n      </p>\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n   </tbody>\n  </table>\n </div>\n <div id=\"databox-People\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  <p>\n   FirstName:Kay;\nLastName:Sekimachi;\nDisplayName:Kay Sekimachi;\nBirthDate:1926-09-30;\nDeathDate:;\nBirthLocation:San Francisco;\nGender:Female;\nEthnicity:JA;\nGenerationIdentifier:Nisei;\nNationality:;\nExternalResourceLink:;\nPrimaryGeography:;\nReligion:;\n  </p>\n </div>\n <p>\n  Internationally acclaimed master weaver and fiber artist Kay Sekimachi (1926-) is considered to be pioneer in the resurrection of weaving as a legitimate expression of art; her work can be found in at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Museum of Arts &amp; Design, New York, the Oakland Museum of California, and the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, and many other museums and private collections.\n </p>\n <p>\n  She was born on September 30, 1926, in San Francisco, California, and spent her childhood growing up in Berkeley. When she was three years old, the family spent a year in Japan. Upon returning to California, she began collecting and designing accessories for paper dolls while also attending after school programs to study calligraphy, both of which influenced early aesthetic senses and habits. When she was ten, her father passed away, and her family moved in with another Japanese American family.\n  <sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">\n   <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">\n    [1]\n   </a>\n  </sup>\n  At age sixteen, Sekimachi and her family were forced from their Berkeley home into American concentration camps for the duration of World War II. They first moved to\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Tanforan_(detention_facility)/\" title=\"Tanforan (detention facility)\">\n   Tanforan\n  </a>\n  Assembly Center, and then to\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Topaz/\" title=\"Topaz\">\n   Topaz\n  </a>\n  in Utah. While at Topaz, Sekimachi studied painting and origami at the Topaz Art School founded by\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Chiura_Obata/\" title=\"Chiura Obata\">\n   Chiura Obata\n  </a>\n  and also took classes in painting, costume design, and interior decoration in the high school.\n </p>\n <p>\n  In 1944, she and her family left Topaz after she graduated from high school. They resettled in Cincinnati, in part because the mother of a woman Sekimachi's mother had worked for in Berkeley needed domestic help. They lived in a\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Friends_Hostel,_Cincinnati/\" title=\"Friends Hostel, Cincinnati\">\n   Quaker hostel\n  </a>\n  , and Sekimachi initially worked as a domestic for six months before working as a pottery glazer and later as a dental technician. In 1945, the family returned to Berkeley, and the following year, she enrolled at the California College of Arts and Crafts. She left CCAC to pursue her interest in weaving in 1949, and took basic courses at the Berkeley Adult School to build her foundation of knowledge. In 1951, Sekimachi had the opportunity to attend a lecture by Bauhaus weaver Trude Guermonprez at Pond Farm, a craft community and school located in Guerneville, California. In 1954 and 1955, Sekimachi attended summer sessions back at the California College of Arts and Crafts specifically to studying with Guermonprez, and even finished Guermonprez's session as a substitute teacher in the summer of 1955.\n </p>\n <p>\n  In 1972, Sekimachi married craftsman and woodworker Bob Stocksdale, who had been confined in conscientious objector camps during World War II. In 1975, Sekimachi was recognized with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and traveled to Japan. She worked as a teacher at the Berkeley Adult School (where she had first learned to weave) from 1964-1972, and also at the San Francisco Community College from 1965-1986.\n </p>\n <p>\n  Her fiber work has been exhibited extensively in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including solo exhibitions at the Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California and at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles. The American Craft Museum in New York also mounted a traveling exhibition, \"Marriage in Form: Kay Sekimachi &amp; Bob Stocksdale\" that went to multiple venues around the United States from 1993-1995. The recipient of many awards, she was most recently recognized in 2002, upon receiving the American Craft Council's Gold Medal.\n </p>\n <p>\n  She lives in Berkeley, California.\n </p>\n <div id=\"authorByline\">\n  <b>\n   Authored by\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Patricia_Wakida/\" title=\"Patricia Wakida\">\n    Patricia Wakida\n   </a>\n  </b>\n </div>\n <div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  Wakida, Patricia\n </div>\n <div class=\"section\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n  <h2>\n   <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n    For More Information\n   </span>\n  </h2>\n  <div class=\"section_content\">\n   <p>\n    Chang, Gordon H., Mark Dean Johnson, and Paul J. Karlstrom, editors.\n    <i>\n     Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970\n    </i>\n    . Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2008.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    Hauseur, Krystal Reiko. \"Crafted Abstraction: Three Nisei Artists and the American Studio Craft Movement: Ruth Asawa, Kay Sekimachi, and Toshiko Takaezu.\" Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Irvine, 2011.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n     Kay Sekimachi oral history\n    </a>\n    . Interviewed by Suzanne Baizerman, July 26 to August 6, 2001. Archives of American Art.\n   </p>\n  </div>\n </div>\n <div class=\"section\" id=\"Footnotes\">\n  <h2>\n   <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">\n    Footnotes\n   </span>\n  </h2>\n  <div class=\"section_content\">\n   <div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n    <div class=\"mw-references-wrap\">\n     <ol class=\"references\">\n      <li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">\n       <span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\">\n        <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">\n         ↑\n        </a>\n       </span>\n       <span class=\"reference-text\">\n        Gordon H. Chang, Mark  Dean Johnson, and Paul J. Karlstrom, editors,\n        <i>\n         Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970\n        </i>\n        (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2008), 313; Krystal Reiko Hauseur, \"Crafted Abstraction: Three Nisei Artists and the American Studio Craft Movement: Ruth Asawa, Kay Sekimachi, and Toshiko Takaezu\" (Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Irvine, 2011), 36–37.\n       </span>\n      </li>\n     </ol>\n    </div>\n   </div>\n   <!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCached time: 20240418160808\nCache expiry: 86400\nDynamic content: false\nComplications: []\nCPU time usage: 0.013 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.019 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 157/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 1798/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 194/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 6/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nUnstrip recursion depth: 0/20\nUnstrip post‐expand size: 724/5000000 bytes\nExtLoops count: 0\n-->\n   <!--\nTransclusion expansion time report (%,ms,calls,template)\n100.00%   14.910      1 -total\n 45.69%    6.812      1 Template:Databox-People\n 15.67%    2.336      1 Template:Reflist\n  9.44%    1.407      1 Template:Published\n  9.19%    1.370      1 Template:AuthorByline\n-->\n   <!-- Saved in parser cache with key encycmw:pcache:idhash:1954-0!canonical and timestamp 20240418160808 and revision id 35953\n -->\n  </div>\n </div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"toplink\">\n <a href=\"#top\">\n  <i class=\"icon-chevron-up\">\n  </i>\n  Top\n </a>\n</div>",
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