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Kay Sekimachi / Geometries

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  Kay Sekimachi: Geometries Illuminates Six Decades of Berkeley-Based Artist’s Creative Practice  A major new survey of textile art by Kay Sekimachi at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). The exhibition includes work made between 1965 and just relatively recently. Most of the pieces come from the collection of  Forrest L. Merrill . Sekimachi (1926- ) was born in Northern California to two Japanese immigrants. Her childhood in Berkeley was not easy; her father died at a young age, her mother was poor, and she spent a few years of her youth living in an internment camp for Japanese citizens following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Later in life, when Sekimachi attended California College of Arts and Crafts, a friend introduced her to the weaving room. Fascinated by the sight of the loomers at work, Sekimachi immediately decided to spend all of her savings on a loom. She would soon push the limits of what weaving could produce, creating sculptural forms out of tex

Weekend / Stuff

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I was able to visit my favorite rest stop on the way back from the Bay Area,  I also picked up some chairs by Luther Conover, George Nakashima and Eames! And how about this Betty Feves pot? Smalls by Peter Shire, Krenit and David Stewart.  I was also finally able to pick up a Traditional Rural Potteries in Present Japan woodblock by Serizawa Keisuke. This is the 1963 version.

Weekend / Stuff

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TOAD / Textiles Objects & Documents

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If you aren't already aware of this project, you should be.  TOAD (textiles, objects & documents) was created by Alexander Wendl in collaboration with Vince Bravo . They describe it as a privately curated, digital archive that explores historical textiles, objects, and documents from the mid-century period.  Their goal is to make to make private collections public. In addition to their own incredible collections, they include pieces from fellow collectors.  Their most recent post was on a personal favorite, Laverne International .  The ephemera stacks are deep at TOAD, with a major emphasis on Herman Miller. I'm super jealous of those boxes.   Vince has one of the (if not the) best Alexander Girard collections around.  The La Fonda del Sol post includes items from the collections of Alexander, Vince and Will-Wade Gray . I don't know what's more impressive, the fact that a single restaurant had that many matchbook designs or that Will has amassed so many.  Collect

Weekend / Stuff

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Eames, Greta Grossman and Dansk One of the best chair designs. Pure architecture.  Smalls

Weekend / Stuff

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  Japanese Iron, Venini hourglass, etc.. Scandi stuff Raul Coronel, 1966 Soleri Bells Speaking of Soleri bells, I came across this church right before I bought the bells. Divine intervention?

Joe Yamada / Landscape Architect

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Joseph Yamada helped design many of the most well known landmarks in his hometown of San Diego. He studied landscape architecture at the University of California Berkeley, where he was guided by three legendary modernists; Thomas Church, Garrett Eckbo, and Lawrence Halprin. He graduated in 1954 and returned home to San Diego where he joined landscape architect Harriet Wimmer, San Diego's first woman landscape architect in commercial practice. A woman and a former Japanese-American internment camp prisoner would become the most sought-after landscape architects in Southern California.  In 1960 they became partners and renamed the firm Wimmer Yamada & Associates, a name they kept even after Wimmer retired.  For more than 50 years Yamada was instrumental in providing landscape design.   Wimmer Yamada and Caughey  is still in business and is the longest-running landscape architecture firm in San Diego. Source:  Cultural Landscape Foundation Joseph Yamada and Elizabeth Kikuchi were