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Katherine Westphal
Born: 1919, Los Angeles, California

Katherine Westphal
48w YAMA-DORI, Katherine Westphal, paper and linen, 40" x 45", 1983, $6,000
westphal kimono 38w GEISHA
Katherine Westphal
paper, dyed, heat-transfer photo copy, patched
101" x 64" x 4", 1985
westphal kimono
wesphal runners collage
              12w TWO RUNNER POTS, Katherine Westphal
              heat transfer photo copy collage drawing, 22" x 30", 1993, $2,000
katherine westphal 15W TOP DOG
Katherine Westphal
heat transfer on tapas bark cloth

58" x 42", 1991
wesphal raffia basket 42w RITUAL
Katherine Westphal
natural and synthetic raffia
12" x 7" x 7", 1999
wesphal heat transfer gourd basket 2w BAROQUE GATHERING
Katherine Westphal
heat transfer on rice paper, laminated gourd
11" x 10.5", 1989
katherine westphal

18kw GEISHA, GEISHA, Katherine Westphal
gourd, heat transfer on rice paper, laminated
, 11" x 10.5" x 10.5", 1989, $1,500

41kw NARA, Katherine Westphal
gourd, heat transfer on rice paper, laminated
, 10" x 13" x 13", 1996, $3,000

Selected permanent collections and exhibition venues:
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York; Trondheim Museum, Norway; Renwick Gallery, at the National Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland; San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum, California; Museum at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (Ties That Bind; Fiber Art by Ed Rossbach and Katherine Westphal from the Daphne Farago Collection - traveling exhibition); American Craft Museum, New York, New York ; de Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, California (Saxe Collection); Hauberg Collection, Seattle, Washington; Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington (Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection).

Award: Fellow: American Craft Council; Gold Medal: American Craft Council Keynote Address: World Crafts Council Conference, 1980.

Books: Chinese Dragons and Other Creatures: Chinese embroideries of the Ch'ing Dynasty, Lancaster-Miller Publishers, 1979; Katherine Westphal: Artist and Professor, Fiber Arts Oral History Series, University of California, Berkeley, California, Interview conducted by Harriet Nathan in 1984, published 1988. The Surface Designer's Art, Introduction by Katherine Westphal, Lark Books, Asheville, NC, 1993.

katherine westphal 35w CHUTO-HAUPA
Katherine Westphal
paper and linen

57" x 57", 1983
I want to become a link in that long chain of human activity, the patterning of cloth on any surface available. I have learned from many cultures and pay homage to them. My work is pretty much autobiographical and narrative. It records my travel – anything I see or experience can pop out in my work, the connection being most often intuitive. I draw constantly in museums and, because life is so speeded up, I record with a camera as well as a sketchbook.

My baskets build one stitch at a time – color, shape, image, idea – in a spiral pattern, a growth form. Each basket has a name – and an identity, and each basket is part of a series. The ideas can stem from nature, art, or from the chance remark of a friend. My baskets are not narrative or representational; they are my emotional reaction to a place, event or object.

                                Katherine Westphal

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