Ikat Box

  • Kay Sekimachi, Ikat Box, 1996, linen and acylic paint, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund, 2003.25

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Kay Sekimachi started making small woven boxes in the late 1970s for an exhibition of miniature textiles in England. She first makes a paper model of each box to see how the folds work and if the shape can stand on its own. In Ikat Box and Hako #5 (see 1998.122.20), she created cubes from natural linen and added detail with black thread and paint. The precise creases and rigid structure evoke origami, the art of folding paper into different shapes, which Sekimachi "just grew up knowing" in her Japanese American home.

Title
Ikat Box
Artist
Date
1996
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
10 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (25.4 x 14.0 x 14.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund

Mediums Description
linen and acylic paint
Classifications
Object Number
2003.25
Palette
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