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Oral history interview with Katherine Westphal

Interviewee:
Westphal, Katherine  Search this
Interviewer:
Austin, Carole  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Fiberworks, Center for the Textile Arts  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Rhode Island School of Design  Search this
University of California, Davis -- Faculty  Search this
Farago, Daphne  Search this
Hickman, Pat (Patricia Lynette), 1941-  Search this
Karoly, Frederic, 1898-1987  Search this
Laky, Gyöngy, 1944-  Search this
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Lynn, Greg  Search this
Rossbach, Ed  Search this
Extent:
58 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Date:
2002 September 3-7
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Katherine Westphal conducted 2002 September 3-7, by Carole Austin, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America.
This interview took place in Berkeley, California. Westphal speaks of drawing every day; her rewarding education experience teaching at University of California, Davis' Applied Behavioral Sciences Department; her college encounters; the World Crafts Conference in Vienna in 1980; the significance of her travels in her artwork, including trips to Egypt, Hawaii, Wyoming, and Indonesia among others; her fascination with different types of art; the non-functional aspect of her artwork; the lack of necessity to sell artwork due to her job teaching, and the personal nature of her work not driven by a "craft market"; working for the textile industry; working with agent Frederick Karoly in New York; the considerable collection Daphne Farago has made of both Katherine's and her husband, Ed Rossbach's, artwork; her working environment; her storage condo; her most precious possession, her dogs; remodeling her Berkeley home and installing a glass elevator; the artist community at UC Davis and Fiberworks before it became a school; people she took workshops with at Fiberworks; a chronology of her work from the 1960s to present day; her and Ed's retirement in 1979 and their subsequent trip to Bali; her relationship with the home health care industry when Ed became sick; her development of baskets; her love of color; her artist in residency at Rhode Island School of Design in 1980, learning to work on the Jacquard loom; her very personal collection of postcards, which she created while on trips; her dog stories; several of the shows she has been in, including "Objects: USA" and "American Crafts at the Vatican"; the commission she completed for a hotel in Tokyo; and her copy machines and the various technological advances made during her career. Westphal also recalls Gyöngy Laky, Chere Lai Mah, Pat Hickman, Greg Lynn, Helen and Tio Giambruni, Jack Lenor Larsen and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Katherine Westphal (1919- ) is a fiber artist in Berkeley, California. Carole Austin is an interviewer, curator, and writer in Orinda, California.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
Use requires an appointment.
Access is to transcript only.
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Fiber artists -- California -- Berkeley -- Interviews  Search this
Textile crafts -- California  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women textile artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.westph02
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90eb7eed0-7263-4e68-a8f7-8c1b28986497
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-westph02

Oral history interview with Gyöngy Laky

Interviewee:
Laky, Gyöngy, 1944-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Branford, Joanne Segal, 1933-1994  Search this
Christiansen, Brett  Search this
Dobras, Darryl  Search this
Dumas, Mary  Search this
Elliott, Lilian, 1930-1994  Search this
Foosaner, Judith, 1940-  Search this
Gablik, Suzi  Search this
Hamilton, Ann, 1956-  Search this
Lahner, Émile, 1893-1980  Search this
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980  Search this
Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988  Search this
Ocampo, Kim  Search this
Puryear, Martin, 1941-  Search this
Rossbach, Ed  Search this
Sontag, Susan, 1933-2004  Search this
Voulkos, Peter, 1924-2002  Search this
Extent:
11 Items (Sound recordings: 11 sound files (4 hr., 8 min.), digital, wav)
66 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2007 December 11-12
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Gyöngy Laky conducted 2007 December 11-12, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Laky's home and studio, in San Francisco, California.
Laky speaks of her recent exhibitions; leaving Hungary as a child; using words in art; learning languages; family influences in her art; the family art gallery and Chinese painting; changing majors in college; working with various materials; using recycled materials in her work; retirement; planning her works; working with assistants; working with a small community in Europe; construction of her works; using computers to create art; the craft "renaissance"; scale and outdoor projects; working with dealers and commissioned pieces; emphasis on negative space. Laky also recalls Emile Lahner, Mary Dumas, Ed Rossbach, Judy Foosaner, Peter Voulkos, Joanne Branford, Lillian Elliott, Henry Miller, Louise Nevelson, Darryl Dobras, Brett Christiansen, Kim Ocampo, Jack Lenor Larsen, Martin Puryear, Ann Hamilton, Suzi Gablik, Susan Sontag, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Gyöngy Laky (1944- ) is a textile artist from San Francisco, California. Mija Riedel (1958- ) is a curator and writer from San Francisco, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 11 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 8 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Computer Art  Search this
Painting -- China  Search this
Textile artists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Art and computers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.laky07
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw943b1a81c-dc91-43ff-b58c-94ffd7b397ac
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-laky07
Online Media:

Gyöngy Laky papers

Creator:
Laky, Gyöngy, 1944-  Search this
Names:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
University of California, Davis. Art Dept. -- Faculty  Search this
Laky, Zyta  Search this
Extent:
21.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Date:
1912-2007
Scope and Contents:
Biographical information, correspondence, writings, photographs, printed material, works of art, and a video.
Biographical / Historical:
Gyöngy Laky (1944- ) is a textile artist and educator in San Francisco, Calif.
Provenance:
Donated 2004-2010 by Gyöngy Laky as part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America. Additions are expected.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Laky's diary from her year in India, 1971-1972 (1 fldr) is ACCESS RESTRICTED: written permission required. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Fiber artists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Educators -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women textile artists  Search this
Women educators  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.lakygyon
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9f6453527-18e0-4f6b-8d16-1320f7f7c7fb
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-lakygyon

Fiberworks, Center for the Textile Arts records

Creator:
Fiberworks, Center for the Textile Arts  Search this
Names:
Laky, Gyöngy, 1944-  Search this
Extent:
3.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Date:
1973-2005
bulk 1974-1987
Summary:
The Fiberworks, Center for the Textile Arts records measure 3.2 linear feet and date from 1973-2005, with the bulk of the records dating from 1974-1987. The collection documents the textile arts school, gallery, and studio through administrative records, photographs, printed matter, and audiovisual material. Records include meeting minutes; photographs of artwork, events, and the Fiberworks community; brochures, announcements, newsletters, and clippings; and sound and video recordings from symposiums, lectures, and interviews.
Scope and Contents:
The Fiberworks, Center for the Textile Arts records measure 3.2 linear feet and date from 1973-2005, with the bulk of the records dating from 1974-1987. The collection documents the textile arts school, gallery, and studio through administrative records, photographs, printed matter, and audiovisual material. Records include meeting minutes; photographs of artwork, events, and the Fiberworks community; brochures, announcements, newsletters, and clippings; and sound and video recordings from symposiums, lectures, and interviews.

Administrative records include meeting minutes from the board of trustees and advisory committee as well as an exhibition file. Printed material includes exhibition announcements, posters, and catalogs; event posters and schedules; Fiberworks course catalogs and brochures; publications; and clippings. Photographs and slides depict artwork, exhibition installations, and events. Also included is a series composed of papers, photographs, video, and sound recordings from Fiberworks symposiums as well as recordings of interviews and lectures hosted by the organization.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 4 series.

Series 1: Administrative Records, 1974-1987

Series 2: Symposiums, Lectures, and Interviews, circa 1978-1989

Series 3: Printed Material, 1973-2005, bulk 1974-1987

Series 4: Photographs, 1974-1987
Biographical / Historical:
Fiberworks Center for the Textile Arts was a textile arts school in Berkley, California, established in 1973 by artist Gyöngy Laky. Fiberworks operated a studio, a gallery, and a school until 1987.

Fiberworks held exhibitions and symposiums, housed resident-artists, and organized workshops, adult education classes, and trips all over the world for interested textile artists. Additionally, Fiberworks partnered first with Lone Mountain College in San Francisco, California, and then with John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California, to provide an M.F.A. degree.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Gyongy Laky, founder of Fiberworks, in 2006.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.

Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Topic:
Fiber artists -- California  Search this
Function:
Art Schools -- California
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Citation:
Fiberworks, Center for the Textile Arts records, 1973-2005. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.fibecenf
See more items in:
Fiberworks, Center for the Textile Arts records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw938c118e4-851e-4b4f-876b-fad66c330a2c
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-fibecenf

Oral history interview with Gyöngy Laky, 2007 December 11-12

Interviewee:
Laky, Gyöngy, 1944-  Search this
Laky, Gyöngy, 1944-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Branford, Joanne Segal  Search this
Christiansen, Brett  Search this
Dobras, Darryl  Search this
Dumas, Mary  Search this
Elliott, Lilian  Search this
Foosaner, Judith  Search this
Gablik, Suzi  Search this
Hamilton, Ann  Search this
Lahner, Émile  Search this
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Miller, Henry  Search this
Nevelson, Louise  Search this
Ocampo, Kim  Search this
Puryear, Martin  Search this
Rossbach, Ed  Search this
Sontag, Susan  Search this
Voulkos, Peter  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Computer Art  Search this
Painting -- China  Search this
Textile artists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Art and computers  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13672
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)274523
AAA_collcode_laky07
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_274523
Online Media:

Scrapbook

Creator:
Laky, Gyöngy, 1944-  Search this
Laky, Gyöngy, 1944-  Search this
Type:
Albums
Date:
1977-1981
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6230
See more items in:
Gyöngy Laky papers, 1912-2007
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6230

Gyöngy Laky papers, 1912-2007

Creator:
Laky, Gyöngy, 1944-  Search this
Laky, Gyöngy, 1944-  Search this
Subject:
Laky, Zyta  Search this
University of California, Davis. Art Dept.  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women textile artists  Search this
Women educators  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Women  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11146
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)248742
AAA_collcode_lakygyon
Theme:
Craft
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_248742

Oral history interview with Lia Cook

Interviewee:
Cook, Lia, 1942-  Search this
Interviewer:
Baizerman, Suzanne  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Allrich Gallery  Search this
American Craft Council  Search this
College Art Association of America  Search this
European Textile Network  Search this
Hadler Galleries  Search this
Handarbetets vanner (Society)  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts -- Faculty  Search this
Konstfack (Stockholm, Sweden)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Perimeter Gallery  Search this
University of California, Berkeley -- Students  Search this
Abakanowicz, Magdalena  Search this
Hicks, Sheila, 1934-  Search this
Jacobi, Peter, 1935-  Search this
Jacobi, Ritzi, 1941-  Search this
Laky, Gyöngy, 1944-  Search this
O'Banion, Nance  Search this
Rappaport, Deborah  Search this
Rossbach, Ed  Search this
Extent:
36 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place:
Europe -- description and travel
Japan -- Description and Travel
Date:
2006 August 22-29
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Lia Cook conducted 2006 August 22-29, by Suzanne Baizerman, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in the artist's studio, in Berkeley, California.
Cook speaks of her childhood in California; studying political science at University of California, Berkeley; being strongly influenced by the textiles of Mexican cultures; studying weaving at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design and Handarbetets Vänner in Stockholm, Sweden; attending graduate school at Berkeley under Ed Rossbach; a strong interest in photography; teaching experiences at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; participating in the Lausanne International Biennial of Tapestry in Switzerland; the impact of the digital Jacquard loom on the development of her work; travels throughout Europe and Japan; commission work; experiences with Allrich Gallery, Hadler/Rodriguez Gallery, and Perimeter Gallery; series Fabric Landscape, Material Pleasure, Point of Touch, Presence/Absence, and Anatomy of a Portrait; her involvement with American Craft Council, European Textile Network, and College Art Association; and the importance of teaching in her life. Cook also recalls Gyongy Laky, Nance O'Banion, Deborah Rappaport, Sheila Hicks, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Peter and Ritzi Jacobi, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Lia Cook (1942- ) is a textile painter of Berkeley, California. Suzanne Baizerman (1942- ) is an independent curator of Alameda, California.
General:
Originally recorded as 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 11 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 23 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Fiber artists -- California -- Berkeley  Search this
Painters -- California -- Berkeley  Search this
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women textile artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.cook06
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91647bf42-c0b5-4fa9-87ad-2c6325c496b8
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-cook06
Online Media:

Matter, memory, meaning / Gyongy Laky, guest curator ; essays by Gyongy Laky ... [et al.] ; Honolulu Academy of Arts, March 14-April 12, 1981

Author:
Laky, Gyongy 1944-  Search this
Honolulu Academy of Arts  Search this
Western Association of Art Museums  Search this
Physical description:
12 p. : ill. ; 41 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogues
Place:
California
San Fransisco Bay Area
United States
Date:
1981
C1981
20th century
Topic:
Art--Philosophy  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Handicraft  Search this
Call number:
N6512 .M345 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_688728

Gyöngy Laky / [author, Janet Koplos]

Author:
Koplos, Janet  Search this
Subject:
Laky, Gyongy 1944- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
47 p. : col. ill., col. ports. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2003
C2003
20th century
Topic:
Sculpture, American  Search this
Basketwork  Search this
Call number:
NK3649.55.U64 L35 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_718785

Point of contact : [exhibition] May 8 to June 17, 1978 / curated by Gyöngy Laky, Sabine Reckewell

Author:
Fiberworks, Center for the Textile Arts  Search this
Laky, Gyongy 1944-  Search this
Reckewell, Sabine  Search this
Physical description:
[40] p. : ill. ; 18 x 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
California
United States
Date:
1978
C1978
20th century
Topic:
Fiberwork  Search this
Fiberwork--History  Search this
Call number:
N6512.5.F48 F53 1978
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_566685

Fiber art : visual thinking and the intelligent hand / Gyöngy Laky ; with an introduction by Kenneth R. Trapp ; interviews conducted by Harriet Nathan in 1998-1999

Author:
Laky, Gyongy 1944-  Search this
Nathan, Harriet  Search this
Bancroft Library Regional Oral History Office  Search this
Subject:
Laky, Gyongy 1944-  Search this
Physical description:
xxxii, 246 pages, [30] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 29 cm
Type:
Interviews
Place:
California
Date:
2003
©2003
Topic:
Textile artists  Search this
Wood-carvers  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1066508

Gyöngy Laky, intersections

Title:
Intersections
Author:
Laky, Gyongy 1944-  Search this
Braunstein/Quay Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Laky, Gyongy 1944-  Search this
Physical description:
39 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2007
C2007
Call number:
NB237.L265 A4 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_930584

Language Formation, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Laky, Gyongy 1944-  Search this
Medium:
Fruit tree prunings, wire, plastic and cloth tape
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by City of Sacramento Art in Public Places Program 800 Tenth Street, Suite 1 Sacramento California 95814
Located City Hall 915 I Street Council Chambers Sacramento California
Date:
1990
Topic:
Allegory--Other--Thought  Search this
Control number:
IAS 66060038
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_297496

Inner Glyphs Out, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Laky, Gyongy 1944-  Search this
Medium:
Cotton, nylon, wool and tinsel woven and sewn
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1979.159.13
Date:
1976
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 08580900
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_112856

Inner Glyphs Out, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Laky, Gyongy 1944-  Search this
Medium:
Natural and synthetic fibers
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by United States General Services Administration Art-in-Architecture Program 18th & F Streets Washington District of Columbia 20506
Located Social Security Administration Western Program Center Lobby Richmond California
Date:
1976. Completed Dec. 1976
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 75002806
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_5157

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