An American textile artist, Kathy Knippel was commissioned by Volkswagen in the ‘70s to create a full-scale soft sculpture of a Volkswagen “Beetle,” now in the permanent collection of the Volkswagen Museum in Englewood, New Jersey.
Kathy Knippel teaches Batik at SACI. She previously taught at Rio Hondo College in Los Angeles.
She has produced costumes for several theatrical productions, including Shakespeare’s MacBeth, performed at the Bargello Museum in Florence in 2009. Her work has been featured in many books and publications on fabrics. She has exhibited frequently in Italy and the US.
Kathy Knippel has a BA in Education and an MFA in Textile Design, California State University, Los Angeles.
I see each student as a budding artist and hope to draw out and develop each one's creative instincts, giving him/her new tools and outlooks to explore in this journey of growth. The student needs to acquire proper techniques and skills in the artistic medium, then these tools can be explored, manipulated, and combined with other media to develop individual creative expressions. I want to give the student one more media tool in the exciting course of serigraphy with its many contemporary applications and mixed media possibilities to utilize in their artistic expressions. I find it especially exciting to work with the young people who come to study abroad in Italy full of excitement and promise, and it constantly renews my own first impressions when I came to Italy.