Kathleen Knippel received her BA in Fine Art and Art Education from California State University, Los Angeles in 1965 and continued on to complete her MFA in Textile Arts with them in 1967. She is co-owner of Art Studio Fuji, school of jewelry making and textile design, in Florence. Knippel is a textile artist who combines her textile works with surface design, sewing and textile sculpture.
In California she produced a life-size Volkswagen Bug in textile sculpture that is now in the collection of the VW Company. In Florence, Knippel is inspired by the environment and produces works about the city, its buildings and piazzas. With a deep love for creating fantasy costumes, she has produced costumes for several theatrical productions in collaboration with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, such as “Where the Wild Things Are” and” Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Knippel also made the costumes for a private theater group’s production of “Macbeth” performed at the Bargello Museum in Florence. Her textile works have been exhibited in Los Angeles, Florence, Antwerp and Yokahama and are featured in several textile books and magazines.