M.A. in Textile Art, California State University; Los Angeles , California.
Kathleen Knippel is co-owner of Art Studio Fuji, school of jewelry making and textile design, in Florence. She 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, Kathleen 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 put on by SU Florence in collaboration with the Maggio Muscicale Fiorentino, such as "Where the Wild Things Are" and" Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Kathleen 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.
Before moving to Italy, Kathleen taught at Rio Hondo College in California. Since living in Florence she has taught textile art courses for numerous university art programs such as SU Florence where she has been teaching courses in fiber arts, batik, silkscreen printing, surface design, costume design and textile soft sculpture since 1977.