“I feel privileged to be a part of something that was such a splendid art event in the area where I live,” says Julia Kwitchoff, a textile artist who resides in the Sonoma wine country of “Running Fence” fame. Her unique textile artwork was carried in the prestigious Source Design Gallery of Santa Rosa in addition to her numerous commissioned pieces and exhibitions. She has been profiled in Art Today, Toronto Star, and most recently in the September 2007 issue of Sonoma Woman.
Kwitchoff received her B.F.A. from Washington University, St. Louis, in the art of metal-smithing, and her M.F.A. degree in Costume Design from San Francisco State University in the Theatre Arts program. She designed jewelry, one-of-a-kind clothing and soft sculptures before her textile art evolved into costuming for theatrical productions. Since 1995 she has worked for Summer Repertory Theatre, and currently wears two large and plumaged hats, Costume Director and Costume Designer. Recognized as an expert in her field, Kwitchoff teaches classes in Costume Construction and Props for Santa Rosa Junior College in addition to overseeing the college’s Costume Shop.
Her costumes have been seen in a myriad of plays at Santa Rosa Junior College, the Actors Theatre in Santa Rosa, Cinnabar Theatre in Petaluma, the Main Street Theatre in Sebastopol, Sonoma Repertory Theatre in Santa Rosa, Word for Word in San Francisco, Sonoma State University and San Francisco State University. Kwitchoff’s ability to take raw textiles and transform them into museum quality pieces is demonstrated by the engaging artwork she has created from the Running Fence panel fabric.