Lucia Matzger

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Artist’s Statement:

Although I haven’t been a coffee drinker for years, the organic quality of used coffee filters has intrigued me as an art material since 1993. The naturally subdued and earth toned colors, the arbitrary patterns of the coffee stains and their recyclable element all make the filters an attractive material to use. I use a variety of stained coffee filters, collected from over 25 coffee drinkers, as different color paints. “Creating” is part of who I am. My primary artistic medium has evolved over the course of my life, but coming from an early fashion focus, “designing” new forms, shapes, and visions for kimonos and other three dimensional sculptures from coffee filters feels familiar and spiritually satisfying.
The inspiration for my work comes primarily from observing my surroundings. My eyes are attracted to the lines, juxtapositions and shapes found in nature, architectural elements or just everyday objects. These shapes, angles, and designs I observe translate into possibilities for my work, which can either start after making small sketches or simply by laying out the filters and experimenting with various patterns and designs.
Growing up in the Netherlands I was exposed to handiwork and textiles at an early age, taking particular interest in embroidery, fabric design, hand made paper and multi media fabric art. This early interest drove my further exploration into the vast possibilities for textile medium and design. The Dutch landscape set under expansive blue skies and surrounded by the blue waves of the North Sea was calming and quite transfixing to me as a young girl. The organic, oriental nature of my present work recreates many of these feelings, even in the different environment of California where I now live.


M.M.S. Amsterdam, The Netherlands, B.A. Liberal Arts 1960 English and French language classes concurrently in Paris, France, and London, England College of Marin, Courses in art practice 1991, 1992

Selected Group Shows:

“Reclaimed: Elevating the Art of Refuse”, ScrapArt Show, Arts Education Project – 2016
“Fiber ArtsVII”, Sebastopol Center for the Arts – 2015
Intersections IV “Diversity in Art”, Herbst International, San Francisco, Oct. 18th – Nov. 16th 2008
“Alchemy of ReUse”, Sebastopol Center for the Arts – 2008
“Intersections III,” Herbst International Exhibition Hall, Presidio, San Francisco – 2006
“The Gift of Art” small works, Cecile Moochnek Gallery, Berkeley – 2000 to 2007
“Constructions and Compositions,” Virginia Breier Gallery, San Francisco – 2004
“Intersections II,” Herbs,’ International Exhibition Hall, Presidio, San Francisco – 2004
“Far off the Runway; Images of Clothing,” Virginia Breier Gallery, S.F – 2003
“Intersections,” Herbst International Exhibition Hail, Presidio, San Francisco – 2002
“Thirteen Fiber Artists,” Tiburon Town Hall, Tiburon – 2002
“Fine Art/Fine Fiber,” Marin Community Foundation: Arts Council, Larkspur – 2002
“Extending the Body,” Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, Pueblo, CO – 2002
Marin Civic Center, Marin Arts Council, San Rafael – 1985, 1987, 1992, 1993, & 2002
Santa Cruz Museum, Santa Cruz – 2002
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael – 2002
333 Bush, San Francisco – 2002
“Fabrications,” Mendocino College Art Gallery, Mendocino College – 2001
“Transforming Trash,” Turtle Bay Museum, Redding – 2001
“New Dimensional Work,” 600 Townsend St., San Francisco – 2000
Marin Technology Center, San Rafael – 2000
North gate mail, San Rafael – 1999
“Fiber as Art,” Underground Gallery, San Rafael – 1999
“Beyond Boundaries,” College Art Gallery: College of Marin, Kentfield – 1999
“Fiber Sculpture,” Marin Community Foundation., Larkspur – 1999
Marathon Plaza, San Francisco – 1993 & 1999
Nortel Communications, Los Altos – 1998
Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach – 1997
Tamalpais Center, Greenbrae – 1997
I Street Gallery, Sacramento – 1986 & 1997
Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Fremont – 1997
Artisans, Mill Valley – 1985 & 1996
Chinook Restaurant, San Rafael – 1996
Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera – 1996
Fairfax Library, Fairfax – 1996
The Atrium Art Gallery, Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae – 1995
Gallery One, Petaluma – 1991, 1995 & 2001
Gallery at the Bay Model Visitor Center, Sausalito – 1992 to 1994
KQED, San Francisco – 1994
Rodney Strong Vineyards, Healdsburg – 1993
From Near and Far Gallery, San Anselmo – 1990
Worden Gallery. San Francisco – 1989
Arts Guild of Sonoma, Sonoma – 989
The Framing Dragon, Mill Valley – 1989
Mill Valley City Hall, Mill Valley – 1989
Coyote Point Museum, San Mateo – 1988
Handworks Gallery, Carmel – 1987
Pacific Presbyterian Professional Building, San Francisco – 1987
College of Holy Names, Oakland – 1986
The Gallery, Sonoma – 1986
Presshouse Gallery, Buena Vista Winery, Sonoma – 1985, 1986
Oberon Gallery, Napa – 1984, 1985
College of Marin Gallery, Kentfield – 1984
“Imagination Celebration,” Marin Civic Center, San Rafael – 1984
The Gallery: University High School, San Francisco – 1984

Individual Shows:

“Decorative Art Forms with Coffee Filters” Tansu Gallery, San Francisco – 2016
Jan Holloway Fine Arts, San Francisco – 1985, 1986


Work currently displayed at the Cecile Moochnek Gallery in Berkeley, The Museum of Craft and Design and the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco and at McGuire’s in Scottsdale, AR. Formerly at the Virginia Breier Gallery in San Francisco from 2002 to 2006.


James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco
Cornnuts Inc., Oakland
State Farm Insurance Co., San Francisco
Leland, Parachine, Steinberg, et al., San Francisco
Pacific Medical Center, San Fancisco, Private Collections

Media/ Publications

Media/ Publications

HGTV Carole Duvall Show – April 2005
Surface Design Journal, cover and featured article – Winter 2002
Textiel Plus, No. 182, portfolio – December 2002
Fiberarts, review – November/December 2002
Artweek – June2001

Art Related Service and Activities:

fiber/Dimensions, Member of artist group – 1990 to Present
University of California Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Board Member – 2002-2006
Fibermania, Member of mixed media artist group – 1983 2002
Cylaine Handwoven Designs 1980 1984
Fiberworks. Center for the Textile Arts, Berkeley, Board Member – 1985 1987
Friends of Ethnic Art, Board Member – 1986 1987
de Young Museum, San Francisco,
Docent, Traditional Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas – 1972 1976