Metal Cutouts

Lucia Eames’s artwork often involved the incorporation of recyclable materials, scraps and what some might call “trash.” In the case of her Sunburst gates, which celebrated the power of the sun, some of the drops during fabrication were gathered and mounted on wood panels effecting a different kind of shadow than that of its counterpart—the […]


Lucia Eames’s gates were often inspired by elements in her natural world: grasses, foliage, birds, and celestial forms; illustrated literary art, such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, or a captured sensation, such as the serene, contemplative mood expressed in Zen Gate. Her gates often found different uses: swinging and closing as a protective door or […]

Banner & Flags

While Lucia Eames sketched many flags in her Steno Books, at times one to a page and at the times up to 23, she also designed and sewed flags and banners from rough burlap or softer, more elegant material.   Over time, their use was varied. Early on, after her arrival in San Francisco, some […]


Lucia Eames did occasionally sew—most spectacular were her design and execution of large fabric banners.  She also engaged in embroidery—whether directly onto clothing or on pieces of fabric anchored by an embroidery hoop. We only know of a few needlepoint pieces that she designed and created.  Of these four examples, the finished pin cushion was […]