Textile Arts Council Board
The membership of the Textile Arts Council elects volunteers to serve on the Textile Arts Council Board to govern the organization. These board members reflect a great diversity of interests in the textile arts community.
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BARBARA BECKMANN is the owner of Barbara Beckmann Designs, a textile resource for the interior design industry known in particular for silks. For twenty- three years, BBD has developed and refined hand-painting/printing techniques for fabric from the factory in Napa. Barbara graduated from the University of Illinois with a BFA degree, and also studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pratt Institute and the University of California at Berkeley. Her designs and paintings have been exhibited in New York and San Francisco. She has taught textile design at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and the University of California, Berkeley Extension and has illustrated several children’s books. She is an active member of HIA, NEWH, ASID, DFA and the Foundation for Design Integrity.
LESLEE JANE BUDGE has had a love of fashion since she made her first Barbie Doll dress in the 7th grade. In the 1980’s she followed her passions to create one-of-a-kind wearable art, which she showed and sold in galleries and museums across the country. In 1984 she won best in show in the functional category judged by Jack Lenor Larsen at the Gayle Wilson Gallery in Southampton New York. She was one of the featured artists in the Newark Museum Contemporary Wearable Art show and had her jackets for sale at Julie’s Artisans’ Gallery in New York City. In the late 80’s she matriculated to a Master of Business Administration program, earning an MBA with honors in the mid 90’s. Her other passion is healthcare administration where she has applied her business and program management skills. A love of textiles, especially Japanese and African, guides her interest in educating the public about textiles.
CATHERINE CERNY has had a career in textiles over more than 30 years. This included teaching and research at the university level, faculty advisor for an historic costume and textile collection as well a working as a costumer for various professional repertory theatre companies. Her recent interests include developing an extensive collection of ethnographic and tourist textiles and dress focusing on minority traditions, with attention to diverse textile fabrications, embellishments and garment structures.
MARY CONNORS (served 2005-2011, Chair 2010-2011) is an independent scholar now residing in the Bay Area after more than 30 years residence in various Southeast Asian countries. During her time in Asia she focused her study on the many ethnic groups found in the region and the crafts of these people, especially textiles. Author of Lao Textiles and Traditions (Oxford University Press, 1996),Mary has also contributed to exhibitions and catalogs such as “Beyond Tradition: Lao Textiles Revisited” Museum of FIT, NYC, 1995, “Weaving Tradition: Carol Cassidy and the Woven Silks of Laos”, Museum of Craft & Folk Art, SF 2004 and “Tai Textiles in the Mekong Region: Continuity and Change” Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi 2005. She is the co-founder of the Textile Arts Council’s Ethnic Textiles Study Group and the annual Textile Bazaar. Since 2012 Mary has been coordinating International Tours for TAC.
ALEX FRIEDMAN is a tapestry artist with over 40 years of experience. Her first textile venture was sewing lavender sachets at age 5. After she completing her college degree in art history she returned to textiles with passion. She was hired by the Michelle Lester Studio in NYC to help weave a large tapestry commission for Pan Am’s first fleet of 474s. She left the studio to continue on her own, weaving corporate, liturgical as well as many private commissions. She was the Director and Board member of the American Tapestry Alliance (2000-2008), a support community for over 600 members both here and abroad. She has had opportunities to live abroad and travel focusing on textiles. Since returning to the Bay Area she maintains a studio and has been an active member of Tapestry Weavers West, Baulines Craft Guild and Fiber Dimensions. She exhibits internationally, lectures and teaches from time to time. Besides contemporary tapestry she is very interested in ethnic and antique textiles. If textiles were less fragile she is sure they would tell the most complete story of humankind.
KARIN HAZELKORN: My lifelong passion for textiles began while growing up in Europe and I continued to learn about and collect ethnic textiles while working in Turkey and the Middle East 16 years ago and had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Asia. I have worked in marketing and program management at Cisco Systems for 11 years, and provide pro bono consulting to an ikat weaving collective in Flores Island, Indonesia and a women’s embroidery group in Kandahar, Afghanistan. I joined the Textile Arts Council in 2006, and attend 75% of the scheduled talks. Through David Holloway I recently volunteered at 2 events: the Ethnic Textile Bazaar and the Arts of Pacific Show. I serve on the Board of the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and chair their Strategic Marketing Committee. In addition, I am co-chairing a panel session on Global Artisans at the Textile Society of America (TSA) Symposium in Washington D.C. in September 2012. I am also working with the president of TSA, Elena Phipps, on gaining sponsorships and fundraising for the conference.
SHIRLEY JUSTER has been an enthusiastic TAC member and volunteer for five years. As exclusive sales representative for Tien-Hu Knitting Co., a Bay Area manufacturer of better sweaters for well-known American brands, she built their annual volume up to $15-16 million. She is currently a realtor with Alain Pinel in San Francisco, as a Senior Real Estate Specialist assisting seniors in their distinct real estate goals, concerns and needs. Besides offering a friendly face to TAC lecture-goers, Shirley’s other volunteer activities include her position as chair of the Bay Area Alumni Club of Washington University at St. Louis and her role as Vice President of Alameda County’s Crisis Support Services executive committee.
BARBARA KELLY is well-known and admired in the Bay Area for her exemplary teaching skills in sewing and patternmaking. She has taught at CCA, the Sewing Workshop, San Francisco City College, at a local high school and in programs at the de Young Museum. Her wide range of related experience includes writing, editing, fundraising and office management.
DONNA LAVALLEE: Donna LaVallee has a MS in Textile Conservation from the University of Rhode Island. She did her internship at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, NY and her apprenticeship at the Textile Conservation Workshop in South Salem, NY. She is currently the Collections Manager and Exhibits Coordinator at The Lace Museum in Sunnyvale, CA. Donna is a weaver, embroiderer and seamstress. She is past-president of the Moonlight Weavers’ Guild of Rhode Island and of Loom & Shuttle Weavers’ Guild of San Francisco. She is also past-president of the San Mateo Area Chapter Embroiderers Guild of America and currently the evening program chair of that group. She has served on the board of the Conference of Northern California Handweavers (CNCH) and is currently a member of the program committee for CNCH 2017. Donna has two 8 shaft looms at home and enjoys weaving yardage for clothing, baby blankets and other functional items. Her hand woven clothing has been exhibited at the American Textile History Museum. Donna had a career as a community nutritionist before switching to textiles.
SALLY YU LEUNG: Independent lecturer, author and curator of Chinese decorative arts, Ms. Leung is a graduate of UC Berkeley where she earned degrees in Oriental Languages and Physiology. From 1983-2000, she served as a board member of the Chinese American International School, of which she was Acting Head from 1985-6. Since 2001, she has also assumed the role of Chinese culture and calligraphy instructor for Pixar Animation Studios. She is the consultant and chief designer of the Interior Cultural Enhancement Project for the International School of Beijing at Shunyi, China. She served as the consultant for Macy’s 2005 Annual Spring Flower Show-Gardens of China, and in the same year she was the recipient of Woman Warrior Award in the Arts. From 1999-2009, she served as a Commissioner for the Asian Art Museum, SF. In June 2012, she became listed in the Chinese Ministry of Culture’s Hall of Fame for her contributions to the protection and preservation of Chinese Cultural Heritage.
BETTE MCKENZIE discovered her passion for art and fashion at a very early age and even luckier to have the chance to pursue this passion throughout her career. For 30 years she was Macy’s Vice President Public Relations and Special Events, she manage a department of 47 people and a $20 million dollar budget in order to oversee the public persona of a national brand. Her responsibilities included Community Relations, Event Development, and Special Events/Productions. Since her retirement, in 2009 she Co-Chaired “Discarded to Divine”, an event showcasing professional and aspiring designers who transform discarded clothing into one-of-a-kind creations a benefit for Saint Vincent de Paul. Following her commitment to sustainability she sat on the Selection Board for The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco, a unique art and education program. Bette has held many board positions including: Chair of Board of Directors, East Bay Agency for Children, Board of Directors, Cal Performances, Board Member, De Young Museum, Textile Art Council, Business Advisory Council, SF MOMA, Selection Board, Artist in Residence Program, Recology Development Board, San Francisco St. Vincent de Paul, Development Board, Oakland School for the Arts
JANICE PAREDES: My childhood was filled with textiles, textures and colors. My first textile memory was of a blue velvet dress. I loved the plush hand and deep navy color. I remember my mom demonstrating how to cut the pile correctly so that my doll’s dress matched mine. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design from Woodbury University, I worked 25 years in the apparel industry as a patternmaker, designer and merchandiser. I developed patterns, designed calico printed dresses and created lace blouses for Jessica McClintock / Gunne Sax. While working for Levi Strauss & Co., I designed and merchandised Woman’s and Children’s jeans, tops and jackets. Currently, I am a Program Coordinator and teach at The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. I am also a member of the Advisory Board for The Fashion Incubator of San Francisco. In my spare time, I enjoy using fabric piecing, applique and embroidery techniques in order to create new textiles from repurposed items. I am very interested in opportunities for students and Bay Area designers to be involved with the Textile Arts Council
JULIANA PENNINGTON is a designer who has worked for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco for eighteen years, serving as Lead Exhibition Graphic Designer for major exhibitions. Auspiciously, the very first museum exhibition project was “Ikat: Splendid Silks of Central Asia” in 1997. Subsequent work for textile-related exhibitions included “Artwear”, “Turkmen Carpets”, “Vivienne Westwood”, “Nan Kempner: American Chic”, “Yves St. Laurent”, “Pulp Fashion” (Isabelle de Borchgrave’s marvelous re-creations of historic fashion in paper!), and “Balenciaga and Spain.” She also has multi-faceted career experience in regional planning and urban design, visual merchandising, and a stint with Esprit creating fabric patterns, as well as freelance work for arts and cultural groups in the Bay Area. Clients have included the San Francisco Opera Guild (book designer: 75th Anniversary Commemorative), Urban Ecology (book designer: “Blueprint for a Sustainable Bay Area”), Norcal Artist-in-Residence Program, the City of Palo Alto, Macy’s, and the Nature Company. She studied fine arts at Humboldt State University with an emphasis in printmaking, and at CCAC, where she discovered computer-assisted design and graphics, now used as tools of the trade. Her early interest in drawing, sewing, color and construction techniques sparked explorations in fiber arts and surface decoration on a variety of substrates, which continues with handmade paper, natural dyes, fibers, and artist’s books. She has taught courses and lectured in papermaking and book arts at Kala Institute, Waldorf High School, UC Extension, Academy of Art, and the Randall Museum.
HELEN SCULLY has had a career working with museums in many areas such as administration, fundraising, marketing, public relations and volunteer recruitment and training. With a MA degree in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh, she has had an interest in textiles and has collected them for years. Helen has volunteered for the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Legion of Honor.
JOY STOCKSDALE received a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA. As a result of studies at Goldsmith’s College, University of London in 1979, she developed polychromatic screen printing. Her printed silk garments, hangings, and quilts have been exhibited throughout the US. She has taught workshops at craft schools, guilds, and conferences. She is the author of an instructional book on her process, Polychromatic Screen Printing, revised in 1991
CONNIE STRAYER has been designing costumes for over 30 years educationally and professionally. She has designed for all areas of theatre, including opera and dance as well as fashion. Her designs have been seen in the Bay Area and in select venues internationally.
She is also an accomplished textile artist, utilizing those skills in her work as well as collaborating with other designers to realize their vision. She has executed textile designs for major theatres here and abroad and extends those skills to the fashion arena and designs and handprints yardage for local designers. Her involvement with textiles and theatres has offered her the opportunity to lecture worldwide on the special artistry of textiles and their makers. Connie is a practicing union make-up artist, working for San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, and Mark Morris Dance Group as well as various films. Her most memorable experience was participating in a project with the acclaimed photographer Annie Liebowitz about women living with HIV. Connie is a full time Sr. Lecturer at Stanford University and teaches in the area of Design. She is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.
DANA WALSH is a CA Certified Interior Designer with over thirty years of interior design experience, both residential and commercial. Located in the SF Design Center, her firm currently works primarily in residential design in the greater Bay Area. Past projects have ranged from the “high-roller” suites at the Reno Hilton to residences in Honolulu and Tokyo. Her background includes ten years as a furnishing retailer and five years as a contributor, columnist and editor for Inside magazine, a local publication that featured designers and design resources throughout the Bay Area. Dana’s interest in textiles was strongly influence by her mother, who introduced her to a love of art and antiques and a passion for collecting. The use of fine fabrics, vintage textiles and unique artifacts are a hallmark of her design work. Dana received a BS in Industrial Design from San Jose State University. She’s a past president of an array of organizations; IFDA, (International Furnishings and Design Association) No. CA chapter, The Nob Hill Republican Women’s Club and the Greater Clement St. Merchants Assn.
SHELLEY WELLS has a background in higher education and community based non-profits. Her graduate work in cultural anthropology had an emphasis in women’s studies, oral history and the role of textiles in society. Shelley also has a background in fundraising. Her lifelong interest in textiles started at an early age with knitting, sewing and needle work.