Past Events

Here are just a few of our past lectures and events. Each year, we offer an insightful, always interesting lectures with wide-ranging topics from the use of contemporary materials to the documentation of traditional handwork.


TAC Tour to the 11th American Tapestry Biennial at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, 11 am, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

This tour is open to current TAC members and is $25.00.

The 11th American Tapestry Biennial is a traveling exhibit organized by the American Tapestry Alliance, a non-profit organization supporting the fine arts medium of contemporary handwoven tapestry since 1982. Alex Friedman, well respected tapestry weaver, former Director of the ATA, and current TAC board member, will be our guide and walk us through the exhibit giving us insights and background on the tapestries and the artists.

The ATA attracts members from around the world and these juried biennials document some of the most interesting works in contemporary tapestry. For more information, please visit their website at

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“Rip What You Sew: Twenty-Five Years of Mixed Media Art with a Fiber Sensibility” with Lisa Kokin, Artist

Saturday, January 21st, 2017, 10 a.m.
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

Admission: Free for current members of the TAC; $5 for students and members of FAMSF; $10 General Admission

Lisa Kokin makes art with recycled materials that she finds at flea markets, thrift stores, and recycling centers. She has worked with books, buttons, gut, photographs, thread, zippers and most recently with shredded money. Kokin’s work is often a critique of the socio-political status quo imbued with a healthy dose of levity and a keen sensitivity to materials and processes.

Sewing and fiber-related sensibilities play a key role in much of Kokin’s work, which she attributes to growing up in a family of upholsterers. Thread, which in the past she used to construct and embellish her work has, in her recent work, become a primary material. She explores irony and memory in her seemingly ephemeral pieces, allowing transiency itself to be immortalized in lasting works of art.

It is difficult to classify Lisa Kokin’s work. She is a conceptual artist, but few conceptual artists break as many boundaries in working with their materials. Her work has content, humor and social commentary, while maintaining a rigorous adherence to painstaking process.

Lisa Kokin lives and works in El Sobrante, California with her spouse Lia, three Chihuahua studio assistants and Bindi the cat. Kokin received her BFA and MFA from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA, and is the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, including the Dorothy Saxe Invitational Award for Creativity in Contemporary Arts from the Contemporary Jewish Museum, a WESTAF/NEA grant, and a Eureka Fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation. She maintains a thriving studio teaching practice, including critique groups, mentorships, workshops and classes.

Kokin’s work is in many private and public collections in the United States and abroad. She is represented by Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, CA, Gail Severn Gallery in Ketchum, ID, Tayloe Piggott Gallery in Jackson, WY, Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, MA, and Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas, TX.

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Textile Arts Council Annual Holiday Party

“Hanging TACfully”

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Krimsa Fine Rugs and Décor on Union Street

Hosted by the Textile Arts Council Board.

 Admission is complimentary for all TAC members and their guests.

Join us for fabulous food and drink, mingle with fellow textile enthusiasts, and stay for the live and silent auctions! New this year, the live auction will feature fiber artists Juline Beier, Mikki Bourne, Leslie Katz, Linda Mihara, Janice Paredes, and Barbara Shapiro interpreting “Hanging TACfully.” This is a great opportunity to support TAC and create connections in your Bay Area textile community, and it’s our chance to thank all of our wonderful members!

Please RSVP by calling us at 415.750.3627 or e-mailing


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The Roots: Engaging Social Sculpture 

With Latifa Medjdoub, Artist
Saturday, November 12th, 2016, 10 a.m.
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

Admission: Free for current members of the Textile Arts Council
$5 for students and members of the FAMSF, $10 General Admission

This lecture explores the possibilities of flexible sculpture as social practice engaging communities in a personal exploration and social connection.
The Roots is a site-specific, handcrafted, interactive fiber sculpture inspired by nature and employing a stunning ensemble of innovative fiber art and sculptural works, many of which were originally developed with varied communities as social art projects and have subsequently been part of installations, workshops, and performances around the region, including at the French American International School, The Old Mint, the San Francisco International Arts Festival, Alonzo King Lines Ballet and the Museum of Performance and Design.

After a brief historic of her previous experiences in diverse textile and art related industries, Latifa Medjdoub will engage on the topic of ‘The Roots principles as a unique tool to generate creative personal connections and inspire new reflections on larger social constructions.’

Born in France, Latifa Medjdoub is a San Francisco based artist. Her mediums include social art sculpture and installations, photography, painting and performance. Central themes of her work raise questions of identity, social roles, and the metatheatricality that shapes Humanity.

Educated at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et du textile of Roubaix, France, Medjdoub collaborated with leading artists in the performing arts and performing industry. Her critically acclaimed work has been shown in museums and galleries in Europe, Asia, and North America including the Museum of Art and Industry, Roubaix France; Cheongju Art Center, Korea; De Cordova Museum, MA; Santa Fe Art institute, NM; National Building Museum, DC; Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, TX; Fort Mason, San Francisco; The Museum of Performance and Design, San Francisco CA.


batik-imageAn Exclusive Tour! Batik Tulis: Heirloom Textiles of Java

Presented by the Wine Country Collector and available only to TAC members.

Tour takes place in Sonoma.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
10 am–noon

Admission is limited and is $50 per person, payable to the Textile Arts Council.

Batik has been recognized by UNESCO as part of the “intangible” cultural heritage of Indonesia. This presentation will center on the batik traditions on the island of Java. The tour will examine two dozen stellar vintage colonial era batiks from a prominent private textiles collection along with a small sampling of other Indonesian textile masterpieces. A Batik expert from Indonesia will guide the tour.

Batik making in Indonesia is a living tradition with deep historical roots. The batik process was revolutionized in the early 19th century with the introduction of imported machine-loomed ground cloth. This allowed the fullest expression of Javanese artistry. Prestigious public collections of batik are found in the Netherlands, Germany and the United States as well as Indonesia.

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