Lectures and Events

January through November, TAC sponsors monthly programs. Most programs are illustrated lectures by recognized experts in their fields or by working textile artists.

Hands-on workshops in the textile arts are sometimes given in conjunction with a TAC lecture. These workshops provide an opportunity for participants to experience the process of creating or embellishing textiles while working with experts in the textile field. Workshops are limited to a small number of participants.

Lectures are held in the Koret Auditorium of the de Young Museum or the Florence Gould Theater at the Legion of Honor.

Admission to our programs is FREE for Textile Arts Council Members, $10 General Admission, $5 Students and FAMSF members. Museum admission fee applies when lectures are held at the Legion of Honor.

2016 Lectures & Events



Social Fabric 

With Karen Hampton, mixed-media textile artist
Saturday, October 8th, 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

I am a conceptual artist working with narrative storytelling and re-memory. My artwork is steeped in oral history and is an expression of the unconscious. I think of myself as a griot (storyteller), I impart conceptualized stories about the “other” in society. Whether reflecting on my childhood or my visions of my ancestors’ lives, my goal is always to stand up for the under-represented and tell an expanded American story. I believe every time my weft crosses the warp or my needle pierces the cloth, I reach through another layer of the scorched earth that slavery has left behind and revealed another bit of our collective historical conscience.



October 9th, 2016 10a.m.-4p.m.
Moriarty Hall, St. Anne of the Sunset Church
1300 Funston (at Judah), San Francisco, 94122

Our annual Textile Bazaar is a truly unique event, hosting a vendor mix that offers a wide range of textiles, jewelry, and home accessories from around the world and from the creative community within the Bay Area. Save the date, October 9, and join us once again for a very special Textile Arts Council event.

There are currently a few vendor tables still available. Please contact Shirley.juster@gmail.com  for details.


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.

For more information, please contact tac@famsf.org.


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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.


Textile Arts Council Annual Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Krimsa Fine Rugs and Décor on Union Street

Join us for fabulous food and drink, mingle with fellow textile enthusiasts, and stay for the live and silent auctions! We are pleased to announce that fiber artists Juliene Beier, Mikki Boune, Leslie Katz, Linda Mahara, Janice Paredes, and Barbara Shapiro will all be featured in this year’s live action. This is a great opportunity to get together with your Bay Area textile community, and it’s our chance to thank all of our wonderful members!