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



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 tac@famsf.org.



“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.

Learn more at www.lisakokin.com


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 http://americantapestryalliance.org.

To learn more about the tour and to RSVP, please e-mail us at tac@famsf.org.


“Hidden Treasure: The Javanese Batik Collection of Thailand’s King Chulalongkorn (1868-1910)”

with Dale Gluckmano-180-1n, Senior Consultant at the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, Bangkok and former curator and department head, Costume & Textile Department, LACMA

Saturday, February 11th, 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

Join us as Dale Gluckman guides us through an exciting discovery in the archives! During the preliminary research for a new textile museum in Bangkok, now the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, the design and curatorial consulting teams were taken into the storerooms of the Inner Court of the Grand Palace. Among the many textiles and elements of dress shown to the team were several batik hip wrappers easily recognized as Javanese. Where did they come from and why were they in the royal store rooms?  Who made the collection, under what circumstances, and why? How many were there and in what condition? Did anyone outside the court know about them? Why was this such an important re-discovery and why had they never been exhibited, published or researched? These and many more questions will be answered in this talk and plans for the collection’s public debut will be discussed. Highlights from this truly “hidden treasure” will be shared along with historic photos related to the formation of the collection.