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.

2017 Lectures & Events



“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.


Food and Fibers Project shoot, Cordova, Alaska

Food and Fibers Project shoot, Cordova, Alaska

“Natural Dyes in the Textile Industry and the Art of Sustainability” with Kathy Hattori

Saturday, March 4th, 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




Apparel and textile dyeing are among the most polluting processes due to the high levels of toxic chemistry in dyes and fabric finishes. Apparel brands are looking for environmental solutions that help them get one step closer to sustainability. While countries worldwide—including the U.S.—are battling drought and contaminated water supplies, getting the fashion and textile industry to clean up to protect water sources is starting to take center stage.

We’ll take a closer look at some of the ways natural dyes are being incorporated into the textile industry and ways to support non-toxic color in your everyday life.

Kathy Hattori is the founder and President of Botanical Colors and sells organically certified dyes to artisans and industrial clients seeking a more sustainable, natural color palette. She is a recognized authority on natural dyes and pigments as well as commercial applications using natural dyes and has been a pioneer in the field since 2003. In addition to consulting and advising companies on their natural dye implementation strategies, Kathy has worked with the largest natural dye houses in the U.S. Her international experience includes creating a natural dye program for the largest organically certified tannery in Europe and implementing large-scale natural dye programs.She has also consulted and advised a number of major retail brands and was awarded a USDA VAPG grant in 2013 for natural dye research. In 2016, Botanical Colors was named a Sustainability Leadership Award finalist by Sustainable Seattle and continues to grow working with major fashion brands worldwide. Kathie currently teaches and lectures about natural dyes and is sought after as a speaker about the status of natural dyes in global textile production as well as scaling natural color.


TAC Exclusive: “Safeguarding your Textile Treasures,” a textile conservation workshop

with de Young Conservators Sarah Gates and Anne Ghetts
Textile Conservation Lab at the De Young Museum, Thursday, April 20th, 2017, 9 am to 12 pm

$75 | Open to current TAC members| Pre-registration is required

FAMSF staff conservators Sarah Gates and Anne Getts will conduct a workshop on how textile collectors can best safeguard their textiles at home.  This event will take place “behind the scenes” in the Museums’ expansive Textile Conservation Lab at the de Young.  The first part of the 3-hour event will discuss what causes textiles to degrade, how you can identify these threats, and what you yourself can do about it – including the safest way to store and display your textiles in a non-museum environment.   Following the lecture, there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions about their own particular collection conundrums.   This will allow attendees to learn how to apply and adapt conservation solutions, tailoring them to individual time, labor, space, and funding constraints.  Examples will be drawn from the museum’s permanent collection.  Take home resources such as archival supplier lists and helpful web sites will be provided.
NOTE:  this is not a workshop where attendees bring in their own textiles for specific treatment advice, but high resolution color photographs are encouraged in order to illustrate your questions.  Instead we will be providing guidelines by which you can extend the lifetime of your favorite textiles – and for some, a way to protect your investment.

Sarah Gates has been associated with the FAMSF for over 35 years and head of the Textile Conservation Lab for over 20.  She received her training from the University of London textile conservation program at Hampton Court.  Anne Getts is the Mellon-funded, Assistant Conservator.  She is a graduate of the Winterthur-University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. Together they are responsible for the safekeeping of over 13,000 textiles in the Museums’ permanent collection.

For more information and to pre-register, contact tac@famsf.org