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.

Lectures & Events

The Flowing Line: Japanese Tsutsugaki Paste Resist Textiles

2018

January

The Flowing Line: Japanese Tsutsugaki Paste Resist Textiles

Presented by Ruth Anderson, Independent Scholar
Saturday,January 20, 2018, 10 am
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

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

Japanese tsutsugaki (“tube drawing”) is a paste resist technique that previously was widely used by dyers in towns and villages throughout Japan to decorate a variety of ceremonial, household and commercial textiles. Tsutsugaki textiles are known for their bold, vibrant patterns drawn free-hand, in flowing lines, with the tsutsu. We will explore the rich vocabulary of auspicious symbols and themes from folk legends depicted on tsutsugaki textiles, and look at when and how these symbols and themes were used. Many of these symbols express important themes in Japanese culture.

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The Paul J. Smith Textile Collection at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

A Geographical Journey: The Paul J. Smith Textile Collection at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

with Amy DiPlacido, Curator of Exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
Sunday, January 28, 11:00am
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
520 S. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Admission: Tour is open to members of TAC, $25, pre-registration is required. As a member, you are welcome to host one guest who need not be a TAC member.

Director Emeritus of the Museum of Arts and Design in NY, Paul J. Smith is an art administrator and renowned curator. He is mostly known for his innovative curatorial and exhibition programming in the America Studio Craft Movement, where he presented more than 200 exhibitions since 1963, expanding the public’s appreciation for art, craft and design. His personal collection of traditional and ethnographic textiles, highlighting countries such as Japan, Haiti, Mexico and India have never been exhibited before.

The tour will be led by Amy DiPlacido, Curator of Exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. Amy earned her BFA at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art. She is an artist in residence at the Cubberley Artist Studio Program in Palo Alto.

Pre-registration is required. Please use this form to reserve your place.

Send registration and payment to:
Textile Arts Council
de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

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African-Print Textiles in Ghana: Popular Fashion, Cosmopolitan Style

February

African-Print Textiles in Ghana: Popular Fashion, Cosmopolitan Style

with Suzanne Gott, guest curator of African Print Fashion Now!, Fowler Museum, UCLA
February 10th, 2018, 10:00am
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

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

African-print fashion—fashions based on the colorful, boldly patterned ‘African-print’ cloth produced especially for the West and Central African consumers for over a century—encapsulates the historical depth and contemporary complexity of Africa’s globalizing relationships with the larger world. In the opening decades of the twenty-first century, African-print fashion has become an increasingly globalized and dynamic terrain, with significant changes taking place both in style and in the nature of African-print cloth itself.

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Hungarian Written Embroidery Workshop

March

Hungarian Written Embroidery Workshop

Workshop taught by Sarah Pedlow of Threadwritten Textiles
Sunday, March 4, 10:00am – 3:00pm
De Young Museum, Wells Fargo room

Admission: $125 includes class materials | Pre-registration is required |Open to TAC member plus one guest.
 

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Applied Color: From Studio to Stage

Applied Color: From Studio to Stage

Presented by Amy Van Every
Saturday, March 31, 2018, 10 am
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

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

Amy Van Every’s lecture will take you behind the scenes to look at San Francisco Opera’s dye department. Applied color for theater is subject to many variables, starting with the design of a show, the various fabrics, the cut of garments, fittings, timelines, and budget constraints that might affect the process. This many-layered approach includes flat dyeing, ombreing, and direct applications through hand painting, stenciling, airbrushing and combinations of all. Amy works with five different dye types and many different painting colorants. Frequently fabrics will start in the dye department before they go to the workroom where they take form. Depending on the production, many costumes return to the dye studio for shading, ageing, distressing and all the finishing touches that enhance character. The lecture will include in process studio shots and professional photos of costumes once they are realized and on stage.

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Safeguarding your Textile Treasures – A Textile Conservation Workshop

April

Safeguarding your Textile Treasures – A Textile Conservation Workshop

with FAMSF staff conservators Sarah Gates and Anne Getts
Wednesday, April 11, 8:45am – noon
de Young Museum, in the Textile Conservation Lab

Admission: Workshop is open to members of TAC, $100, pre-registration is required. As a member, you are welcome to host one guest who need not be a TAC member.

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.

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Annual Sinton Lecture: Waiting for the Monsoon: Slow Clothes in India

Annual Sinton Lecture: Waiting for the Monsoon: Slow Clothes in India

Presented by Charllotte Kwon, director of the Maiwa Foundation
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10 am
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

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

The slow movement first appeared as a reaction against fast food culture. It has since expanded to challenge everything from tourism to clothing. Slow clothes are made with an eye to the human impact of clothing production rather than the need to accelerate production to meet a fashion trend.

Before there was a term for what it was doing, Charllotte Kwon’s company, Maiwa, looked to employ traditional natural dyers, blockprinters, weavers, and artisans in the production of quality clothing that can compete in the world market. This approach has led to many long-term relationships with communities of traditional artisans. Through film and image Charllotte will lead a tour of slow clothes in India that will make you rethink everything that goes into a garment.

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