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

Fiber Artist Lucia Matzger’s Home Sudio Tour

December

Lucia Matzger’s Studio Tour

with Lucia Matzger, Fiber Artist
December 2nd, 2017, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Lucia’s home studio

Admission: $25.00. This event is only open to current TAC members. As a member, you are welcome to host one guest who need not be a TAC member.

Fiber Artist Lucia Matzger’s home studio tour in Berkeley will include a demonstration of the many steps involved in creating her three dimensional and kimono-style art. We will also be invited to help generate more used filters (by drinking a cup of coffee or tea)! Lucia is inspired by the arbitrary patterns of coffee stains juxtaposed with geometric shapes and folds of recycled coffee filters. She transitions these everyday objects into amazing one of a kind textural art pieces, each as unique as the coffee menu at your favorite café.

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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 Susan Gott, guest curator of African Print Fashion Now!, Fowler Museum, UCLA
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

2018

February

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

with Susan 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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