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


Annual Sinton Lecture: “Innovation within Traditional Folk Art”

with Porfirio Gutierrez, Zapotec Master Weaver
May 20th, 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

All living cultures are constantly evolving, even the most traditional design elements may be used and expressed differently today than they were 100 or 1000’s of years ago. The same holds true for traditional materials, as they are seen with new eyes. This is a good thing, proving that contemporary artists are not just copying the work of previous generations, but building on that work in a way that is true to both the tradition and to their own personal creative process.

The Gutierrez family’s work is grounded in the textile traditions of Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca where they live. They use the same techniques and materials that the Zapotec weavers of their village have used for hundreds of years. They are one of the last few families who still dye their yarn with only local plant material and cochineal insects, honoring the tradition of working with what the earth provides. They use many designs inspired by the archaeological sites of their Zapotec ancestors, which have been included in local textile designs for generations.

Stories told by his elders about cultural myths, the Zapotec way of life in the past and present, and the value of plant fibers, have all given him a more profound understanding of who he is, and have influenced his personal expression through art.

Comparing the designs of his ancestors to his work today is more of a melding than a departure. Portfolio merges old materials and cultural themes with broad stroked, liberated design. There is no mistaking where he has come from artistically, and yet there is a progressive reinvention of the original elements of his culture through the lens of modern America. He represents two worlds in his work, constantly referring back through centuries of tradition while advancing his designs for the world he sees today.

Behind the Scenes Tour: The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll 

Tour led by the exhibition’s co-curator, Jill D’Alessandro, Curator of Costume and Textile Arts
May 24th, 2017, 10:45am – 2pm.
de Young Museum

Admission: $75 TAC members  | Space is limited and first come, first served,
Request a registration form at tac@famsf.org

Join TAC for an exploration of the The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll, a special exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the adventurous and colorful counterculture that blossomed in the years surrounding the legendary San Francisco summer of 1967.
The day begins with a tour led by the exhibition’s co-curator, Jill D’Alessandro, Curator of Costume and Textile Arts. The exhibition presents more than 300 significant cultural artifacts of the time, including fantastic costumes and textiles using a range of techniques and materials by designers such as Birgitta Bjerke, aka 100% Birgitta; Mickey McGowan, aka the Apple Cobbler; Burray Olson; and Jeanne Rose.
After a catered luncheon in the de Young Café, we will go behind the scenes to see additional designs from this pivotal moment in Bay Area history, now housed the Museums’ collection. The day concludes with free time to explore the Museums’ galleries, including the Textile Arts department’s complementary exhibition, Beyond the Surface: Worldwide Embroidery Traditions.


Three Left Coast Artists: Linda Gass, Gyongy Laky and Linda MacDonald 

Curator’s walk through with Barbara Shapiro
June 1st, 2017  11:00 am.
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA

Admission: $25 | Pre-Registration required
Open to current TAC members plus one guest

Northern California has a long history of protest and political involvement.  Linda Gass, Gyongy Laky and Linda MacDonald have a passion for political issues that is reflected in their artwork and the lives they lead. Each artist expresses political activism in her own way. The viewer is initially drawn in by the form, beauty or humor of the textiles. Upon closer inspection, these pieces encourage deeper thought about significant political issues. For all three artists, political fever informs their life and art. This tour is led by Guest Curator and TAC Advisory Board Member Barbara Shapiro. Deadline to register May 25, 2017.  For more information and to pre-register for this special member tour, please contact us at tac@famsf.org or at Janice Paredes,  janiceparedes@mac.com.

Summer of Love: “Hippie Chic”

with Jeanne Rose, former couterier
June 3rd, 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 TAC and former couturier Jeanne Rose as she guides us through this companion lecture to the de Young’s exhibition Summer of Love. During 1967, many styles rose to popularity: Western and Native American leather and fringe, Victorian/Retro and Custom/Made-to-order. Jeanne Rose was on the scene during the Summer of Love, and her signature style was custom made-to-order—with an emphasis on clothes that fit the body easily and gracefully, made with natural fibers.

Rose notes, “In the Bay Area we were more ‘into’ natural fabrics and feel-good clothing. I felt that natural fabrics made comfortable clothes and I used only cotton, silk and linen. At an interview, I said that I liked to feel naked in my clothes and did not like store-bought, as some of it was so strange looking to me— so artificial. Everything I made had to be natural, feel natural, and look real. When I traveled to New York with the Rascals, my ‘look’ was commented upon and admired. Paisley? We wore Paisley – it was emblematic of the spiritual change some of us were trying to make.”

Rose worked mostly for local Bay area musicians. In 1967, she did her first fashion show, complete with a lightshow and models dancing to the music of Country Joe and the Fish. Her clothes were featured shortly thereafter in the San Francisco Chronicle and the 10th issue of Rolling Stone magazine, alongside Jefferson Airplane. Rose’s couture was also featured in a book of photographs by Baron Wolman.


Jeanne Rose is a California native daughter and the leading pioneer in the revival of herbal and natural remedies and aromatherapy and an international authority on these subjects since 1972. Her aromatic garden is world-famous and has appeared in Herb Companion, Country Gardening, and the Japanese publication Herb Country Gardens, Spiritual Gardens and others. She has written 25 books on the subject. As a child and in high school Jeanne’s mother made many of her clothes and she taught Jeanne how to sew. She believed that one object well made from high quality fabric was worth five of anything that one could buy. Jeanne always had bespoke clothes (made-to-order) from really high-end fabrics from her own designs. After graduate school in Florida, Jeanne home to California in 1963.  She came to Big Sur, California, the home of the ‘natural life’, organic food, organic life, organic living, herbal treatments, no plumbing, no electricity, and the beginnings of LSD. This was just before the Hippie Days and LSD was legal. Jeanne says, “I lived and learned about the natural way of living, healing using nature’s medicines (herbs). I made my clothes on a treadle sewing machine that I still have – I used organic and/or 100% real fabric of cotton, silk, wool or linen.” With a degree in zoology, graduate studies in herbal and pesticide research and in marine biology, and through her ongoing private and public research, Jeanne is an ‘academic enthusiast’, now refining her work on the medicinal uses of herbs and therapeutic values of essential oils through relentless research.

Learn more about Jeanne Rose and her work at http://www.jeannerose.net


TAC Curator-led Tour of Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade

Tour led by exhibition and catalogue contributor, Laura Camerlengo, Assistant Curator of Costume and Textile Arts.
July 6th, 10:45am – 1pm
Legion of Honor

Admission: $75 TAC members  | Space is limited and first come, first served, Request a registration form at tac@famsf.org

Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade examines the height of the millinery trade in Paris, from around 1875 to 1914, as reflected in the work of the Impressionists.
This special event begins with a guided tour of the exhibit, at the Legion of Honor, led by exhibition and catalogue contributor, Laura Camerlengo, Assistant Curator of Costume and Textile Arts. At the turn of the twentieth century, there were around 1,000 milliners working in Paris, and their work and resulting creations enthralled Edgar Degas (French, 1834 – 1917). The exhibition features 60 paintings and pastels by Degas and his fellow Impressionists, and 40 exquisite contemporary hats and bonnets, including many from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s collection. After a tour, guests will enjoy a catered luncheon in the Legion of Honor Café. The day concludes with free time to explore the Museum’s galleries.

For more information please contact the tour coordinator: donna.lavallee@gmail.com