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


Costume design for Potiphar's wife_ Bill EddlemanCostumes for Diaghilev’s “Ballets Russes”  1909-1929 

With Professor William Eddelman
Saturday, June 11th, 2016, 10 a.m.
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

Admission: Free for current members of the Textile Arts Council
$5 for students and members of the FAMSF, $10 General Admission
For a period of twenty years (1909-1929) Sergei Diaghilev’s “Ballets Russes” astonished European audiences and became the most influential ballet company of the 20th century. By employing very talented designer/artists in ground breaking artistic collaborations, his company would redefine the aesthetics of ballet. Focusing on selected costumes, this lecture will show the relationships between designer’s sketches, finished costumes and thematic interpretations. We will look carefully at costume details and talk about the various fabrics and decorative trims that were used. In a few cases we will briefly discuss the relationship between costumes and choreographic movements.

Fortunately, many of the original costumes have been carefully preserved in museum collections in Europe, the United States and Australia; enabling us to explore through “up close” images the rich and beautiful costumes associated with the “Ballets Russes”.

William Eddelman, Associate Professor of Theatre History and Design, Emeritus, from the Stanford University Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, is a specialist in international theatrical design. He completed his dissertation research with a Fullbright scholarship at the Cini Foundation in Venice, Italy and was a member of the Master Classes at the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany. During his teaching career at Stanford he combined both the creative and academic worlds through practical stage design work and classroom teaching. His diverse and interdisciplinary course offerings include theatre history, art history, cultural history, costume and scenic design, dramatic literature, theatre aesthetics and politics, musical theatre, opera and the psychology of clothes. He has taught several times at the Stanford Center in Berlin (focusing on the culture of the Weimar Period), taught classes for Continuing Studies at Stanford, and led travel study tours to Northern Italy for Stanford Alumni Travel. Beyond Stanford, he has designed productions for many professional Bay Area theaters, and has delivered lectures and curated exhibitions for a variety of San Francisco cultural organizations. Additionally, he established the Theatrical Design Collection at the Museum of Performance and Design (San Francisco) and is currently building a research library in International Theatre Design for the Achenbach Graphic Arts Foundation of the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums.


Edric Ong Weave and Stitch to Sape Music, Celebrating Ikat and Embroidery
With Asif Shaikh and Edric Ong

Saturday, July 2, 2016, 10 a.m.

Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

Admission: $5 for TAC Members, Students and FAMSF Members
$10 General Admission

Revival and Promotion of Indian Hand Embroidery
Asif Shaikh’s (Ahmedabad) lifelong mission is to save Indian crafts from fading into oblivion. He advances the art of embroidery and propels it to another level of craftsmanship and beauty. In the past two decades, he has revamped tools and techniques, developed new stitches & introduced miniature styles, blended traditional and contemporary designs & colors, supported & trained local artisans, & promoted education and appreciation for the art nationally and internationally. In 2008, the Victoria & Albert Museum, asked Asif to revive their Mughal embroidery pieces. Asif specializes in the 18th century aari embroidery that was produced by the royal courts. He was also asked by UNESCO Parzor in India to revive their parsi gara embroidery.

World Ikat Textiles . . . ties that bind
Edric Ong (Sarawak) is internationally known as a designer, textile artist, author, curator of exhibitions, and especially for his championing of natural dyes and materials, His life’s work is to help keep craft traditions alive. He is Senior VP of the Asia Pacific Region of the World Craft Council and works with World Crafts Council-UNESCO on the Award of Excellence for Handicrafts program. He was the Malaysian designer of the Year in 2009, won the Aid to Artisans Advocate Award in 2005. He was recently awarded the Mercedes Benz/STYLO Global Fashion Influence Award 2016 at the Asian Fashion Festival.

Join TAC and our guests  for a Trunk show and Artisan demonstrations on Sunday, July 3rd at Krimsa Fine Rugs from 12 -5 pm
2190 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123