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



Kitsch to Art Moderne: Meisen Kimono in the First Half of Twentieth Century Japan 

With Yoshiko Wada
Saturday, September 17th, 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

When Japan opened its doors to the West during the Meiji Restoration in 1868, the former feudal society experienced an influx of foreign culture. The resulting industrial revolution stimulated the textile industry and created a border consumer market including “commoners” who were once restricted from wearing silk or colorful kimonos. This new market created a sudden blossoming of popular designs for kimono, haori, winter baby wraps, and futon. Popularly called “meisen,” these fabrics and products were produced in great quantities across Japan during the first part of the twentieth century.

Meisen generally indicates silk cloth patterned by printing or ikat resist dyeing its warp or weft. These relatively inexpensive and visually dazzling textiles gained special popularity among lower and middle class women. The designs reflected consumer taste, fashion trends, and social phenomena.
A strong public interest in things Western and exotic, considered “modern” or “mod,” resulted in a visible popular aesthetic that set meisen textiles apart. Despite popularity, after World War II meisen production virtually disappeared due to a rapid decline in demand for inexpensive kimono which were replaced by Western clothing.

The contrast between meisen and other Japanese traditional textiles continues to puzzle contemporary viewers in Japan and abroad. By examining meisen designs we can gain perspective on the social and cultural background, consumer psychology, and technical information surrounding Japanese textile production in the early twentieth century.

Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada is an artist, author, exhibition curator, textile researcher and film producer and has long been an exponent of traditional and sustainable practices in fashion and textile production. She travels throughout the world giving lectures and workshops, and participates in conferences to build greater insight into the world of fiber and textiles. Yoshiko is president of the World Shibori Network and founder of Slow Fiber Studios. She has co-chaired all nine International Shibori Symposium (ISS) as well as upcoming 10thISS in Oaxaca, Mexico. She conducted textile research globally including in Japan, India, and USA funded by the Japan Foundation, Indo-US Sub-commission for Education



Social Fabric 

With Karen Hampton, mixed-media textile artist
Saturday, October 8th, 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

I am a conceptual artist working with narrative storytelling and re-memory. My artwork is steeped in oral history and is an expression of the unconscious. I think of myself as a griot (storyteller), I impart conceptualized stories about the “other” in society. Whether reflecting on my childhood or my visions of my ancestors’ lives, my goal is always to stand up for the under-represented and tell an expanded American story. I believe every time my weft crosses the warp or my needle pierces the cloth, I reach through another layer of the scorched earth that slavery has left behind and revealed another bit of our collective historical conscience.



October 9th, 2016 10a.m.-4p.m.
Moriarty Hall, St. Anne of the Sunset Church
1300 Funston (at Judah), San Francisco, 94122

Our annual Textile Bazaar is a truly unique event, hosting a vendor mix that offers a wide range of textiles, jewelry, and home accessories from around the world and from the creative community within the Bay Area. Save the date, October 9, and join us once again for a very special Textile Arts Council event.

There are currently a few vendor tables still available. Please contact Shirley.juster@gmail.com  for details.


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The Roots: Engaging Social Sculpture 

With Latifa Medjdoub, Artist
Saturday, November 12th, 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

This lecture explores the possibilities of flexible sculpture as social practice engaging communities in a personal exploration and social connection.
The Roots is a site-specific, handcrafted, interactive fiber sculpture inspired by nature and employing a stunning ensemble of innovative fiber art and sculptural works, many of which were originally developed with varied communities as social art projects and have subsequently been part of installations, workshops, and performances around the region, including at the French American International School, The Old Mint, the San Francisco International Arts Festival, Alonzo King Lines Ballet and the Museum of Performance and Design.

After a brief historic of her previous experiences in diverse textile and art related industries, Latifa Medjdoub will engage on the topic of ‘The Roots principles as a unique tool to generate creative personal connections and inspire new reflections on larger social constructions.’

Born in France, Latifa Medjdoub is a San Francisco based artist. Her mediums include social art sculpture and installations, photography, painting and performance. Central themes of her work raise questions of identity, social roles, and the metatheatricality that shapes Humanity.

Educated at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et du textile of Roubaix, France, Medjdoub collaborated with leading artists in the performing arts and performing industry. Her critically acclaimed work has been shown in museums and galleries in Europe, Asia, and North America including the Museum of Art and Industry, Roubaix France; Cheongju Art Center, Korea; De Cordova Museum, MA; Santa Fe Art institute, NM; National Building Museum, DC; Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, TX; Fort Mason, San Francisco; The Museum of Performance and Design, San Francisco CA.