Past Events

Here are just a few of our past lectures and events. Each year, we offer an insightful, always interesting lectures with wide-ranging topics from the use of contemporary materials to the documentation of traditional handwork.

Changing Hats: French Millinery in Degas, Impressionism and the Paris Millinery Trade

Changing Hats: French Millinery in Degas, Impressionism and the Paris Millinery Trade

With Laura Camerlengo, Assistant Curator of Costume and Textile Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Saturday, September 16, 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

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International Fiber Arts VIII Biennial Exhibition Tour

August


International Fiber Arts VIII Biennial Exhibition Tour

Exhibition tour with Joy Stocksdale, exhibition coordinator
Thursday, August 10th, 11 am
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

Admission: $25 | Pre-registration required | Open to current TAC members plus one guest
Extend the experience and join us for a box lunch on the grounds of the Center after the tour | $15.00 (Separate fee)

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TAC Tour to the 11th Annual Tapestry Biennial, San Jose

February

TAC Tour to the 11th American Tapestry Biennial at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, 11 am, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

This tour is open to current TAC members and is $25.00.

The 11th American Tapestry Biennial is a traveling exhibit organized by the American Tapestry Alliance, a non-profit organization supporting the fine arts medium of contemporary handwoven tapestry since 1982. Alex Friedman, well respected tapestry weaver, former Director of the ATA, and current TAC board member, will be our guide and walk us through the exhibit giving us insights and background on the tapestries and the artists.

The ATA attracts members from around the world and these juried biennials document some of the most interesting works in contemporary tapestry. For more information, please visit their website at http://americantapestryalliance.org.

To learn more about the tour and to RSVP, please e-mail us at tac@famsf.org.

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“Natural Dyes in the Textile Industry and the Art of Sustainability” with Kathy Hattori

March

Food and Fibers Project shoot, Cordova, Alaska

“Natural Dyes in the Textile Industry and the Art of Sustainability” with Kathy Hattori

Saturday, March 4th, 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

Apparel and textile dyeing are among the most polluting processes due to the high levels of toxic chemistry in dyes and fabric finishes. Apparel brands are looking for environmental solutions that help them get one step closer to sustainability. While countries worldwide—including the U.S.—are battling drought and contaminated water supplies, getting the fashion and textile industry to clean up to protect water sources is starting to take center stage.

We’ll take a closer look at some of the ways natural dyes are being incorporated into the textile industry and ways to support non-toxic color in your everyday life.

Kathy Hattori is the founder and President of Botanical Colors and sells organically certified dyes to artisans and industrial clients seeking a more sustainable, natural color palette. She is a recognized authority on natural dyes and pigments as well as commercial applications using natural dyes and has been a pioneer in the field since 2003. In addition to consulting and advising companies on their natural dye implementation strategies, Kathy has worked with the largest natural dye houses in the U.S. Her international experience includes creating a natural dye program for the largest organically certified tannery in Europe and implementing large-scale natural dye programs.She has also consulted and advised a number of major retail brands and was awarded a USDA VAPG grant in 2013 for natural dye research. In 2016, Botanical Colors was named a Sustainability Leadership Award finalist by Sustainable Seattle and continues to grow working with major fashion brands worldwide. Kathie currently teaches and lectures about natural dyes and is sought after as a speaker about the status of natural dyes in global textile production as well as scaling natural color.

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TAC Exclusive: “Safeguarding your Textile Treasures,” a textile conservation workshop

April

TAC Exclusive: “Safeguarding your Textile Treasures,” a textile conservation workshop

with de Young Conservators Sarah Gates and Anne Ghetts
Textile Conservation Lab at the De Young Museum, Thursday, April 20th, 2017, 9 am to 12 pm

$75 | Open to current TAC members| Pre-registration is required

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.
NOTE:  this is not a workshop where attendees bring in their own textiles for specific treatment advice, but high resolution color photographs are encouraged in order to illustrate your questions.  Instead we will be providing guidelines by which you can extend the lifetime of your favorite textiles – and for some, a way to protect your investment.

Sarah Gates has been associated with the FAMSF for over 35 years and head of the Textile Conservation Lab for over 20.  She received her training from the University of London textile conservation program at Hampton Court.  Anne Getts is the Mellon-funded, Assistant Conservator.  She is a graduate of the Winterthur-University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. Together they are responsible for the safekeeping of over 13,000 textiles in the Museums’ permanent collection.

For more information and to pre-register, contact tac@famsf.org

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