The TAC Newsletter

The bi-annual TAC Newsletter features in-depth articles by the textile Curators and Conservators at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, as well as other articles and news of interest to members and to the greater Bay Area textile community and beyond.

The newsletter is published twice per year. As a benefit of membership, TAC members receive each newly released newsletter 6 months in advance of being posting here.

Vol. 36, No. 2

Fall 2021

  • From the TAC Chair

  • Conservation Updates!

  • Gallery Rotation: To Teach and Inspire: The Julia Brenner Textile Collection

Vol. 36, No. 1

Winter/Spring 2021

  • From the TAC Chair

  • Piecing History: The Brown and Mitchell Quilt

  • A Little Goes a Long Way: A Padding Project for Costume Storage

  • In Memory of B. Diane Mott.

Vol. 35, No. 2

Fall 2020

  • American Quilts Up Close

  • Preventative Conservation Prevails During Lockdown

  • From the TAC Chair

Vol. 35, No. 1

Winter/Spring 2020

  • Textile Arts Council Endowment Fund Supports the Major Acquisition of Contemporary African American Quilts

  • From the TAC Chair

  • News from the Textile Conservation Lab: A Brand New Bag

Vol. 34, No. 2

September 2019

  • New Acquisitions: Spotlight on Contemporary Fiber Art

  • From the TAC Chair

  • Textile Conservation: Adelle Kincell Prepares Fashion Dolls for Photography

  • Jan Langdon – A Weaver’s Weaver

Vol. 34, No. 1

January 2019

  • Symposium Summary: Faith, Fashion, Identity: Contemporary Muslim Styles

  • From the TAC Chair

  • New Expertise on Staff in the Conservation Lab

Vol. 33, No. 2

September 2018

  • Curatorial Overview: Contemporary Muslim Fashions

  • News from the Conservation Lab: Same structure, a century apart, divergent images

  • In Memory of Barbara Beckmann

Vol. 33, No. 1

February 2018

  • Fashioning Fans

  • News from the Conservation Lab: A Closer Look at Two Maori Cloaks

  • From the TAC Chair

Vol. 32 No. 2

September 2017

  • Diversity Abounds: Recent Gifts to the Collection

  • News from the Conservation Lab: Venus goes to Paris!

  • From the TAC Chair

Vol. 32, No. 1

February 2017

  • Beyond the Surface: Worldwide Embroidery Traditions

  • Stitching a New Paradigm: Dress Codes of the Counterculture

  • From the TAC Chair

  • In Memory: Maria Starr

Vol. 31, No. 2

September 2016

  • Behind the Seams: Researching Degas, Impressionism, And The Paris Millinery Trade

  • News from the Conservation Lab: Wet-Cleaning a Coverlet

  • From the TAC Chair

  • TAC Travel: Bhutan East to West and Northeast India

Vol. 31, No. 1

February 2016

  • Exhibition Previews: Oscar de la Renta \ On the Grid: Textiles and Minimalism \ Kay Sekimachi: Student, Teacher, ArtistThe South Sumatran Ship Cloth

  • News from the Conservation Lab: A Closer Look at Bolivian Monedero

  • From the TAC Chair

  • In Memorium: Marian Clayden

Vol. 30, No. 3

September 2015

  • Threads of Modernity: Joan of Arc and the “Jewel City”

  • News from the Conservation Lab: Feathers!

  • From the TAC Chair

  • Weaving New Forms: A Mosaic of an Artist’s Evolution

  • TAC’s Laos and Cambodia Tour

Vol. 30, No. 2

April 2015

  • Donor Spotlight: An Interview with Thomas Murray

  • Upcoming Programs including The Amazing Handkerchief: Chronicles of Romance, Heroism, History, Fashion and Art Through the Ages with Ann Mahoney

  • From the TAC Chair

Vol. 30, No. 1

January 2015

  • High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection

  • From the TAC Chair

  • Upcoming Programs including Surface and Structure: The Stitches of Susan Taber Avila

Vol. 29, No. 3

September 2014

  • Wearable Technology and E-Textiles

  • Recent Acquisitions in the Textile Arts Department

  • The History and Variety of Samplers from the Royal School of Needlework Archives 

  • From the TAC Chair

Vol. 29, No. 2

April 2014

  • Why Quilts Matter: History, Art, and Politics

  • Tradition, Innovation, and Inspirations of a Contemporary Navajo Weaver

  • Classic-Period Navajo Blankets

  • From the TAC Chair

Vol. 29, No. 1

January 2014

  • Haitian Drapo Vodou: Tradition and Innovation With Susan Tselos

  • The Triumph of the Seven Virtues

  • From the TAC Chair: Why TAC Needs Volunteers