Lectures and Events

January through November, TAC sponsors lectures, hands-on workshops and local tours. Most lectures are given by recognized experts in their fields or by working textile artists. Workshops provide an opportunity for participants to experience the process of creating or embellishing textiles while working with experts in the textile field, and are usually limited to a small number of participants. Local Tours visit local exhibitions, artists' studios, galleries, and other points of interest.

Lectures & Events

Natural Dyeing and Eco Printing Techniques

TBD

Webinar: Natural Dyeing and Eco Printing Techniques

presented by Lyra Bobo

Saturday, August 28, 2021 10am-11am PT
Online via Zoom
Fee: $5
Purchase Tickets Here


Botanical Eco Printing is science and art combined. This webinar will cover harvesting and processing plant material from a variety of trees and plants to create beautiful natural dyes and botanical prints. Learn how to achieve clear natural prints on protein and cellulosic textiles, using local plant and tree foliage with natural tannins to produce a variety of rich colors.

TBD

Lyra Bobo has been teaching in the Fashion Studies Program at Santa Rosa Junior College for twenty-four years. She is the former Program Coordinator and specializes in teaching textiles and garment construction classes. Lyra has introduced fashion students to natural dyeing and printing methods along with sustainable practices for garment design. She also teaches and presents workshops locally for the American Sewing Guild, both virtually and in person.


Please note: a separate, in-person follow-up workshop event will be offered in late September. Running from 10am to 4pm, participants will have the opportunity to practice the art of printing on natural textiles with prepared plant material, using commercial equipment, tools, and materials provided by the Lyra Bobo, the workshop presenter. The September workshop will focus on achieving clear natural prints on silk and wool textiles, and will be held at fabric artist Joy Stocksdale’s studio in Sebastopol, CA.

Additional information about the workshop will be provided in a separate announcement.

Image Credits:
All images courtesy of Lyra Bobo.

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Patterns of Printed Textile Scholarship

September

Ducks Quilt

’Very full of work’: Patterns of printed textile scholarship

Presented by Laura Johnson

Saturday, September 18, 2021, 10am PT
Online Presentation via Zoom
Admission: Free to TAC Members, $5 Students and members of FAMSF, $10 General Admission.
Purchase Tickets Here

Zoom link will be emailed to all TAC members


Join Dr. Laura Johnson, the Linda Eaton Associate Curator of Textiles at the Winterthur Museum for this illustrated talk highlighting the history of printed textiles and those who studied, made, and consumed them from the eighteenth century to the present day.

When Philadelphians such as the Wisters ordered fashionable printed cottons in the mid-eighteenth century, they demanded that patterns be “Very full of Work.” An identical description might apply to the efforts of those who save and share those same textiles. Winterthur Museum, Gardens and Library stewards an extraordinary collection of printed and painted textiles that founder Henry Francis du Pont began assembling in the mid-1920s.

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Beyond the warp and the weft

October

TBD

Beyond the warp and the weft: Ikat textiles of the island of Savu, eastern Indonesia

Presented by Geneviève Duggan PhD

Saturday, October 16, 2021, 10am PT
Online Presentation via Zoom
Admission: Free to TAC Members, $5 Students and members of FAMSF, $10 General Admission.
Purchase Tickets Here

Zoom ink will be emailed to all TAC members


The fine Savu ikat textiles have intrigued collectors who sensed that they entail something not readily visible. Cloths made by skillful weavers during special ceremonies are considered sacred and powerful which confers a particular rank to the women who make them. Let’s discover not only the physical and aesthetical characteristics of the textiles, but also their intangible aspects. In a traditionally non-literate society one can ‘read’ textiles deciphering messages that connect people to their rich past.

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TAC Upcoming Events
Unless noted, all events will be presented with Zoom.

9/25/21 Workshop: Eco Printing with Lyra Bobo, Sebastopol, CA [9/18 registration deadline]

10/16/21 Lecture: Beyond the warp and the weft: Ikat textiles of Savu Island, East Indonesia with Geneviève Duggan

10/30/21 Curated Gallery Tours: More Impact: Climate Change and Layered and Stitched with Alex Friedman and Nancy Bavor

11/6/21 Lecture: From Mississippi to Paris – to San Francisco: The Making of “Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love” with Laura Camerlengo

11/13/21 Annual Textile Bazaar


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