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.

Having Her Say – Alice Beasley



Alice Beasley: Having Her Say

Video premiere and Artist Talk

online via Zoom
Sunday, August 15, 2021, 1:30pm PT
Fee: $5 TAC and FAMSF members, $10 general public
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Paid attendees will have access to a recording of the event for seven days.

Alice Beasley headshot

Join us for the premiere episode of TAC’s Artist Series, featuring artist Alice Beasley. For thirty years, the Oakland-based, self-taught quilter Beasley has spoken out on issues and events that are meaningful to her through her figurative appliqué quilts.

The first episode, shot by filmmaker Mark Haffenreffer, captures Beasley at work, her process and inspirations. It also tells the story of how she came to quilting and fabric portraiture, and the themes in her work, including her family history and expressions of the Black Experience in the United States.

Following the viewing of the film, there will be a conversation between Beasley and fellow fiber artist Mirka Knaster. They will discuss in depth selected pieces of Beasley’s works, their context, and messages. The two artists will also discuss their separate but mutual paths to artistic expression.

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Knotless-netted top-to-bottom



Knotless-Netted Baskets, from Top to Bottom

with Kathryn Rousso

Zoom Workshop
Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 10am – 12:30pm PDT

Fee: $55 ($40 for TAC members: check your email for discount promo code)
Deadline to register: TBD

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TBDLearn how to make a small basket using the technique of looping or knotless-netting. This project starts at the top and works downwards, with several decorative options for the rim. Simple and figure-eight varieties will be taught.

As TAC’ s second knotless netting workshop, this will serve as an introduction to the technique for new students, and will build on the previous workshop for returning students (simple-looping to figure-eight looping). This new workshop introduces a new way to make a basket by starting at the top, rather than the bottom. Different rim decorative ideas will be taught, including braiding.

Knotless netting or looping, a method used to make net bags, is one of the earliest textile techniques used around the world. Two regions known for net bags are the Pacific (Australia, Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya) and Latin America (Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and Paraguay). Bolsa, morral, chácara, shigra and bilum are some of their local names.

There will be a follow-up session, for questions and project sharing, on Saturday, 7/24 from 9am-10am.

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Natural Dyeing and Eco Printing Techniques


Webinar: Natural Dyeing and Eco Printing Techniques

presented by Lyra Bobo

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


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


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.
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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



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.
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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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Fashion in the Time of Covid


The Textile Arts Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco invites you to a special presentation

Fashion in the Time of COVID

with Keren Ben-Horin, Fashion Historian, Curator, Author, & Educator

Online via Zoom
Sunday, June 27, 2021, 11:00am -noon PDT

Fee: $10 TAC and FAMSF members, $15 General Admission

Talk with After-Talk Conversation:
Intimate conversation with Keren Ben-Horin 12:10pm – 1pm PDT
Fee: $35 combined

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As we slowly make our way out of the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, attention to fashion allows us to rediscover meaning and pleasure in the world. Did fashion disappear when we were locked down and couldn’t show it off? Are sweatpants the new work clothes? Will we ever wear a bra again? These are some of the questions that concerned us, and fashion designers, throughout the pandemic. Fashion is here to stay, but how will it change?

Fashion historian and curator Keren Ben-Horin’s talk will move us from the global to the personal, and from the past to the future, to explore four key areas of change in fashion: space, display, body, and technology. Joins us as we imagine together what the future holds for us.

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2021 Sinton Lecture: Ryukyu Bashofu

Kijoka bashofu cloth

Annual Sinton Lecture

Ryukyu Bashofu: Banana Fiber Textiles of Okinawa

Presented by Kana Taira
Saturday, June 5, 2021, 3:00 pm PDT

Online Presentation via Zoom

Admission: Free to TAC Members, $5 Students and members of FAMSF, $10 General Admission.

Purchase Tickets Here
Zoom registration link
will be emailed to all TAC members.

The annual Sinton Lecture is made possible with the generous support of The Carol Walter Sinton Fund for Fiber Arts Studies

Bashofu cloth is made from the bast fibers of the Okinawan ito-basho, a variety of banana tree. For centuries this weaving tradition thrived among people of all walks of life on the Okinawan islands. But after World War II, with changes in lifestyle, Bashofu nearly died out. However, in the village of Kijoka, Ogimi, noted for its Bashofu production from before the war, local women led by weaver Toshiko Taira put their passion and dedication into reviving this unique Okinawan weaving tradition. Working together, they established the Kijoka Bashofu Kumiai (Kijoka Bashofu Association), whose goals were to both revitalize the traditional techniques and to train new generations of weavers. Today the Association produces the renown bashofu kimono and other textile products and trains weavers who come from all over Japan to study there.

Kana Taira will discuss the history and post WWII revival of Kijoka bashofu, the weavers and traditional techniques still used today, and the bashofu kimono and other products being produced by these bashofu craftspeople. She will explain the entire process, from cultivating the fiber to using an ikat hand-bound resist dye method (which enjoys a long legacy in Okinawa), to finishing the woven cloth.

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Beautiful Mess Curator Tour


Exhibition Tour: A Beautiful Mess (Weavers and Knotters of the Vanguard)

with Curator Emilee Enders

In-Person Event!
Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 10am – 12:00pm PDT
Fee: $20
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Join us for an exclusive tour of A Beautiful Mess (Weavers and Knotters of the Vanguard) with Emilee Enders, Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at the Bedford Gallery.

TBDFrom micro artworks the size of a hand to mammoth room-sized installations, the national roster of women artists in A Beautiful Mess pushes the boundaries of their textile-based medium. Using rope, yarn, clay and wire, these conceptual artists knot and twist their media into sculptures that range from minimal and hyper-organized to utter pandemonium. They explore personal and political ideals — order and chaos to the extreme — and freely break the rules to create their beautiful artworks. Serious about making a strong cultural and intellectual impact, this group deftly weaves their message into works that demonstrate extraordinary technical skill.

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