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.

Textile Bazaar, Treasures from Around the World & Around the Corner

Textile Bazaar, Treasures from Around the World & Around the Corner

bazaarSunday, October 19th, 10am – 4pm
Moriarty Hall, St. Anne of the Sunset Church
1330 Funston (at Judah), San Francisco.

Do your holiday shopping early with over 35 vendors. The admission and parking is free. Note that St Anne’s church is located at 850 Judan but parking is available in the school yard at the back of the church, between Funston and Irving Streets. By Muni, take the N Judah to Funston; buses #6 Parnassaus, #43 and #44 all stop at 9th and Judah. Bring your check books or cash; some vendors will accept credit cards.

There will be antique, ethnic, vintage and contemporary items, including textiles, clothing, rugs and pillows, tableware, jewelry and book.
See you there!

This event is sponsored by the Textile Arts Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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Wearable Technology and E-Textiles
with Helen S. Koo, Ph.D., University of California, Davis

calendar-etextileSaturday, September 27, 10am
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

The purpose of this lecture is to explore wearable technologies, including smart materials and e-textiles, in terms of how these new technologies can be incorporated into fashion design. I demonstrate various techniques for developing clothing using wearable technologies. Participants will have a chance to experience smart materials via an array of samples. Recent research on wearable technologies includes the use of electrocardiography fabric sensors, fabric-based nanostructured sensors for disease diagnosis and symptom monitoring, transformable garments for sustainability, therapeutic healthcare clothing for children and obesity, and interactive entertaining clothing. The discussion includes future directions of wearable technology developments and design-driven multidisciplinary collaborations.

Helen Koo is an assistant professor of Design at the University of California, Davis, and teaches fashion design courses. Her research and creative activity interests include apparel design and product development, wearable technology, functional garments, and sustainable designs. She has conducted multidisciplinary funded research projects on developing functional clothing for sports, smart clothing with sensors for healthcare, protective garments for extreme environments, and clothing for special markets. She has actively exhibited her designs nationally and internationally. She won the award for the best exhibition in the wearable computing design competition of the IEEE-International Symposium of Wearable Computers for her development of health care smart clothing, and she also won several other national and international design competitions. Her recent works focus on developing sustainable smart clothing by applying new technologies for advanced aesthetic and functional values.

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

9/18/21 Lecture: ‘Very full of Work’: Patterns of Printed Textile Scholarship with Laura Johnson

9/25/21 Workshop: Eco Printing with Lyra Bobo, Sebastopol, CA

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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