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.

TRIBAL and TEXTILE ARTS WEEK, San Francisco  

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TRIBAL and TEXTILE ARTS WEEK, San Francisco  
February 5 – 8, 2015

This is the leading art fair devoted to the arts of tribal cultures in the United States. Crafted to meet the needs of tribal art collectors and enthusiasts, THE SAN FRANCISCO TRIBAL & TEXTILE ARTS SHOW presents a comprehensive selection of national and international galleries representing the arts of Asian, Oceanic, African, Native American and Latin American indigenous peoples.
Visit the fair’s site for more information

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WEAVERS’ STORIES FROM ISLAND SOUTHEAST ASIA

February

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[Program Change] Weavers’ Stories from Island Southeast Asia With Roy W. Hamilton

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 10am
Lecture
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

Roy Hamilton will present his Weavers’ Stories from Island Southeast Asia, originally organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA. In it weavers and batik artists speak for themselves in videos recorded at eight sites in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and East Timor. What motivates them to create new patterns? How do they adjust to changing social and economic situations? A panoply of human emotions and experience—determination, longing, dream inspiration, theft, war, and more—emerge from the stories of these remarkable women.

Roy W. Hamilton has been Curator of Asian and Pacific Collections at the Fowler Museum at UCLA since 1994. His first exhibition, Gift of the Cotton Maiden: Textiles of Flores and the Solor Islands was on view when the Textile Society of America (TSA) convened for its fourth biennial symposium at UCLA that year. His book Material Choices: Refashioning Bast and Leaf Fibers in Asia and the Pacific, co-edited with B. Lynne Milgram, won TSA’s R. L. Shep Award for the best ethnographic textile book of 2007. Other exhibitions, each accompanied by a book, have gone on national tour, including From the Rainbow’s Varied Hue: Textiles of the Southern Philippines (1998) and Weavers’ Stories from Island Southeast Asia (2012).

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SURFACE AND STRUCTURE: THE STITCHES OF SUSAN TABER AVILA

2014

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With Susan Taber Avila

Saturday, January 17, 2015, 10am
Lecture
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

Textile Art bridges many disciplines, linking craft, art, design, and technology through the research, creation, and presentation of material culture. Susan Taber Avila’s work promotes sustainability through the reclamation of pre-consumer and post-consumer waste; utilizes technology through digital textile printing and the exploration of new materials and techniques; invokes history and ethnographic influences through the exploration of traditional hand processes; and promotes global awareness of textile art, surface design, and fashion through liaisons with an international audience.

Avila’s work explores new methods and materials to not only develop new textile structures but to interlock meaning within the structure. While stitching is often used for surface embellishment (embroidery) or joining materials, Avila’s work is unique in that she simultaneously develops both the structure and surface of an object through the stitching process. She is committed to stitching because this ubiquitous method, prevalent throughout history, still has something new to say. The stitch creates a mark, adds color, and defines the structure. Stitching allows her to piece together remnants from fashion and interior design industry and create objects of beauty from textiles that might otherwise end up in a landfill. Her work often utilizes a water soluble substrate to recycle and reuse discarded materials, giving new life to these scraps within a stitched organization.

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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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E-Textiles

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

calendar-etextileSaturday, September 27, 10am
Lecture
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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