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.

Kantha In Bangladesh

Special Event,
March

TBD

Kantha In Bangladesh: From Hidden Corners to Public View

with Cathy Stevulak and Dr. Sanchita Banerjee Saxena

Film Screening and Conversation via Zoom
Sunday, March 14, 2021, 1:00pm PST

Fee: $5 TAC and FAMSF members, and members of the UC Berkeley Community, $10 General Admission

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Join us for a screening of THREADS, the documentary film telling the story of Surayia Rahman, a Bangladeshi artist, and how she transforms kantha, the traditional Bengali technique of repurposing old sarees into patchwork embroidered fabrics, into an internationally recognized art form. Today in Bangladesh kantha continues to support women’s economic opportunities and sustains artisan enterprise and the evolution of indigenous design.

Following the viewing of the film, there will be a conversation between the filmmaker, Cathy Stevulak, and Dr. Sanchita Saxena, a UC Berkeley scholar of labor rights in the garment industry. They will address the future of kantha embroidery and women artisans in Bangladesh, and the bigger question of how to preserve indigenous arts and create a sustainable future for artisans in the era of global fashion.

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Marls As Colorwork in Hand Knitting

TBD

Marls As Colorwork in Hand Knitting

with Cecelia Campochiaro

2-Day Zoom Workshop
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 (day 1), 9:00am-11:00am
Thursday, March 4, 2021 (day 2), 9:00am-11:00am

Fee: $60 (use your own materials, or kits are available for purchase) 
TAC members and up to one paying guest of a TAC member may register.
Registration closes February 22.

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Holding strands together, aka making marls, is a wonderful way to create striking handknits. Knitters of any level can use marls to add visual interest, create unique fiber blends, and make extraordinary multi-color pieces. This virtual class will cover why marls have such a distinctive look, simple color theory for marls, tips for managing multiple balls of yarn, and prototyping pieces with microswatches.

You can choose to follow along and make your own microswatches between the two sessions if you desire. A pattern will be provided for you to make your own multi-color Ella Improv Cowl (the pattern will be given to each student through Ravelry (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ella-improv) or via email if preferred ).

Skill level: Advanced beginner and beyond. Students will only have to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off.

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Curating Handmade

February

TBD

Curating Handmade: Textiles from South Asia, Past and Present

Presented by Cristin McKnight Sethi
Saturday, February 20, 2021, 10 am PST

Online Presentation via Zoom

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

Zoom registration link will be sent to all TAC members.
Register in Eventbrite (non-Member)


Cristin McKnight Sethi will discuss the new exhibition Handmade: Creating Textiles in South Asia on view at the George Washington University Museum / The Textile Museum in Washington, DC. The exhibition brings together several historical objects from South Asia in The Textile Museum Collection alongside contemporary textiles made by artisans and cooperatives working in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan. To learn more about the exhibition and related programming please visit https://museum.gwu.edu/handmade-creating-textiles-south-asia.

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Designing Pieced Fabric

TBD

Designing Pieced Fabric

with Jeanie Low

2-Day Zoom Workshop
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 (day 1), 10:00am-noon
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 (day 2), 10:00am-noon

Fee: $75 which includes $25 for 2 materials kits
TAC members and up to one paying guest may register.

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This workshop will teach you a series of techniques to design unique one a kind personal fabrics for a multitude of projects, including bags, handbags, garments, pillows and table runners. Instruction includes Powerpoint slides illustrating construction, embellishments, sample layouts and notes. A copy of these slides will be sent to all participants following the workshops.
 
Both kits will be mailed 2 weeks before the first session.
 
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Prerequisite: Sewing machine and sewing machine skills 

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Back to the Future Art to Wear

January

TBD

Back to the Future: Reflections on Off the Wall: American Art to Wear at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Presented by Dilys Blum
Saturday, January 16, 2021, 10 am PST

Online Presentation via Zoom

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

Zoom registration link will be emailed to all TAC members.
Non-member tickets/registration here via Eventbrite


The American art to wear movement has been long overlooked and marginalized by art and craft historians alike. With fiber art now accepted in the art historical canon, Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Off the Wall: American Art Wear proposed a similar reevaluation, focusing on the art to wear movement’s pioneering artists who came of age between San Francisco’s Summer of Love in 1967 and the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. For these artists art and life were inseparable. The body became the armature for unique works that could be worn or alternatively be displayed on the wall or on a pedestal.

The 62 artists and 115 works featured in the exhibition drew from the promised gift to the Museum of 48 works from the collection of Julie Schafler Dale as well as loans from artists, private collectors and museums. The majority of the works were exhibited for the first time.  Unfortunately, the exhibition was cut short when the museum closed in mid-March due to the pandemic, but this lecture documents its impact.

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2020 Sinton Lecture: Northwest Coast Wool Textiles

2020

November

TBD

Annual Sinton Lecture

The Northwest Coast Wool Textiles: Cultural Use, History and Contemporary Revival

Presented by Evelyn Vanderhoop, Haida Textile Artist
Saturday, November 21, 2020, 10 am PST

Online presentation via Zoom
Admission: Free to to TAC members, $5 for students and members of FAMSF; $10 General Admission.

Non-Members: Purchase tickets on Eventbrite


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


Clothing declared the ancestor’s interface with nature and the supernatural. Garments were an extension of the tattooed skin, the link between the inner spirit to the outer universe of spirits. Clan stories woven into designs of clan affiliations broadcasted prestige, power and alliances within the forces of land, sea and sky. Contemporary ceremony and feast wear are unique in the creative mix of old and new ways of portraying the stories of the past and present.

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Rolling Roundels

October

TBD

Rolling roundels: Development and Evolution of Medieval Chinese-Central Asian Textiles

Presented by Dr. Mariachiara Gasparini
Saturday, October 24, 10 am PST

Online Presentation via Zoom

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

Zoom registration link will be sent to all TAC members. Non-member registration: https://rolling-roundels-tac-lecture.eventbrite.com


Textiles decorated with beaded or floral roundels enclosing animals, flowers, or hunting scenes became extremely popular across and beyond Central Asia between the 7th and 10th centuries, during the peak of Buddhism in East Asia and the rise of Islam in Central Asia. These roundels became part of both the Chinese and Islamic modular-unit artistic processes, which were later acquired and developed by the Mongols as a unique, visual lingua franca across Eurasia.

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Knotless Netting

TBD

Knotless Netting

with Kathy Rousso

2-Day Zoom Workshop
Sunday, October 18, 2020 (day 1), 1:30-3:00pm
Sunday October 25, 2020 (day 2), 1:30-3:00pm

Fee: $40
Deadline to register: 10/13/20
TAC members and up to one paying guest may register.

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Kathy Rousso will teach knotless netting or looping, a method used to make net bags. One of the earliest textile techniques used around the world, looping can be simple, figure-eight (hourglass), cross-knit, and single interconnected. Countries in the Pacific region and Latin America are especially known for net bags, commonly called bolsa, moral, chácara, shigra, and bilum.

TBDSee this short introductory video from Kathy.

In a project of simple-looping around a solid form (gourd, bottle, vase, etc.), participants will learn how to begin, increase, decrease, add more strands in lieu of a knot and complete.

Unlike knitting and crochet, the active single element thread goes through the previous hole, which means short lengths of cordage are used. Traditionally thigh or finger spinning was done to add to the end every 3 yards or so, which leads to no knots and thus a much stronger bag. To make it stretchier, loops are constructed bigger and looser.

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

9/11/21 Pop-Up Tour: International Fiber Arts Exhibit, Sebastopol, CA with Carole Beadle

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: Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love with Laura Camerlengo

11/13/21 Annual Textile Bazaar


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