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.

Sara Trail Youth Voice

September

TBD

Youth Voice Through Textiles

Presented by Sara Trail
Saturday, September 26, 10 am

Online Presentation via Zoom

Admission: Free.

Register for this event (registration required)


The Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) is a youth education program founded in 2017; it aims to bridge artistic expression using textile media with activism to advocate for social justice.

Join Sara Trail in this inspiring talk as she shares how youth use quilting as a platform of personal expression through the Social Justice Sewing Academy.

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May Morris

August

TBD

May Morris: Desire and Feeling
for Beauty in Embroidery

TAC Virtual Travels- The Arts & Crafts Heritage of William and May Morris, Part Three

Presented by Lucy  Barter

Sunday, August 30, 1:30 pm, online via Zoom

Admission: Free. Registration required

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May Morris, the daughter of William Morris, was an influential embroiderer and designer in the Arts and Crafts movement. For over a century, her work was overshadowed by the work of her father. In recent years, exhibits showcasing unseen artifacts and embroideries have brought May’s achievements to the forefront. In conjunction with new publications highlighting her work, we now have the opportunity to discover more about May, her style, her skills and her aesthetic. 
 
Focusing on May Morris as an embroiderer and designer, we will examine her inspiration and her work managing the embroidery department at Morris & Co. Through the lessons of her stitches and the materials she used, we will explore the work she accomplished, her teaching, the lectures she gave, and the publication of “Decorative Needlework,” her introductory guide to embroidery. In conclusion, we consider the role May Morris plays in today’s world of needlework and how she has emerged from her father’s shadow and gained the recognition she deserves.

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Morris Fortuny

TBD

Peacock and Vine: Fortuny & Morris

TAC Virtual Travels- The Arts & Crafts Heritage of William and May Morris, Part Three

Presented by TAC Board member Shelley Wells

Sunday, August 23, 1:30 pm, online via Zoom

Admission: Free. Registration required

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Morris & Fortuny? What affinity is there, beyond their undeniable genius, between these two, one steeped in the English countryside, and the other in the elegance of Venice? TAC Executive Board member Shelley Wells explores this paradox with the help of novelist A.S. Byatt’s book, Peacock and Vine: On William Morris and Mariano Fortuny.


View the film shown with this event: “Fortuny” by Matthew Bird.

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SFSNAD Workshop 2

TBD

May Morris Inspired Embroidered Book Cover Workshop

with Lucy Barter, San Francisco School of Needlework and Design

Zoom Workshop
Saturday, August 29, 2020
10 am – 4 pm

Fee: $180 including materials kit

Deadline to register: Wednesday 8/19.

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Our second needlework workshop created especially for the Textile Arts Council. This all day class invites the student to learn a range of stitches and embroidery skills. Inspired by the Rose Bush embroidery kit and the Embroidery and Lace book cover, both designed by May Morris, this kit will guide the stitcher through using English silk and gold thread, to customize a book cover for themselves.

The stitches used are laidwork, long and short stitch, darning stitch, couching, stem stitch and French knots on a linen ground. The book plate can have any title or name stitched in stem stitch and the cover is customized to fit a book of the stitcher’s choice. (Book not included)

Skill level is beginner and above.

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Standen House and WM CO.

TBD

A Visit to Standen House, and the Heritage of Morris & Co.

TAC Virtual Travels- The Arts & Crafts Heritage of William and May Morris, Part Two

Sunday, August 16, 1:30 pm, online via Zoom

Admission: Free. Registration required

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The program begins with a virtual video tour of Standen House, narrated by Dr. Abigail Moore, Professor of Arts History, Leeds University. Standen House, an arts and crafts style country home decorated with wallpapers, textiles, and furniture by Morris & Co., was one of the company’s most important commissions. 


View the film shown with this event, Heni Talks, “William Morris: Useful Beauty In the Home with Art historian Abigail Harrison-Moore.


Next, Professor Moore joins us live from the UK for further conversation on Standen House.

To close the program, Shannon Davis, Creative Director, Selamat Designs, introduces the history of Morris & Co. and discusses her 2019 collaboration with the company to reinterpret their heritage designs. 

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SFSNAD workshop 8/15

August

TBD

Crewelwork Pin Cushion Workshop

with Lucy Barter, San Francisco School of Needlework and Design

Zoom Workshop
Saturday, August 15, 2020

Offered at two times:
10 am – 1 pm, and 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Fee: $85 including materials kit

Deadline to register: Friday 8/7.

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This crewelwork pincushion was custom-designed for our Textile Arts Council workshops. The motif was inspired by the May Morris-designed bed hangings on William Morris’s bed at Kelmscott Manor. It incorporates the Rose Wreath Panel, designed by William Morris and stitched by May. The pincushion was created using crewel wool on a linen ground and stitched in the authentic fashion of May Morris.

In this three hour class, suitable for beginners, instruction will be given in how the stitches are worked and how they have evolved over time. You will learn Long and Short Stitch, Satin Stitch, Trellis Stitch and Stem Stitch to create this beautiful design.

Students will receive a kit with the necessary supplies, including a hoop and the filling for the pincushion. All you will need to supply is a pair of scissors.

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Sequence Knitting Workshop

TBD

Sequence Knitting

with Cecelia Campochiaro

Zoom Workshop

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 9am to 11am

Fee: $40
Deadline to register: Friday 8/7.

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Sequence Knitting is a deceptively simple technique used to create complex textures in knitted fabric. These fabrics are attractive on both sides, lay flat and can be used alone or incorporated into other designs. Using only knit and purl stitches, Cecelia will guide students through four methods, 1-row, shaped 1-row, in-the-round, and serpentine to create a sample swatch. She will discuss how to read sequence knitting instructions and charts, when to use sequence knitting, common mistakes and how to avoid them and keys to achieving great results.

Skill level and prerequisites: The class is suitable for advanced beginners and beyond. Students should be able to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, increase and decrease.

Materials: Students will provide 1 ball of smooth, preferably light colored yarn, and appropriate needles for the yarn weight.

Students will receive an instructional handout that will be used for the 2 hour class lecture/practice. It may be helpful for students to cast on and begin the swatch prior to the class. 

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TAC Virtual Travels 1

TBD

The Life and Times of William Morris

Presented by Virginia and Bill Solomon
Sunday, August 9, 1:30 pm

Online via Zoom

Admission: Free.

Register here in Zoom.

When William Morris died at age sixty-two, his doctor described the cause of death as ‘simply being William Morris and having done more work than most ten men.’ Textile designer, dyer, tapestry weaver, embroiderer, printer, preservationist, poet, essayist, novelist, founder of the Arts and Crafts Movement, his legacy is still with us today.


View the film shown with this event: Gardening with Silk and Gold Thread: The Botanical Designs & Ecosocial Activism of William Morris, by Holly Cecil of the University of Victoria, British Columbia.


Meet William Morris through an introductory video and then make a virtual visit to Merton Abbey, Morris’s dyeworks and workshop, and Kelmscott Manor, his beloved country home. At Kelmscott our focus is his bed hangings, hand embroidered by his wife Jane and daughter May, and emblazoned with Morris’s poem Inscription for an Old Bed.

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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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