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.

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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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.

Register here! (registration required)

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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

Register in Zoom here


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.

Register in Eventbrite.

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

Register in Zoom here

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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