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.

Maedub Workshop 7/28/20



Maedub – Korean Traditional Decorative Knots Workshop

with Youngmin Lee

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 10 am to 12 pm
Fee: $65 including materials

Registration is closed.

Youngmin Lee, who taught our very popular Patchwork Jogakbo workshops last year, returns to teach us how to make traditional Korean Decorative Knots. 

In this Zoom-baseed workshop with instructor, Youngmin Lee, you will make Maedeub, Korean traditional decorative knots which have been used for centuries to decorate traditional dress and ritual objects. Instructions for making them have been passed down through generations of skilled specialists such as Youngmin. She will teach participants a basic maedeub technique to make ornaments and will provide the materials needed.

Upon registration, materials will be mailed to you via the USPS. We will confirm your mailing address before sending. You will also gain access to several videos so you can learn the technique.

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Embracing In-Between


Embracing the In-Between: Comme des Garçons, Butoh, and Ma

Presented by Carol McLennan
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 10 am PDT

Online Presentation via Zoom

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

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A Zoom link will be emailed to all TAC members.

Through the analysis of documentaries, archives, reviews, contemporary dance, and fashion in Japan, this presentation reveals how the dance and costumes of Butoh anticipated the design aesthetic of Comme des Garçons and how Kawakubo and Butoh utilize Japan’s sartorial history and philosophy to challenge western perceptions of Art and Fashion.

TBDWhile elusive when questioned about direct influences, Rei Kawakubo, founder and artistic director of Comme des Garçons, concedes her work is influenced by the Japanese Zen Buddhist concepts of mu, or emptiness, and ma, the space within the emptiness1. Another Japanese art form that sartorially reflects ma and mu is in Butoh, a dance partially envisioned as a reaction to the Western influence that had permeated Japanese culture after World War Two. Founded in 1959 by Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno, the dance of Butoh was an exploration of the grotesque, space, the body, and the polarities of ma.

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Batik Tour



Tour of a Private Batik Collection

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 10 am
Sonoma, California

Fee: $25. The tour is open to TAC members plus one guest.

Pre-registration is required.
Download registration form.
Deadline to register is Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Please note: There is a waiting list for this event.

Tour participants will meet at a private home in Sonoma to view and discuss a fabulous collection of Batik textiles. Batik is an age-old technique for applying color and design to cloth. The art of batik reached its remarkable apotheosis on the Island of Java in the last half of the 19th and early 20th century. On this tour we will see some of the finest examples of this work.

If you are interested in car-pooling with other tour participants, please check the box on the registration form.  TAC does not guarantee that we can work out car-pooling, but we will put you in touch with others willing to car-pool.  Also, those wishing to stay in Sonoma for a no-host lunch should indicate so on the registration form.

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Impact: Climate Change Pop-Up Tour


Impact: Climate Change, a TAC Pop-Up Tour

with guide Alex Friedman, tapestry artist
Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 11 am (first tour)
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 11 am (second tour)
Mills Building, 220 Montgomery St., San Francisco

Admission: Free (but please RSVP)

Impact: Climate Change is a topical exhibit of contemporary tapestry brought to us by Tapestry Weavers West and Tapestry Weavers of New England. It contains works by 28 tapestry artists.

TAC board member and tapestry artist, Alex Friedman, with several other TAC members will guide us. We will meet in the lobby of the Mills Building AT 11:00 a.m.

Please note that due to popularity, a second tour has been added on February 5th.

The Mills Building is near the Montgomery BART station. It is also close by the Sutter/Stockton garage.

This is a no fee event, but please RSVP with us on Eventbrite so we know you are attending. Alternately, you may email the TAC office to RSVP.

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Tissot Talk and Tour

Special Event,

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Takes delight in inviting you to an afternoon of Pleasure and Treasure, an expedition into Fashion History

Tuesday, January 7, 2020, Noon*

at the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater
Legion of Honor
San Francisco 


Please join us as distinguished New York University Professor and contributing fashion historian to The New Yorker magazine,

Dr. Jessamyn Hatcher
takes us on a fascinating journey spanning the Belle Epoque (1870’s – 1920’s); from the extraordinary fashion details in the paintings of James Tissot in the era’s beginning, through the impressive phenomenon of the pioneering French haute couture fashion designers, Callot Souers, in its concluding years.

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Feb 2019 Lecture Indonesian Textiles


Indonesian Textiles at the Tropenmuseum

Presented by Itie van Hout
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10 am
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

Admission: Free for current members of the TAC; $5 for students and members of FAMSF; $10 General Admission. Cash or checks only; tickets sold at auditorium doors.

The collection of Indonesian textiles at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam is a unique material archive in which historical and anthropological knowledge relating to Indonesian art and culture, as well as to political, economic and museological knowledge is preserved. The collection is comprised of everyday and ceremonial clothing, ritual textiles and tools used to produce the textiles. The nearly 12,000 textiles from Indonesia were collected over a period spanning more than 160 years. The majority were brought to the Netherlands when the Indonesian archipelago was a Dutch colony, the Netherlands East Indies.

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Holiday Party 2019



Annual Textile Arts Council Holiday Party

Members, please save the date for our annual Textile Arts Council Holiday Party.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 6:30–9 pm
Krimsa Fine Rug Gallery
2190 Union Street
San Francisco

Please click to click here to RSVP / Register if you plan to attend! Alternatively, you may RSVP by calling the TAC office (415-750-3627).

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Linda Gass and then this happened…



Linda Gass: and then this happened… (Tour)

with Linda Gass
Thursday, January 30, 2020, 11 am
Museum of Craft and Design

Admission: $25 which includes entrance to the museum.
Tour is open to TAC members plus one guest.
Pre-registration is required.
Download registration form.
Deadline to register is Friday, 1/24/20.

Artist Linda Gass will guide us through her exhibit at the Museum of Craft and Design. Multimedia artist Linda Gass creates stitched paintings and works in glass questioning water and land use issues in California. Informed and inspired by her extensive research on the impact of changing waterways, sea-level rise, fire, and drought in California and the American West, Gass’s work uses beauty to shed light on these challenging issues.

Linda Gass, Bay Area artist and environmental activist, is best known for her labor-intensive stitched paintings about land use and water issues in California and the American West. She graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Mathematics and MS in Computer Science and has been creating art for more than 20 years after a decade long career in software. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US and in Europe and Russia. Gass’s work has been written about in many textile, cartography, environmental and art publications.

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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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