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.

Fibershed Lecture

TBD

Fibershed: the Arc of Texture and Color Derived from a Regional Land Base

Presented by Rebecca Burgess
Saturday, January 18, 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.

Exploring the agro-ecological and social cultural depth of this strategic geography has become the life’s work of presenter, Rebecca Burgess. In this presentation, Burgess will expand on her personal work to live within the Fibershed that she calls home and will share select agro-cultural narratives from Fibershed landscapes emerging in all corners of the world.

The processes and phases responsible for getting us dressed each day produce more carbon and greenhouse gas emissions than international and maritime shipping combined. The pace of production and consumption has accelerated so quickly since the beginning of the 21st century, that if we look at the global scale of waste streams— one garbage truck of textiles goes into the landfill or incinerator every second.

Our clothes need not come at the cost of human and planetary health and wellbeing. Through the work to both slow down our consumption and simultaneously re-connect to the life giving textile resources within a strategic geography we can begin to re-sensitize our selves to the working landscapes and processes that generate our second skin. The word that has been coined to describe this strategic geography is known as a Fibershed.

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Ultracontemporary Fashion

November

TBD

Ultracontemporary Fashion

Presented by Dennita Sewell
Saturday, November 16, 2019, 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.

 

Fashion historian Dennita Sewell will lead a discussion about collecting and exhibiting contemporary fashion in an art museum. In her role as Curator of Fashion at Phoenix Art Museum, Sewell recently purchased several works for the permanent collection that were also on view in an exhibition called Ultracontemporary. This lecture goes on the journey of through the process of selecting works among a diverse range of choices.

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FISF Visit 11-14-19

Visit: Fashion Incubator San Francisco

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 10:30 am – 12 noon
San Francisco Westfield Shopping Center

Fee: $25, pre-registration required. Open to Textile Arts Council members plus one paying guest.

Sign up deadline: November 8, 2019
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TAC members are invited to spend the morning at the Fashion Incubator San Francisco (FiSF), which is non-profit corporation, founded in 2011.  FiSF is an entrepreneurial innovative approach to business development. They have helped 24 businesses scale successfully, creating almost 500 jobs. They do this by providing individualized support, mentoring by industry experts, community collaboration and events, connection to resources. FiSF has had the pleasure of collaborating with local and national companies including Macy’s, Tiffany, Apple, NewCo, and more.

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Chris Motley Knitting Lecture

October

TBD

Knitting Together a New Passion

Presented by Chris Motley
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 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.

 

Chris Motley will describe her atypical career path and the various inspirations for her unique, sculptural knitting After 30 years as a lawyer she has surprised herself by becoming a fiber artist whose sculptures are featured in national and international exhibitions throughout the United States.

What became her artistic expression began in childhood, when her mother taught her how to knit. Her knitting remained a hobby until she retired from her left brain career and she began using her lifelong skill to explore her right brained creativity. Her early work was intimate and personal. She started by telling her stories, and has since moved in a non-linear way, from representative work to abstract and back again, using shapes, textures and colors to explore emotions. She uses abstraction to picture states of mind that punctuate our days, like “Up, Really Down and Up Again.” In her recent work, like “Homeless” and “Steeling Ourselves” Motley addresses social issues through her knitting. Motley will have examples of her knitted art to show and will talk about her various techniques and materials.

After the talk, we will be holding our first ever Knit-along in the de Young Cafe! It is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow textile enthusiasts and share your favorite craft with each other and our followers on Instagram. We will be meeting on the patio, so bring along what you have on needles, pick up a hot beverage and a delicious treat and join us.

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Sculptural Knitting Workshop

Sculptural Knitting Workshop

With Lori Goldman

Sunday, October 13, 2019, 9:45 am to 4:30 pm
de Young Museum, Wells Fargo Room

Fee: $100, pre-registration required. Open to Textile Arts Council members plus one guest.

Sign up deadline: October 4, 2019
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Please note: This workshop is full, and registration is now closed.

“To knit is to be freed from the constraints of everyday life” – from The Knitting Sutra

In this one day workshop knitting will be explored as an art form. Working in all directions, picking up stitches, creating random holes, cables and experimenting with usual materials will be explored. This will be a process experience where you will add to your tool box of textile techniques to be used in your work.

From Lori Goldman: “Rooted in the universal textile traditions, I have been working with fiber since the age of twelve. Growing up in San Francisco, I was exposed to the flourishing textile communities of Fiber Works and Pacific Basin textile schools. I have my BA in Textiles and MA in Sculpture from San Francisco State University.” For more information, please see Lori’s web site.

Please note: Attendees should have a firm grasp of basic knitting skills; cast on, knit, purl and bind off. This is not a beginning knitting class.

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Judith Content Studio Tour v2

September

Studio Visit: Judith Content

Friday, September 27, 2019, 1pm – 3pm
Palo Alto, CA
Registration: $25, pre-registration required. Open to Textile Arts Council members plus one guest.
Sign up deadline: September 21, 2019
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TAC members are invited to spend an intimate afternoon in the colorful world of Judith Content. Explore a home and garden filled with textiles, ceramics, sculpture and quirky collections too many to count. Judith will give us a tour of her textile studio and treat us to an arashi-shibori dye demonstration on silk. Visitors are encouraged to wander the garden. Light refreshments will be served.

Judith Content is a native New Englander who now calls Northern California home. She has long embraced the Asian design influences of her adopted Pacific Rim environment by exploring Japanese dye techniques, particularly arashi-shibori. Her dyed, pieced and quilted wall pieces have been widely exhibited, published and collected. She has work in the permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Museum of Art and Design NY and the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. She is president Emerita of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) and served on the Boards of TAC and the Palo Alto Art Center.

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Pop-Up Tour of Fiber Arts IX

August

Pop-Up Tour of Fiber Arts IX

with Bill Yoes and Joy Stocksdale
Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 11 a.m.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
282 S. High Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472
707.829.4797

Admission: Free (donations to the Sebastapol Center for the Arts are encouraged), Open to Textile Arts Council (TAC) members, friends. Please RSVP to the TAC office if you will attend this event. Email tac@famsf.org or call 415-750-3627.

Join the Textile Arts Council for a pop-up tour of the prestigious 9th International Juried Fiber Art Exhibition. Held every two years at Sebastopol Center for the Arts (SCA), the show’s uniqueness and outstanding quality of work attracts more than 3000 visitors.

Bill Yoes and Joy Stocksdale, who have coordinated this show for almost 20 years, will be our tour guides.

Come to be delighted and inspired by the numerous uses of innovative and traditional fiber techniques, and a contemporary concept for the use of traditional and unusual materials. Jurors Janet De Boer, Australian and former editor of Textile Fibre Forum magazine and current editor of Fibre Forum E-bulletin, Jori Johnson, felt artist living in Japan, and Gerhardt Knodel, practicing artist and former Director of Cranbrook Academy of Arts fiber arts program have selected a magnificent collection of fiber artwork.

After the tour, the group as a whole will have an opportunity to gather together at a nearby restaurant to continue the conversation (food and drink not included in the tour fee). Or you can choose from a list of restaurants provided to have lunch in smaller groups. The patio at SCA will also be available for anyone who wants to bring lunch and dine al fresco.

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