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.

Safeguarding Your Textile Treasures Workshop 2019

Safeguarding Your Textile Treasures Workshop

with FAMSF Textile Conservators Sarah Gates and Anne Getts

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 8:30am – 11:30am
de Young Museum, Textile Conservation Lab

Admission: Workshop is open to members of TAC, $75. Pre-registration is required. The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 24. As a member, you are welcome to host one guest who need not be a TAC member.

FAMSF staff conservators Sarah Gates and Anne Getts will conduct a workshop on how textile collectors can best safeguard their textiles at home. This event will take place “behind the scenes” in the Museums’ expansive Textile Conservation Lab at the de Young museum. The first part of the 3-hour event will discuss what causes textiles to degrade, how you can identify these threats, and what you yourself can do about it – including the safest way to store and display your textiles in a non-museum environment. Following the lecture, there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions about their own particular collection conundrums. This will allow attendees to learn how to apply and adapt conservation solutions, tailoring them to individual time, labor, space and funding constraints. Examples will be drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. Take home resources such as archival supplier lists and helpful web sites will be provided.

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Jogakbo Bojagi Workshop 6/1/19

Jogakbo Bojagi Workshop

with Youngmin Lee
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:45am – 4:30pm
de Young Museum, in the Wells Fargo room (in the Tower)

Admission: Workshop is open to members of TAC, $130 including all materials, pre-registration is required. As a member, you are welcome to host one guest who need not be a TAC member.

Registration Deadline: May 15

Youngmin Lee is a Korean textile artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a BA in Clothing and Textile and an MFA in Fashion Design, Youngmin has presented numerous workshops, classes and demonstrations on Korean Textile Arts.

Using the traditional Korean techniques Gamchimjil, Settam Sangchim and Ssamsol, Youngmin will teach basic jogakbo construction in this workshop. Jogakbo, patchwork bojagi, is made with many different colors of remnants of fabric left over from other projects. She will show how to use many small pieces of ramie fabrics, silk organza and Korean silk gauze to create a colorful, free style, geometric patterned bojagi. The finished project will have a unique composition of different shapes, lines and texture.

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Twelfth Annual McCoy Lecture

February

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Twelfth Annual McCoy Lecture — Knots, Art and History: Shifting Perspectives and Perceptions within the Berlin Carpet Collection

Presented by Anna Beselin
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 1 pm
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

Admission: Free. No museum admission required.

The carpet collection at the Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum of Islamic Art), Berlin, is one of the oldest and most important such collections in Europe. For decades, the unique examples in these holdings were a major attraction for carpet lovers worldwide. But how can we ensure that interest in this art form continues among general audiences as well as the next generation of collectors? The Berlin museum faces this challenge and opportunity to communicate new understandings about individual pieces and offer new approaches to a diverse audience. Aiming to reach a wider public uninitiated to the particular appeal of important carpets, this talk will introduce you to a fascinating variety of individual histories within the collection’s highlights. PLEASE JOIN US!

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Kimono Re-Fashioned Tour

Kimono Re-Fashioned Tour

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 10:30am or 1pm (tour is held twice; 2 different choices of time)
Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco

Admission: $25 per person, includes museum entrance and tour. Open to members of TAC plus one guest. Pre-registration is required. Deadline to register is Friday, February 22, 2019.

(SOLD OUT — both morning and afternoon)

In the early 1980s, Japanese avant-garde designers took Paris by storm, disrupting the world of haute couture with their minimalist deconstructed clothing. But this was not the first time that Japanese design principles had transformed international fashion. Instead as Kimono Refashioned reveals, kimono – its materials, forms, techniques and decorative motifs – has inspired designers for more than 150 years.

Featuring over 35 garments from the Kyoto Costume Institute, dating from 1870 to today, Kimono Refashioned shows us that kimono continue to be a fertile source for contemporary designers, both in Japan and across the globe.

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Creating Uncommon Threads: Annual Sinton Lecture 2019

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Annual Sinton Lecture: Creating Uncommon Threads

Presented by Virginia Davis, Ana Lisa Hedstrom and Gyöngy Laky
Saturday, March 9, 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 check only)

The focus of this year’s Carol Walter Sinton Program for Craft Arts is on the work of three highly regarded Bay Area artists, Virginia Davis, Ana Lisa Hedstrom and Gyöngy Laky, and the commissions each provided to The Box Project: Uncommon Threads. Their works were chosen from a field of international artists by The Cotsen Collection. These were unusual commissions, in that the artist’s contributions were three-dimensional works to be confined in size to either a 14” X 14” X 3” or a 24” X 14” X 3” archival box.

The late Lloyd Cotsen was a passionate art collector and philanthropist who acquired objects from around the world that could promote interdisciplinary research and scholarship. The objective of the commission was to encourage fiber artists to explore spatial limitations and to challenge artists who work primarily on a single plane to expand into other geometrics. During the presentation, Virginia, Ana Lisa and Gyöngy will comment on how they reacted as artists to the given set of parameters to create one of a kind works.

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Museum of Craft and Design Tour

March

Curator-led Tour of Material Domestications at the Museum of Craft and Design

with Curator Elizabeth Kozlowski
Sunday, March 17, 2019, 11:30am
Museum of Craft and Design
2569 Third Street, San Francisco, CA
Admission: $25, pre-registration required. Open to Textile Arts Council members plus one guest.
Sign up deadline: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
(please note there is a waiting list for this event)

The Material Domestication exhibition, at the Museum of Craft and Design, will feature the work of six contemporary artists who utilize disparate cultural backgrounds as a framework for sculptural explorations invested in skill, material and identity. This exhibition is an investigation of materiality and technique based on slow production and repetitive making. These practices are often rooted in the notion of craft as women’s work. Typical processes include needlework, knitting, weaving and other historical fiber-based techniques. Modular components are stacked, folded, knitted or woven into existence by these artists. The exhibition opens on March 16, 2019.

Curator Elizabeth Kozlowski will lead a group of TAC members through this exciting exhibit. The group will adjourn to a nearby restaurant for a no host lunch and continued conversation.

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Jogakbo Bojagi Workshop 2/2/2019

Jogakbo Bojagi Workshop

with Youngmin Lee
Saturday, February 2, 2019, 9:45am – 4:30pm
de Young Museum, in the Wells Fargo room (in the Tower)

Admission: Workshop is open to members of TAC, $130 including all materials, pre-registration is required. As a member, you are welcome to host one guest who need not be a TAC member.

Sold Out. Please note: Due to popular demand, this workshop will be offered
again on June 1, 2019. For more information please click here.

Youngmin Lee is a Korean textile artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a BA in Clothing and Textile and an MFA in Fashion Design, Youngmin has presented numerous workshops, classes and demonstrations on Korean Textile Arts.

Using the traditional Korean techniques Gamchimjil, Settam Sangchim and Ssamsol, Youngmin will teach basic jogakbo construction in this workshop. Jogakbo, patchwork bojagi, is made with many different colors of remnants of fabric left over from other projects. She will show how to use many small pieces of ramie fabrics, silk organza and Korean silk gauze to create a colorful, free style, geometric patterned bojagi. The finished project will have a unique composition of different shapes, lines and texture.

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Chris Buckley Seven Thousand Year Conversation

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The Seven Thousand Year Conversation: Tracing Ancestry Through Weaving Traditions in the Asia Pacific Region

Presented by Chris Buckley
Saturday, February 9, 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

In the past two decades fascinating stories have emerged of human migrations over thousands of years and across vast distances. Most of this work has been led by linguists and geneticists, yet material culture also has a unique, but under-appreciated role to play as a marker of culture. In this talk Chris Buckley will discuss one of the last and greatest of human migrations, the Austronesian journey from the Asian mainland via Taiwan and across the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Austronesian sailors settled a vast region stretching from remote Pacific islands in the east, through the Indonesian and Philippine archipelagos and as far as Madagascar in the west. They carried with them a suite of textile techniques that originated on the Asian mainland in the Neolithic period, including yarn preparation, a distinctive body-tensioned loom and the warp ikat technique. They used these to make a variety of textiles for practical and ceremonial use, including blankets and sarongs (tubeskirts). While each island has its own distinct designs, common themes can be seen in motifs and design layout. Taken as a whole, there is evidence for the continuous transmission of weaving from mother to daughter since at least the late Neolithic period and possibly longer, a transmission that is now under threat from societal change and modernization.

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