Textile Arts Council Programs,  de Young Museum (

Annual Sinton Lecture – Waiting for the Monsoon: Slow Clothes
in India.  With Charllotte Kwon.  Saturday, April 21, 10:00 am.  Koret Auditorium,  de Young Museum.  Free for TAC members| $5 for students and museum members,  $10 General.   The slow movement first appeared as a reaction against fast food culture. It has since expanded to challenge everything from tourism to clothing. Slow clothes are made with an eye to the human impact of clothing production rather than the need to accelerate production to meet a fashion trend. Before there was a term for what it was doing, Charllotte Kwon’s company, Maiwa, looked to employ traditional natural dyers, blockprinters, weavers, and artisans in the production of quality clothing that can compete in the world market. This approach has led to many long-term relationships with communities of traditional artisans. Through film and image
Charllotte will lead a tour of slow clothes in India that will make you rethink  everything that goes into a garment.  Charllotte Kwon is the owner of Maiwa Handprints Ltd. and the director of the Maiwa Foundation. Through Maiwa, Charllotte also runs a textile archive and research library located on Granville Island in Vancouver, Canada. Under her direction Maiwa has produced four documentary films and a number of print publications. Charllotte travels extensively each year to research handcraft and to supplement her natural-dye research. She also teaches dyeing workshops with artisans around the world. In 2014 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of the Fraser Valley for her
work in promoting the continuation of traditional textile techniques and cultures. In 2017 Charllotte was awarded the Robert Jekyll Award for Leadership in Craft (Canada). The same year she was an organizer for the Indigo Sutra Conference in Kolkata, India.

Journey along the Warp. Lecture with Alex Friedman. Saturday, May 19th, 10:00 am. Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum. Free for TAC members, $5 for students and museum members, $10 General.  Tapestry weaving has a long tradition as a narrative art form. While that aspect initially drew Alex to the medium, it was the weaving process that really excited her. She realized the simplicity of the grid and the basic over/under interlock of the warp and weft would allow her to explore many ways of creating more dimensions within the basic parameters of traditional tapestry. She will talk about the circuitous route in her evolution as a contemporary tapestry weaver. 

TAC Tour of Tapestry Artist Alex Friedman’s Studio. With Alex Friedman. Saturday, May 23rd, 11:00 am. Sausalito, CA. $25 admission | Open to TAC member plus one guest. Contact TAC office to register.  Alex will welcome you to her colorful Sausalito studio. You will see a number of her large tapestries as well as a many of her smaller pieces. She will discuss some of the techniques she uses to make the special effects. You will also be able to see her two looms and she will talk about her process in creating a tapestry from initial sketches, to the process of creating a cartoon, deciding the color palette, to the actual weaving process. She will demonstrate her weaving and will provide an opportunity for you to try it yourself.  
The group will meet at the studio in Sausalito, (directions provided after registration) and will gather for an optional no-host lunch with Alex after the tour.

Textiles, Style and a Designer Evolution.  With Suzi Click. Saturday, June 9th, 10:00 am. Koret auditorium, de Young Museum.  Free to TAC member | 5$ for students and museum members | $10 general admission.  Suzi Click’s evolution as a designer of wearable art has been inspired by travels in search of Tribal Textiles. This talk covers her interest in fashion, from childhood to a 30-year career as designer for manufacturers in the apparel industry, and now to her own line of artisan apparel & accessories using ethnic textiles. She will talk about the milestones in her evolution as a designer, including watching her grandmother sew, being fascinated by fashion since she can remember, making doll clothes with a toy machine, learning how to use commercial patterns and sew with her own Singer Touch & Sew in junior high, making all her clothes in high school and college, being a fashion reporter for the school newspaper, getting 2 degrees in Clothing & Textiles from Texas Tech University, and becoming a designer for manufacturers of junior sportswear and jeans wear in Atlanta, New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (

Bang! Bang! Discussing America’s Second Amendment. Sunday June 3, 2018, 3-5 pm. Members $15/Non-members $25.

Artists in Residence 
April – June 2018: Liz Harvey


Eugene Textile Center (

Twills in Rugs with Jason Collingwood.  May 25 – 27, 2018
Cost: $325.00 plus $20.00 material fee. The course will include straight twill,
broken twill and twill on opposites. Within the above three structures many
two and three colour sequences will be explored, each giving their own unique
design.  Crossed wefts (parallel and contrary motion) and clasped wefts will be
applied to 2 /2 twill, further increasing the design possibilities.  Pick-up and
3 /1 double faced twill will also be looked at.  This class will also include some
work with Shaft Switching, with students learning how to adapt their own looms.
A Pre-warped loom will be provided for each workshop participant.  Eugene Textile Center, 1510 Jacobs Drive, Eugene, OR 97402

Weaving with Wire. Giovanna Imperia. August 25, 2018
Cost: $95.00 plus $55.00 material fee. In this workshop students will explore the
interesting properties of wire while learning how to weave with it. During the workshop, students will learn how to manage wire while measuring it, and how to dress the loom with it. Once the wire warp is set up students will be able to experiment with various types of wire materials and gauges as weft, as well as fiber and other materials. Depending on the loom chosen, they will also be able to explore various structures including doubleweave, and tapestry techniques.Eugene Textile Center, 1510 Jacobs Drive, Eugene, OR 97402


Tour Opportunities

Indonesia Adventure Tour to Java July 11–22, 2018, With a Tour Extension to Sumatra July 22–31. Java is famous for its batiks. West Java is the home of ancient royal courts, a renowned center of classical Javanese fine art and intricately patterned batiks as well as the 9th century temples of Borobudur and Prembanan. The north coast of Java, Pekalongan, Cirebon and Indramayu, are known for their pesisir style of batik patterning reflecting the multicultural influences found in this region. On this tour we will have an opportunity to meet batik artists and visit their workshops as well as explore historic sites, museums and markets. The tour will end in Jakarta with a visit to the highly regarded National Museum and Textile Museum as well as visits to renowned galleries and collections. Tour Extension to Sumatra: The tour will begin in Padang, home of the Minangkabau, where luxurious, intricately woven songket continue to be woven and used. We will drive north from Padang to Bukit Tinggi and then on to Lake Toba, the ancestral home of the Batak people where women weave a wide variety of ritual textiles such as the ragidup, a cloth given to a newborn that contains patterns predicting the baby’s future. For more information, please visit the TAC website or contact us: or 415-750-3627.(

Vietnam, China, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, and beyond: Ethnic dress, weaving, dyeing among the hill

PeruAndean Textile Arts:  contact tinkuy2013 at
Textile/Folk Art Market tours:

Japan, France and India:  Yoshiko Wada and Slow Fiber Studio Tours

Italy, Lisio Foundation in Florence:  Study weave structures-Taquete, Samitum, Lampas, Damasks and Velvet- on hand jacquard looms, starting Jan 2014.  Abbas Khan abkhan82 at