Member Workshops and Lectures


Slow Fiber Studios, Berkeley, CA. Jul. 26 – Aug. 16, 2015

Jiro Yonezawa will be leading a series of lectures, bamboo jewelry workshops, and basketry workshops hosted by Slow Fiber Studios and Yoshiko Wada. These events are accompanied by an exhibition of Yonezawa’s artwork.


The Hillside Club, Berkeley, CA. Apr. 6, 2015 at 7:30pm

“Encountering the Silk Road in Western China: Then and Now” A lecture and discussion, inspired by Carol Bier’s recent travels in western China (eastern Turkestan), addressing perplexities she encountered with regard to geography and the environment, ethnicity and identity, religion, and the arts along ancient trade routes.

Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA. Mar. 5, 2015 at 10am

Kimberly Chrisman –Campbell presented on Fashion Victims: Dress at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA. Feb. 19, 2015

“Two Weavers: Jack Lenor Larsen and Jim Bassler “ This conversation was part of the museum’s Modernism Week. Jim Bassler described creating meaningful fabrics and unique woven art. Bassler, who lives and works in Palm Springs, is a weaver creating unique artworks, often using ancient methods.“sourcing-museum”


Ruth Funk Center For Textile Arts, Melbourne, FL. May 16, 2015 at 1pm

Gallery Talk by juror Dr. Sandra Sider, Curator of the Texas Quilt Museum, and the juried quilt exhibit Southern Accents on view at the


 Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM. May 17- Sept. 13, 2015 1pm

Elena Phipps, Past President of TSA, presents the lecture “Cochineal Red: The Global history of a Color” to accompany the opening of The Red That Colored The World. From Antiquity to today, as symbol and hue, red has risen to the pinnacle of the color spectrum. Throughout art history, a broad red brushstroke has colored the finest art and expressions of daily life.


The Hunter College Department of Classical and Oriental Studies, New York, NY. Nov. 15, 2014

“Ancient Textiles in Context” Symposium Marie-Louise Nosch, presented on Textile crops in Mycenaean agriculture.

Color/Forms: The 24th Annual Parsons/Cooper Hewitt Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Design. New York, NY. March 24-26, 2015

TSA Board Treasurer Maleyne Syracuse presented “Color as Form in Grethe Sorensen’s Digitally Woven Art,” a paper based on her recent research on digital weaving in contemporary fiber art. This symposium explored the forms color takes and the role color plays in the meanings of design and the decorative arts since the Renaissance.


Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX. Apr. 30, 2015 at 7pm

Kimberly Chrisman –Campbell presented on Fashion Victims: Dress at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette


Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Apr. 18, 2015 at 11am and 1pm

Carol Bier presented an illustrated lecture, “Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art” as one of many programs offered as part of the inaugural National Math Festival in Washington DC. Sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (Berkeley) and the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) in cooperation with Smithsonian Institution. The festival is dedicated to discovering the delight and power of mathematics in everyday life.

International Hajji Baba Society, Washington, DC. Nov. 16, 2014

Japanese textile scholar Ann Marie Moeller gave the lecture “The Element of Surprise in Japanese Kimono Tradition.” Her talk explored the sophisticated level of kimono and obi design in which a garment is made to change appearance depending on lighting or proximity. Patterns can literally appear and disappear due to a passing cloud or the angle of observation.



MUNI Market Day at Capitol Commons, Manila. March 28, 2015

This event featured the workshop “Women Weaving Change” by TSA member Karin Hazelkorn of Endangered Textiles and co-founder of The Hinabi Project.