Make Music Day with Alecia Haselton, Time Will Decide, and CNVS
Jun
21
12:00 PM12:00

Make Music Day with Alecia Haselton, Time Will Decide, and CNVS

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Schedule
Alecia Haselton: 12 - 1pm
Time Will Decide: 1:15 - 1:45pm
CNVS: 3 - 4pm

Celebrated internationally, Make Music Day is a free day of music held on the summer solstice, June 21. San Jose joined the celebration for the first time in 2017 with performances taking place citywide from sunrise to sunset.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music San Jose is open to anyone who wants to take part. The spirit of the day is that of a holiday: people getting together in their own neighborhoods, creating their own musical events in a do-it-yourself fashion.

Every kind of musician —young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion —  is encouraged to take part by filling San Jose’s parks, plazas, and public spaces with music and share the joy of music making with friends, neighbors, and strangers.


Santa Cruz-based Alecia Haselton started her solo songwriting journey early in 2018, having previously sang in diverse bands ranging in genre from pop punk to 60s soul. Now, in addition to singing of course, she switches during her performance between playing the keyboard, guitar, ukulele, and even autoharp. Her vocals have been compared to Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries with an Avril-Lavigne-alt edge. Her pop/folk songs are influenced by world travels and communal frequencies. 

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Time Will Decide is a local band based in San Jose. Their music styles are often considered eclectic. But a clear hint of folk, pop, and soft rock (along with many other genres) will stand out to any listener. Whether one prefers a more structured sound to their favorite music, or something which may be more arrhythmic (like a heartbeat), Time Will Decide can appeal to the mass due to its members’ diversity. 

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CNVS (or canvas), is a collaborative music project and artistry spearheaded by singer song-writer Jonathan Shaheen. It is an ever growing, ever evolving, conglomerate of musicians and song-writers joining together to create music from a blank canvas, to the blank canvas of listeners everywhere. With shows that range from intimate and more acoustic to full band, filled with anthem-matic moments that you scream at the top of your lungs. No matter the venue, no matter the time; a show that is fresh, new,  and passion filled is always a guarantee. No matter where you come from or what roads you’ve walked, CNVS and its music is sure to reach and connect with anyone from any sphere of life. 

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Beers Made By Walking: Tapping Party
Jul
14
3:00 PM15:00

Beers Made By Walking: Tapping Party

Beers Made By Walking Tapping
July 14th, 3:00pm-5:00pm
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
Entry is free, but tickets are required

Calling all South Bay Area craft beer enthusiasts! On Sunday, July 14th, from 3:00pm-5:00pm, we will tap three place-based craft beers that were inspired by a hike we organized at the Salt Pond Restoration Area in San Jose earlier this year. The beers are part of a collaboration between the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles and Beers Made By Walking, a program that invites brewers to make beer inspired by edible and medicinal plants from nature hikes!

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Clandestine Brewing, Camino Brewing, and Uproar Brewing joined us for the hike around the South Bay Salt Ponds where we identified edible native plants, invasive plants, and learned about the importance of the wetlands area. The three breweries are making beer inspired by what they learned on the hike and we will tap the beers at the closing of our H2oh! exhibition. The event is free, but RSVPs are required, so sign up now!

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The event will begin at 3:00pm with an artist talk from Beers Made By Walking founder, Eric Steen, about how beer and art can build a sense of place. Brewers from each brewery will also talk about how their beer was inspired by the hike in San Jose. Beers will be served following the talk.

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Sculpting with Textiles and Natural Materials with Amber Imrie
Aug
4
11:30 AM11:30

Sculpting with Textiles and Natural Materials with Amber Imrie

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Optional for registered students: Spoonflower tutorial, July 7, 2019, or July 14, 2019, from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Fee: $20.00 Members, $30.00 Non-members (Fee includes admission to the museum)

Level: Beginner to advance, Ages 12 and up

Workshop description: When explorers are searching the ocean floor for shipwrecks, they search for straight lines - a sign of man-made objects. Nature doesn’t have straight edges, the natural line wavers blurs and merges. In this workshop, we will explore the various ways natural materials can intermingle with the sculptural textile form. The versatility and flexibility of textiles offer us a unique opportunity to bend to the natural form.

In this class we will use glue, thread, rope or yarn, to sculpt forms from textiles and natural materials such as sticks and rocks. Participants are welcome to bring specific materials they are interested in using or use materials provided.

In the first part of the class, we will look at examples of sculptures with natural materials and explore joinery techniques. You will then have two hours to build your own sculptural forms from the materials available and those that you brought with you. At the end of the workshop, we will share our creations in a roundtable discussion.   

In Amber’s own work she uses photographic images printed onto textiles through large format inkjet printing. You are welcome to print your own textiles independently beforehand or bring with you patterns or colors you’d like to sculpt with. If you want to order a photographic textile print: www.spoonflower.com makes this possible through online ordering, (just make sure to order with time for processing and delivery before the workshop date).

Participants are encouraged to bring sticks and/or branches. If you’re interested in bending or weaving with the sticks/branches, they should be green (fresh). Otherwise, dried sticks can be used for “straight”-line construction. Please refrain from bringing branches that are unwieldy, you will be working in a classroom atmosphere with other makers. Rocks/ stones, or leaves can also be used to add weight, texture or form.

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Meg Cox, Success Stories: What it Takes to Make it Big in Quilts
Oct
27
3:00 PM15:00

Meg Cox, Success Stories: What it Takes to Make it Big in Quilts

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 "Success Stories: What it Takes to Make it Big in Quilts"

Meg Cox has used her expertise as a financial journalist (including 17 years as a staff writer for the Wall Street Journal) to research the biggest names in quilting and uncover their secrets to success. She'll talk about lessons learned by icons from Eleanor Burns to Tula Pink, as well as the strategies of people who found fortune but not fame in quilting (you won't know their names). Her Powerpoint lecture will inspire you whether or not you want to make a profit from your passion. 

  • $15.00  -  Members

  • $25.00  -  Non-members



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Kantha Style, Collage, Mini-Quilt Workshop with Tricia Royal
Nov
3
11:30 AM11:30

Kantha Style, Collage, Mini-Quilt Workshop with Tricia Royal

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Fee: $15.00 Members, $25.00 Non-members (Fee includes admission to the museum)



Workshop Type: Hand-sewing

Instructor: Tricia Royal

Experience Level: No experience required, age 12 to adult

Spots available: 20



In this workshop, we will make a 12” x 12” hand-quilted (or less) miniature quilt inspired by the Kantha quilts of Bangladesh using raw-edge appliqué.  Kantha is pronounced “KAHN-ta”, which means “rags” in Sanskrit. These collage-like quilts are fun and easy to make, and the process is meditative. Bring a handful of treasured fabric scraps (any fiber or content will work, but natural fibers like cotton, linen, and silk work well), but you are welcome to paw through Tricia’s scrap pile as well.  Tricia will provide examples of finished mini-quilts for inspiration and will show you how to compose your mini-quilt, how to attach your scraps to your base fabric, as well as how to hand-quilt and finish your mini-quilt.



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Denise Labadie, Stone Portraits and Sacred Stonescapes: Opening Reception
Jun
9
3:00 PM15:00

Denise Labadie, Stone Portraits and Sacred Stonescapes: Opening Reception

Denise Labadie creates portraits of Celtic megalithic stones and monoliths, and more recent monastic ruins. These stonescapes – stone circles, standing stones, dolmens, burial tombs, abandoned churches, forgotten cemeteries, and lost-in-history portals and passageways – are both timeless and evoke deep remembrances of human pasts largely forgotten. Labadie's quilts are known both for their surprising emotionality, large size and, from a construction standpoint, their hand-painted fabrics, textures, color gradation, shadowing and perspective, depth of field, craftsmanship and technique precision.

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The Magic of Water: Community Day
Jun
2
11:00 AM11:00

The Magic of Water: Community Day

Free, pay what you can

Join the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles for a free community day on Sunday, June 2nd, 2019.

Join us and explore all things water at the museum:

  • Our current exhibition H2oh!

  • Witness the water wonder of magician Kathy Machado!
    Kathy Machado’s Magic Shows
    Start time: 12:00pm & 2:00pm
    End time: 20 - 30 min

  • Experience the calming sensations of sound baths with Jessica Neideffer

  • Make your own musical masterpiece with a water xylophone!

  • As part of our water theme, artist in residency Alexander Hernández will be having a soft sculpture craft activity. The public are invited to come make sea life soft sculptures with Alex. Come sew, draw, embellish and stuff your own creature and take it home with you. 

  • Poetry readings by Third Thursday
    11 AM - 11:45 AM
    1 PM - 1:45 PM

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Soft Sculpture Workshop with Alex Hernandez
May
19
11:30 AM11:30

Soft Sculpture Workshop with Alex Hernandez

Workshop Type: Soft Sculpture
Instructor: Alexander Hernandez
Experience Level
: No experience required, age 12 to adult
Total spots available: 18


Fee: $15.00 Members, $25.00 Non-members (Fee includes admission to the museum)

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Alexander Hernandez is a textile artist whose work explores gender expectations, immigration and cultural assimilation through patchwork, quilting, applique and soft sculpture. As a Queer immigrant, Hernandez is constantly navigating throughout multiple communities. Growing up he felt unwelcomed by mainstream, and not fully embraced by his Latino community. Hernandez patched together his identity like a Frankenstein creature made from his American upbringing and Oaxacan roots. This is reflected in his affinity to patchwork, mix patterns and textures that both contradict and compliment each other. In this workshop Alex will instruct people in creating soft sculptures and patches that reflect their own identities and how they want to be portrayed in the world. The public are encouraged to bring clothing and other textiles they would like to deconstruct to created one of a kind pieces. You may also bring garments to embellish with appliques or patches.

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Beers Made By Walking: Salt Pond Restoration Walk
May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Beers Made By Walking: Salt Pond Restoration Walk

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Beers Made By Walking: Salt Pond Restoration Walk

  • May 11th, 10:00am-12:30pm

  • 1751 Grand Blvd, San Jose | Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

  • RSVP Required

  • Tickets are free

 

We have partnered with Beers Made By Walking, a program that invites brewers to go on nature hikes and make new “place-based beers” inspired by the plants from the trail. Join us, and three San Jose craft breweries as we walk along the trail of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project at the Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Led by Dave Halsing, the Restoration Project’s executive project manager, you will learn about the largest tidal wetland restoration project on the West Coast and about the native and invasive plants that inhabit the area. Uproar Brewing, Camino Brewing and Clandestine Brewing will then head back to their breweries and create a beer inspired by this walk, which will be released later in the summer.

How to prepare for this walk:

Dress for the weather. We will walk whether we have rain or shine. The walk is easy, but it is about 2.5 hours and the ground is uneven. Bring your own snacks and water. If it’s sunny make sure you have a hat and sunglasses.

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Linda Gass Presents: “Can Art Change Our Water Consciousness?”
May
5
3:00 PM15:00

Linda Gass Presents: “Can Art Change Our Water Consciousness?”

Linda Gass (http://lindagass.com) believes in the power of art to affect people and motivate change. Gass’s artwork is inspired by the connections between humans and water, and the land that sustains them. Her presentation will take guests on a photographic journey to the places that inform her work, from the wilderness areas of California to significant water interventions in the American West, along with images of her artwork made in response to her experiences and research. She will also include artworks created by the artists in the Museum’s current exhibition, H2Oh! that Gass juried for Studio Art Quilt Associates. More than just a lecture, the program will follow a salon style discussion, where audience members will have the opportunity to experience a new appreciation and awareness for water resources and develop their own answers to the question of “Can Art Change Our Water Consciousness?”

This lecture is made possible by a grant from the Knight Foundation/Speak Up! San Jose

**The event is free but reservations are requested. Seating is limited.

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(Full) Low Water Dyeing with Natural Dyes
Apr
28
11:30 AM11:30

(Full) Low Water Dyeing with Natural Dyes

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Fee: $15.00 Members, $25.00 Non-members (Fee includes admission to the museum)

Workshop Type: Fabric dying
Instructors: Artist in Residence, Lisa Solomon
Experience Level
: No experience required, age 12 to adult


An introduction to the concept of using items you can easily find in a grocery store or forage in your backyard to create natural dyes. We will discuss prepping materials, what works best for natural dyes, and mordants. We’ll create several dye vats that you can test, discuss dye properties, folding and tying techniques to generate interesting patterns and motifs.

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(Full) Creating Silk Confections with Judith Content Workshop
Mar
30
11:30 AM11:30

(Full) Creating Silk Confections with Judith Content Workshop

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Fee: $15.00 Members, $25.00 Non-members (Fee includes admission to the museum), plus a $15.00 material fee

Workshop Type: Sewing
Instructors: Judith Content
Experience Level
: No experience required, age 13 to adult
Total spots available: 20


In this hands-on workshop Judith Content will share her personal techniques for creating fanciful, silk confections. She will bring her own shibori dyed, silk scraps and a variety of vintage Japanese fabrics for participants to work with. The workshop will explore the basics of silk confectionery construction, as well as decorative embellishments such as machine stitching, hand-stitching, embroidery, collage and beading. This workshop is designed to steer your creativity and curiosity in new and unexpected directions.  A materials fee will cover all supplies needed for this workshop.

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DIY Fabric Printing Workshop
Mar
24
11:30 AM11:30

DIY Fabric Printing Workshop

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Fee: $15.00 Members, $25.00 Non-members (Fee includes admission to the museum)

Workshop Type: Fabric printing
Instructors: Lisa Solomon
Experience Level
: No experience required, age 12 to adult
Total spots available: 25


We will create simple geometric based stamps and blocks to print onto fabric using foam, erasers,  and yarn on woodblocks. You’ll also learn how to measure and repeat a pattern for yardage, as well as how to ink your blocks for consistent results. Students will be encouraged to collaborate and trade blocks to create interesting motifs.

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Quilt ID Day
Mar
16
11:00 AM11:00

Quilt ID Day

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Learn more about your quilt’s history! Staff and trained volunteers examine quilts and offer information about styles, patterns, fabrics and estimated age. An information form and documentation label will be provided for each quilt. No appraisals will be given.

Advanced registration is required.
Limit of 3 quilts. Separate appointments are required for each quilt.

If an appointment is indicated as “Out of Stock”, please select another.

$10 Members, $15 Non-Members


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Embroidered Drawing Workshop
Mar
9
11:30 AM11:30

Embroidered Drawing Workshop

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Fee: $15.00 Members, $25.00 Non-members (Fee includes admission to the museum)

Workshop Type: Embroidery
Instructors: Artist in Residence, Lisa Solomon
Experience Level
: No experience required, age 12 to adult
Total spots available: 25


In this class we'll turn a photograph or drawing into a textural keepsake/piece of art. We'll discuss ways to transfer your image to fabric, how to choose colors, thread weights, and basic stitch options to help you complete your project. Simple applique will also be discussed as a way to add interest to your work. You can add your fabric piece to a pillow, tote bag, or frame it for safe keeping. Please bring photocopies of the drawing/photo you wish to utilize as you'll be drawing on top of it.

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(FULL) Sashiko Workshop
Feb
23
11:30 AM11:30

(FULL) Sashiko Workshop

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Time: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM (2 hours)

Fee: $15.00 Members, $25.00 Non-members (Fee includes admission to the museum)


Workshop Type: Japanese embroidery
Instructors: Lisa Solomon
Experience Level
: No experience required, age 12 to adult
Spots available: 25

Learn the basic technique of Sashiko stitching, a traditional Japanese embroidery technique. Sashiko is an easy running stitch that allows you to move quickly through a project. In Japanese tradition Sashiko is used not only as a decorative stitch but also to perform Boro, the act of mending and patching. In class you’ll learn about traditional tools, threads and how to incorporate contemporary ideas. We’ll start by practicing on a scrap of fabric with a design you develop and then move onto mending techniques. We’ll cover 2-3 different strategies to mend. Bring a pair of jeans, shirt or sweater that needs repair.

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Free Community Day: What's Tech Got to Do With It?
Feb
10
11:00 AM11:00

Free Community Day: What's Tech Got to Do With It?

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What’s Tech Got to Do With It?

Free Community Open House!

Sunday, February 10

11am - 3pm

In 2010, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles launched its signature event, the International TECHstyle Art Biennial (ITAB). Returning now for its fourth incarnation, ITAB is a juried exhibition of work by artists merging fiber media with new information and communication technologies in their artistic processes, as a medium of artistic expression, and/or in the content of their work. Leveraging its location in Silicon Valley, ITAB serves as the premiere platform for introducing the work of artists exploring the intersection of fiber and technology to a global community.

There will be activities and events throughout the day. Stop by and check out:

  • LED Light-Up Bracelets with Corinne Okada

  • STEAM demonstration with Sander van de Bor

  • Embroidered cards

  • …and more!

Stay tuned for more details!

Image:
Gillian O’Shea
Dawn, 2018
Installation featuring handmade soft organic sculptures, lighting, and audio

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Taxes for Artists with Lee Ann Payne
Feb
2
3:30 PM15:30

Taxes for Artists with Lee Ann Payne

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Lee Ann Payne serves as the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Deputy Director. Ms. Payne holds an MBA and Finance from the University of Washington and an MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University For more than 20 years, Lee Ann has been supporting art and artists through her personal effort as a performer and her work as an administrator of art organizations. Having experience in many sides of the art-making experience, Lee Ann brings practical tips and a sense of humor to the often tedious side of finance.


This talk will include a discussion of the basics of tax reporting, some ideas for making the most of your time and talent, and processes you can consider as you work through the business side of your art. Lee Ann will attempt to make the discussion fun!

Admission:
Free to Artist Members of SJMQT and ICA 
$10 for SJMQT and ICA members
$15 non-members

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Opening Reception: ITAB IV & Evanescence, Judith Content
Jan
20
3:00 PM15:00

Opening Reception: ITAB IV & Evanescence, Judith Content

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San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
invites you to the
Opening Reception for

International TECHstyle Art Biennial IV
Evanescence: Judith Content

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Members Preview and Artist Walkthrough 2-3 pm
Public Reception 3-5 pm


INTERNATIONAL TECHSTYLE ART BIENNIAL IV

JANUARY 20, 2019 – APRIL 14, 2019

HALLWAY, PORCELLA, TURNER AND GILLILAND GALLERIES

In 2010, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles launched its signature event, the International TECHstyle Art Biennial (ITAB). Returning now for its fourth incarnation, ITAB is a juried exhibition of work by artists merging fiber media with new information and communication technologies in their artistic processes, as a medium of artistic expression, and/or in the content of their work. Leveraging its location in Silicon Valley, ITAB serves as the premiere platform for introducing the work of artists exploring the intersection of fiber and technology to a global community.


EVANESCENCE: JUDITH CONTENT

JANUARY 20, 2019 - APRIL 14, 2019

FINLAYSON GALLERY

Palo Alto based artist, Judith Content, explores the essence of image, memory or a moment in time through the process of hand dying and stitched silk. Through discharge dyeing and shibori dyeing techniques, Content's work references the natural landscape with painterly movement and depth.

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Monogram Workshop with Margaret Timbrell
Dec
15
11:30 AM11:30

Monogram Workshop with Margaret Timbrell

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Location: Maker Space Studio, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, 520 South First St. San Jose, CA. 95113

Fee: $15.00 Members, $25.00 Non-members (Fee includes admission to the museum)


Workshop Type: Monograms

Instructors: Margaret Timbrell

Experience Level: No experience required, age 12 to adult

Spots available: 25


Workshop description: Learn how to make a unique monogram with artist in residence, Margaret Timbrell. Participants will learn how to use fundamental stitches to create a special monogram of their choice. All levels are welcome. Materials will be provided. Participants are also welcome to bring their own fabric and thread as well. To learn more about Margaret Timbrell visit www.margarettimbrell.com.

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Embroidery with Margaret Timbrell
Nov
17
11:30 AM11:30

Embroidery with Margaret Timbrell

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Location: Maker Space Studio, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, 520 South First St. San Jose, CA. 95113

Date: Saturday, Nov 17, 2018

Time: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM (2 hours)

Fee: $15.00 Members, $25.00 Non-members (Fee includes admission to the museum)

Workshop Type: Embroidery

Instructor: Margaret Timbrell

Experience Level: No experience required, age 12 to adult

Spots available: 25


Workshop description: Join Margaret Timbrell for a fun embroideryproject and learn more about her embroidery works. Brush up your skills and/or learn something new. This workshop will cover how to execute a running stitch, back stitch, stem stitch, and French knots. It will be a great time to ask any of your embroidery questions. To learn more about Margaret Timbrell visit: http://margarettimbrell.com/.

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First Friday: Introducing Wu Yu Jung, New Terrains: Mobility and Migration Project
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

First Friday: Introducing Wu Yu Jung, New Terrains: Mobility and Migration Project

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As part of Downtown San Jose’s First Friday event, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles will be hosting Taiwanese artist, Wu Yu Jung. Wu Yu Jung lives in the San Jose Sister City of Tainan, Taiwan’s ‘Cultural Capital.’ In conjunction with New Terrains: Mobility and Migration Project, her project “Hey, Are You Free?” will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at SJMQT. Wu Yu Jung is traveling from Taiwan and will be at the Museum for First Friday on October 5, 2018 from 7-10 pm. Please come out to support, meet and welcome her!

Admission is ‘pay what you can’ on the first Friday of each month (except January and July).

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First Friday: Stitch N Bitch with Artist in Residence Margaret Timbrell
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

First Friday: Stitch N Bitch with Artist in Residence Margaret Timbrell

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This First Friday please join Margaret Timbrell in a Stitch N Bitch session. Bring your fiber works in progress (quilts, needlepoint, embroidery, knitting, weaving, any and all textile based work) to participate in a traditional social sewing circle. We'll talk about anything and everything including, but not limited to, revolution, pie recipes, and unicorns.

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First Friday: VeteransWrite Reading
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

First Friday: VeteransWrite Reading

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VeteransWrite was formed in 2014 with the support of Poetry Center San Jose and the VA, with the first meeting in Sept. 2015. The group initially met at Markham House in History Park. At the request of staff from San Jose State University, VeteransWrite relocated to the SJSU campus to provide better accessibility to veterans who are students there. 

The original intent was to provide a place for veterans and family members to meet monthly in a small group, in order to write and read their writing to each other. In 2018, at the request of the membership, an invitation has been extended to anyone who wants to attend, in order to bridge the divide some people may feel between military and civilian, with the understanding that every person is a "veteran of life". 

All levels of writing experience are welcome. Prompts and writing guidance are available. The group meets at MLK library on the SJSU campus on the First Friday of the month from 1 - 4 PM. For further information please email veteranswrite@yahoo.com. 

First Friday Schedule:

  • 7:00PM - 7:50PM David Eisbach, Dale Barnett, Doug Nelson

  • 7:50PM - 8:40PM Emilio Gallegos, Jeffrey Leonard, Nick Butterfield

  • 8:40PM - 9:30PM Amy Meier, Carol Steele

VeteransWrite Bios

Dale Barnett was raised in San Jose, CA., joined the air force for a stint. He’s been married 28 years and has 3 children. He lives in Morgan Hill, CA. and has been writing since 2009. He has self published 3 books and is involved with VeteransWrite, Poets@Play and Yosemite poetry festivals. He also writes for healing at he south San Jose VA clinic. 

Nick Butterfield served for 10 years in US-R as a Hospital Corpsman. He was activated during Operation Desert Storm. He works in Family Practice as a Nurse Practitioner in a FQHC Community Clinic and with Health Care for the Homeless Project for the last 17 years. He has been writing poetry since he was 13 years old. He has participated in open mics at the Willow Glen Poetry Project and other local venues since 1996 and was recently featured reader for Willow Glen Poetry Project. His poems have appeared in four anthologies and in Caesura.

Dave Eisbach was born in Minnesota. His mother worked in the Richmond California shipyards during the last two years of WWII. He grew up in Illinois, joined the Marines in 1957 and exited in 1960 as a Corporal E4. These years by some historical quirk were filled with peace. An adjunct teacher for many years, his interest in poetry expanded during his stint as a San Jose Arts Commissioner. He is an active poet in the Willow Glen Poetry Project, having poems in the groups anthologies, and has appeared in Central Coast Poetry Plays, Community TV. His book of poetry “Entwined” will be released in September 2918. David is the coordinator for the Oct. 5 San Jose Museum of Quilts reading.

Emilio Gallegos is a United States Marine Corps and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, Purple Heart recipient, and single father of two. He is completing a BA at SJSU with a concentration in creative writing. Emilio has worked expensively with a men’s ministry group, and has directed a youth ministry group leading and teaching high school and middle school students. 

Jeffrey Leonard served in the U.S. Army between 1966-1968. Drafted out of SaN Jose State, he trained as a 11C40, leaving the service as an E-5. He is a 12th generation descendant of men who have served in every major conflict dating back to pre-Revolutionary America. A survivor of the Vietnam Era, he is drawn to the stories of the returning soldiers and how their lives unfold after they remove the uniform. 

Amy Meier grew up in New York City and has lived in the San Jose area for over 30 years. In 2015 Amy founded VeteransWrite, currently meeting once a month in the SJSU Dr. Martin Luther King library. Her recent work has been published in Caesura, Porter Gulch Review and online in Portside. 

Fifty years after serving in Vietnam, Doug Nelson is still trying to deal with the dissonance that comes with helping his country to be wrong. In 2007, Santa Clara County offered him a way to deal with Vietnam, assisting veterans with disability claims. His friends in the Willow Glen Poetry Project and in VeteransWrite are his mentors and muses.

Carol Steele comes from a military family. Both of her parents served in WWII. Her first husband and daughter's father was in the Air Force in Vietnam and her grandson is currently in the Army. Carol has been writing poetry about the family experience while having a loved one in the military during a time of war. She studied with Ellen Bass for eight years and is currently in a poetry salon with Patricia Machmiller and a member of Veterans Write.

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Wu Yu Jung, New Terrains: Mobility and Migration Project
Oct
1
to Oct 14

Wu Yu Jung, New Terrains: Mobility and Migration Project

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Wu Yu Jung’s artistic practice involves using a bicycle to transport herself and sewing materials to mend the public’s clothing. She will be active in the following Downtown San Jose locations from 1pm - 4pm unless otherwise noted:

  • October 1 Plaza de Cesar Chavez

  • October 2 San Jose Museum Art, Circle of Palms Plaza

  • October 3 Parque de los Pobladores, 11am - 2pm

  • October 4 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose State University

  • October 5 South First Friday at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, 7-10pm

In conjunction with multiple South Bay arts organizations, SJMQT will be apart of the New Terrains: Mobility and Migration Project. Through cross-disciplinary presentations and exhibitions, this innovative project will enlighten the citizens of San Jose on the ways in which bodies move through social and political spaces. SJMQT is excited to be apart of this Silicon Valley collaboration which features progressive matters such as urban planning, public protest and immigration. Wu Yu Jung’s exhibition at the SJMQT adds to depth of this event as it provides first-hand documentation on a non-native’s perception of her daily experience in San Jose, California.

News Coverage on World Journal, the leading local Taiwanese newspaper

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Free Family Weekend at SJMQT: Viva Calle SJ
Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

Free Family Weekend at SJMQT: Viva Calle SJ

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The weekend of September 22 & 23, SJMQT is free to the public. 

What Is Viva CalleSJ? 
Viva CalleSJ is a free program to bring communities together to walk, bike, skate, play, and explore the city like never before. On September 23, 2018 the museum will be open one hour earlier, from 10am – 3pm to celebrate Viva Calle, a local initiative that transforms six miles of city streets into an urban park for the day! 

SJMQT is located along the Viva Calle Route, in the SoFA Street Activity Hub!

Stop by the museum to decorate your bike, take part in fun activities, and see our exhibitions!

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Free Family Weekend at SJMQT: Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
Sep
22
11:00 AM11:00

Free Family Weekend at SJMQT: Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

The weekend of September 22 & 23, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is free to the public.

On September 22, 2018 the museum celebrates Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, a national effort of museums to waive admission fees making them accessible for all. 

Paper art activities, keychain making, button making, Behind the Scenes tours, a scavenger hunt, and more!


Plus, the Opening Reception of Patricia Montgomery's exhibition:

Honoring the Heroines of
the Civil Right Movement

with an Artist Talk at 2pm


and a workshop with


Mending Collective

12:30pm - 3pm

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Gain the skills to mend your favorite pair of jeans. Come and learn a few basic patch techniques to rehab your beloved rough and tumble wear! Free with RSVP at themendingcollective@gmail.com - reserve your spot today.

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Meet and Greet with Margaret Timbrell, our Fall Artist in Residence
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Meet and Greet with Margaret Timbrell, our Fall Artist in Residence

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Please join the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles as we welcome our next artist in residence, Margaret Timbrell on September 7, 2018 from 7 PM to 9:30 PM in the Maker Space Studio.

Margaret Timbrell uses humor in her embroidery works to examine the way language is used today through technology. The San Francisco based artist adapts phone texts that have been altered incorrectly through the use of auto correct. Her work poses questions regarding the quality of language examining communication and miscommunication.

 

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Movie Night at SJMQT: "Who Does She Think She Is?"
Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

Movie Night at SJMQT: "Who Does She Think She Is?"

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 24

7 - 10 PM

Doors open 6:30 PM

Fee: $10.00 Members, $15.00 Non-members

"Who Does She Think She Is?," a documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll, features five fierce women who refuse to choose. Through their lives, we explore some of the most problematic intersections of our time: mothering and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art.

Register ASAP as seating is limited!

Bring your friends and enjoy a night at the Museum. We’ll provide the popcorn and the entertainment. Beer and wine will be available to purchase.

Whether you are an artist, a parent, a creative thinker or a supporter of the arts – this film will stir discussion and reflection.

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Bang! Bang! Discussing America's Second Amendment
Jul
15
3:00 PM15:00

Bang! Bang! Discussing America's Second Amendment

TURNER GALLERY

SUNDAY, JULY 15
3 - 5 PM

Fee: $15.00 Members, $25.00 Non-members

As a supporting program of the exhibition, Guns: Loaded Conversations, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is pleased to present Bang! Bang! Discussing America’s Second Amendment in collaboration with Stanford University Law Professor, John J. Donohue III.  Join us for an informative presentation and Q&A to discuss guns, their history and their cultural and social significance.  

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