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Lectures

Horses and carriages in front of a mansionFrom Speed, Style and the English Country House by Curt DiCamillo, a lecture co–sponsored by the Royal Oak Foundation.

Historical journeys, garden explorations, architectural brilliance and interesting stories are just a few examples of what you will experience while attending one of our intriguing lectures, each complemented by a remarkable visual presentation. Well–known authors, horticulturists, history enthusiasts and other professionals share their knowledge and experience. Each presentation is followed by a reception during which guests mingle with each other as well as the presenter. In some cases, a book signing and sale will immediately follow. Spend a lovely afternoon experiencing something new at Filoli.

Our guests say it best…
“Fabulouse presentation!” From the Artists at Continent’s End, The Monterey Peninsula’s Art Colony, 1875–1907” lecture.
“Love attending all Filoli lectures!” From Life Lessons from Great Gardens lecture.
“Great program, wonderful birthday gift.” From The Matson White Ships lecture.


2014 Lectures

How to Register

Use the link below each class to register or call 650–364–8300, ext. 508, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

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Well–known authors, curators and historians share their knowledge and experience. Each lecture presentation is followed by a reception where guests mingle with each other as well as the presenter. In some cases, a book signing and sale will immediately follow. Spend an afternoon experiencing something new at Filoli.

book cover color in textiles

 

Color in Textiles: An Lavishly Illustrated History

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Presenter: Susan Kay-Williams

Part one of this two–part lecture is Imperial Purple to Denim Blue: The Colorful History of Textiles. It unpacks how cloth was dyed from pre-history to the dawn of the synthetic era. Part two, From Mauve to Mumbai: The Recent History of Colour in Textiles follows on, taking as its starting point the discovery of the first synthetic color and then looking at the development of dyeing in the late 19th through to the 21st century. These fascinating stories not only cover the birth and use of various colors, but also the power, war, politics, papacy, rulers, science, serendipity, fashion, technology and the indomitable spirit of people. The presenter, Susan Kay–Williams, Chief Executive of the Royal School of Needlework based at Hampton Court Palace, London, has a long–standing interest in textiles and first tried dying in 1988. She loved the experimental nature of developing colors, where these recipes came from, who first discovered dying and how it was learned and passed on. She became fascinated by the social aspects of color – the power colors, the meaningful colors and how colors change over time. This research became the basis for her book The Story of Colour in Textiles and for this intriguing lecture. A book sale, signing and reception will immediately follow the lecture.

Fee for series: $25 members; $30 non–members.

Don’t miss an opportunity to study with graduate of the Royal School of Needlework Lucy Barter through one of Filoli’s Embroidery Classes.