Laci's Museum of Textiles in Berkeley is currently hosting an exhibit focusing on smocking. This exhibit covers both the technical details of smocked garments as well as the artistic manifestation of smocking. "Smocking: Fabric Manipulation and Beyond," will be at Laci's until October 4, 2014. The exhibit is a joint project of Laci's and the Smocking Arts Guild of America. For more information about Laci's and the hours of the exhibit, visit http://lacismuseum.org/exhibit/smocking/.
At the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, current exhibits include "Metamorphosis: Clothing and Identity," focusing on the history of the art-to-wear movement in the San Francisco Bay Area, from the 1970s until the present day. Over sixty garments will be displayed as part of the exhibit, which is open until April 27, 2014. In addition, a "Fiber Talk" will be held on March 30, at 1 pm. Three art-to-wear artists, Janet Lipkin, Ana Lisa Hedstrom, and Jean Williams Caciedo, will participate in a panel discussion lead by JoAnn Stabb. For more information, visit http://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/.