Here are a few current Bay Area exhibits worth checking out.

Lace: Labor and Luxury

at the de Young Museum through Nov. 30, 2014

From the de Young website:

Lace: Labor and Luxury highlights the artistry of lace and contextualizes this artform within centuries of fashion history. In the small Textile Education Gallery, portraits of fashionable lace-wearing men and women from the holdings of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts are exhibited alongside fine examples of lace from the Department of Textile Arts. Together, these works chronicle the rise and fall of lace in fashion from the 16th through the 19th centuries.

International Textile Art Biennial 3 (ITAB)

at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles through Nov. 8, 2014

From the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles website:

Returning for its third 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. This year jurors Louise Lemieux Bérubé, Patricia Malarcher, and Michael James brought their expert consideration and aesthetic to select work from a new pool of national and international entries.

As a part of their technical and artistic processes artists use techniques of digital jacquard weaving, digital printing, digital photography, manipulation of imagery using various computer programs, laser engraving, or computerized embroidery. As in previous years, some of the work is low tech while creating interesting themes and ideas about the technological world that we live in. ITAB showcases the tools of technology that allow artists to further their artistic visions as they explore the possibilities and inventions of textile art in the 21st century.

Thirty nine works are included by 36 artists from the United States, Canada, Finland, France, Hungary, Lithuania, New Zealand, and South Korea.

Nineteenth Century Lace: Emergence of the Middle Class

at the Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles through Feb. 9, 2015

From the Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles website:

In a multitude of hand and machine made styles. Lace was the substance of transition from an agrarian society to an industrial age. It was the substance of survival and support of social systems on the verge of collapse, while evoking the passion and pride of the human spirit.