4th International Student Conference of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, in Krakow

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by Marina Herriges, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. Meeting and exchanging knowledge with masters and PhD students from different countries at a conference during three days in Poland. That was my initial thought when I registered myself for the 4th International Student Conference of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, in Krakow on 4-6 November 2019. Textiles were presented from the… Continue reading

The Life Changing Magic of Standardization

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by Anna Robinson, first year student MPhil Textile Conservation. In the last week of October, the first-year students paid a visit to the Whitworth Art Gallery at University of Manchester. At the Gallery, we were treated to a whirlwind tour, including both public and behind-the-scenes spaces by the museum’s textile conservator, Ann French. The tour… Continue reading

Constructive collaborations: The conservation of a Mackintosh stencilled panel

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By Chuance Chen, recent graduate, MPhil Textile Conservation. During my second year, I was fortunate enough to have opportunity to undertake the conservation of a Mackintosh stencilled panel.  I have always been interested in painted textiles and this project also offered me fantastic opportunities to work collaboratively, to learn new techniques and to engage with… Continue reading

North American Textile Conservation Conference (NATCC)

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by Professor Frances Lennard. Textile conservation is an international community and a small enough world that we often have good colleagues and friends in many countries. I’ve recently returned from the 12th biennial conference of the North American Textile Conservation Conference (NATCC), one of the best venues for exchanging information in our field, where it… Continue reading

A group project: Conservation treatment of a 1930’s printed dress

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Authors: Charlotte Cameron, Emma Smith, Eva Maria Catic – recent graduates, MPhil Textile Conservation An additional project for us in the second semester was the wet cleaning of a c.1930’s printed dress from our Karen Finch reference collection. The dress was to be used in a costume mounting practical undertaken by the first years, and volunteers from second year were asked… Continue reading

Barkcloth:Revealing Pacific Craft

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by Frances Lennard, Professor of Textile Conservation. The activities of the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History encompass research as well as teaching on the textile conservation and technical art history programmes. A major research project on Pacific barkcloth, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, is now nearing completion. The project… Continue reading

Conservation Conferences: Part 2 – ICOM-CC Textile Working Group

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by Karen Thompson, Lecturer, MPhil Textile Conservation. Having just unpacking packing my bags from a trip to Belfast for Icon19, it was time to set off again this time to Switzerland to attend the ICOM-CC Textiles Working Group Interim Meeting 2019. The conference took place over two days on the 20th and 21st June 2019… Continue reading

Conservation Conferences: Looking forward to new challenges – Part 1 – ICON19!

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by Karen Thompson, Lecturer, MPhil Textile Conservation. June 2019 provided professional colleagues, including staff, graduates, and current students of the Centre for Textile and the former Textile Conservation Centre with the opportunity to attend two conservation focused conferences: Icon19 (Institute of Conservation, 2019 Triennial Conference) in Belfast and ICOM-CC (International Council of Museums, Committee for Conservation) textiles Working Group Interim Meeting… Continue reading

A collaborative project with GSA Archives and Collections: The final mount down!

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The final stage of the project to conserve a collection of t-shirts and sweatshirts from Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections focused on the best way to store the collections for the long term. This was something of a conundrum: as structurally sound, reasonably contemporary items a range of options had potential, but at… Continue reading

The University of Glasgow Alumnae Presenting at the AIC 47th Annual Conference

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by Megan Creamer, graduate MPhil Textile Conservation, 2018.             Last week, five graduates of the Centre for Textile Conservation and one University of Glasgow doctoral graduate presented their research and current work at the American Institute for Conservation 47th Annual Meeting in May 2019. The meeting took place on Mohegan tribal lands in Uncasville, Connecticut,… Continue reading