Our Virtual Placements

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By Yufei Xiang, Catherine Harris, Beth Gillions, Anna Robinson, Callie Jerman, Ásgrímur Einarsson and Signe Marie Thøgersen This year placements were undertaken remotely with students working with their placement host and mentor on a project of interest and relevance to the institution. In this blog, the now second year students give an overview of their… Continue reading

The end of the Pacific barkcloth project

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by Frances Lennard. We were fortunate to receive follow-on funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to continue our Pacific barkcloth project this year – the funding was intended to help us to take our research to a wider audience. We originally planned to hold barkcloth workshops in five museums around the UK earlier… Continue reading

Make, do and mend: A conservation in quarantine adventure

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By Beth Gillions and Anna F Robinson Setting the scene March 2020: lockdown of the UK in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic has been declared and we, two first year textile conservation students, make a journey to the northwest of England to weather the uncertainty of lockdown with Beth’s family. The decision to leave… Continue reading

The Fashion and Race Database

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Megan Creamer, Isabel Bader Research Fellow, Queen’s University, Art History and Art Conservation Program. Stapheny Cheng, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Textiles, Conservation Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The study of fashion, dress, and textiles has always been closely aligned with research on the presentation of self, and socio-cultural identities of all kinds including… Continue reading

Drawn from History – Deconstructing Menswear Silhouettes from Historic Portraits

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by Anna F Robinson, First-year student, MPhil Textile Conservation Historic portraiture and art provide a unique and dynamic visual way for conservators to look at, understand, and contextualize how historic costume was worn and looked. Analysing period artwork for shape, style, drape and distribution of weight, was a valuable tool in a recent mounting project… Continue reading

Painted in-fills: an artistic approach

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by Nicole Giacomantonio, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation Though dyeing is the most common means of applying colour to fabric for use in the conservation of textiles, common artists’ paints have been empirically tested and successfully used in producing coloured supports for nearly 30 years. The variety of effects achievable through the numerous means… Continue reading

Valerie Carson (1936–2020)

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It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that Valerie Carson, New Zealand’s pioneering textile conservator, died on 21 January. Please have a look at this lovely tribute to her remarkable life and work by Rachel Collinge and Rangi Te Kananwa. https://mailchi.mp/tepapa.govt.nz/blog_valerie-carson?e=6e0869543e

It’s an Ethiopian rug!

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by Marina Herriges, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation During the second year of the programme, students are given more complex objects to be treated. In my case, I received an exciting surprise – an Ethiopian rug! This was a very pleasant challenge for me, as I am quite keen on flat textiles, especially tapestries,… Continue reading