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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

It’s good to get out: A visit to Perth Museum and Art Gallery

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It is often easy to think you need to keep your head down: ‘to do’ lists don’t get any shorter on an away day, and unlike the story of the Tailor of Gloucester, work rarely gets completed by mice while your not looking! But our visit to Perth Museum and Art Gallery last week was… Continue reading

Workshop on the Conservation of Japanese Textiles 2019

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by Staphany Cheng, graduate MPhil Textile Conservation 2018, currently Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Textiles, Conservation Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Some time ago,  I had the opportunity to attend the Workshops on the Conservation of Japanese Textiles, conducted by Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties (TNRICP) and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU)… Continue reading

A Collaborative Project: Identifying Viscose Rayon

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by Charlotte Cameron, graduated MPhil Textile Conservation 2018, now undertaking an Internship in Textile Conservation at The Bowes Museum Prior to studying on the MPhil Textile Conservation course at the University of Glasgow I had the opportunity to work with the John Bright Historic Collection Revealedas a costume mounter. The collection consists of several thousand… Continue reading