Posts by sarahfoskett

Dressing for an air raid

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PhD student Lucie Whitmore is coming to the end of her PhD research into the significance of dress from the First World War period.  She has made some fascinating discoveries about this surprisingly little-researched area of dress history, and is making recommendations on how dress from this period could be better represented in museum displays.  … Continue reading

Modern Material Artefacts: a new postgraduate programme for a new era

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By Dr Anita Quye, Programme Convenor for Modern Material Artefacts, Senior Lecturer in Conservation Science, and Head of History of Art. Life became more fashionable and convenient when mass produced synthetic materials entered everyday living. For the last 160 years, plastics, colourants and fibres transformed from natural resources have been squeezed, rolled, pulled, blown, coated… Continue reading

Plus ça change……: A reflection on Open Day, 2018.

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by Sarah Foskett, Lecturer, MPhil Textile Conservation. One of the assignments for the first year students on the MPhil Textile Conservation programme is to write a reflective account and as they are no doubt burning the midnight oil writing theirs, I decided I would come out in sympathy and reflect on the 2018 CTCAH Open… Continue reading

Conservation in Practice excursions – Part 2: National Museums Scotland, Conservation and Collection Science

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By Marika Kesler, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. As described in an earlier post, the second year course Conservation in Practice aims to put the theory and practice of textile conservation into a professional context, placing practical treatments and the wide ranging work of conservators at different institutions into that context.  While visiting lecturers to… Continue reading

Seda quebradiza e iluminación excesiva: ¿A dónde se fueron los hilos coloreados de urdimbre del delantal de la muñeca?

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Por Laura G. García Vedrenne, estudiante de segundo año, Maestría en Conservación de Textiles     Como parte de la currícula de la maestría que cursamos en el Centro de Conservación de Textiles (CTC, por sus siglas en inglés), estudiamos el tema de la fotodegradación y sus efectos sobre los colorantes y fibras textiles. A… Continue reading

Shattering silk and bright lights: where have all the coloured warps of the doll’s apron gone?

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By Laura G. García Vedrenne, second year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. As part of our taught lessons at the CTC, we study photodegradation and its effects on dyes and textile fibres. Last semester, I treated the apron of an early 20th century bisque doll dressed in regional costume, belonging to Glasgow Museums, which had suffered… Continue reading

It takes more than 30 minutes! : experiences of building a humidification chamber

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by Eva Maria Catic, 1st year student, MPhil Textile Conservation One of the great reasons to be a student at the Centre for Textile Conservation is the opportunity to explore different treatment methods. As soon as I mentioned to Sarah my intention to build a humidification chamber for our humidification practical, she instantly agreed to… Continue reading

Colours to dye for

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by Charlotte Lolita Cameron and Chuance Chen, first year students, MPhil Textile Conservation. Textile conservators are often required to dye materials such as fabrics and threads for stitch or adhesive supports. Due to the high standards required, dyeing our own materials is preferred, ensuring the end result is light and wash fast and exactly the… Continue reading