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Beautifully embellished with beadwork

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by Nicole Giacomantonio, recent graduate. I was very fortunate to spend the last month at the Kelvin Centre for Conservation and Cultural Heritage Research to undertake the final stage of treatment on a 1920s’ gold beaded dress belonging to Glasgow Museums. The dress (E.1973.62.b) was originally purchased from Murielle’s of Sauchiehall St in Glasgow and… Continue reading

Cleaning in puddles – a modified approach for a fragile textile

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By Erinn Dunlea, first year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. Conservators must tailor each conservation treatment to the needs of the object in their care. This can be informed by the object’s nature, condition, and the context and objectives of the treatment. This past semester I undertook the conservation of a length of fabric which belongs… Continue reading

Arsenic and old…..hats?

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by Callie Jerman, second year student, MPhil Textile Conservation It’s strange sometimes how themes can re-occur throughout a project or course.  For the current second-year students one theme of the semester was ‘pesticides’.  Historic pesticide use in museums is a huge problem, as a wide variety of toxins were applied to objects, starting in the… Continue reading

A stitch in time – conserving an Arts & Crafts embroidery

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by Caterina Celada Prior. MPhil Textile Conservation, student graduate 2020. In January 2020, I started working on the conservation of what would be my final project of the programme. This was a beautifully embroidered panel in the Arts & Crafts style attributed in design and execution (c. 1880-1905) to Maggie Hamilton. This painter and embroiderer… 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

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

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

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

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