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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

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

Wet cleaning tapestry: Verdure with the Arms of Miro at the Burrell Collection

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by Megan Creamer, 1st year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. While on break this spring, Staphany Cheng, Aisling Macken, and I had the opportunity to assist with wet cleaning a large 16th century tapestry at the Burrell Collections with textile conservator Helen Hughes. This French/Flemish tapestry, Verdure with the Arms of Miro, spent many years of… Continue reading

A Canadian in Glasgow

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by Aisling Macken, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. One of the most interesting aspects of travelling and living in a new country is experiencing the differences in culture. Being in Scotland, one of the biggest cultural differences to Canada is football culture. After living in Glasgow for a year and a half, I was finally… Continue reading

Textiles from the Glasgow Japan Exchange of 1878: how a cultural exchange led to an academic one.

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By Josephine Dear, MLitt  Dress and Textile Histories student and Lorna Rowley, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. Part 1: Research, Josephine The exchange In November 1878 the Japanese government gave to the City of Glasgow a remarkable collection of over 1,000 contemporary art wares. These ranged from architectural pieces, furniture, wood and lacquer ware,… Continue reading

Keep calm and carry on cleaning!

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By Laura G. García Vedrenne, first year student, MPhil in Textile Conservation. Different types of soiling can be found altogether in historic textiles. When this happens, conservators find it useful to classify or characterize each type of soiling in order to match its removal with a specific cleaning process. To sum it up: the best way… Continue reading

Untangling a network of knots

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by Bevan O’Daly – 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. As I near the end of the two-year course, it’s time put theory into practice. For one of my final projects I was given the challenge to conserve a black netted shawl from the Sande Society of Sierra Leone (A.1985.13.ip). The object belongs to Glasgow… Continue reading

Discovering the history of a blanket: Conserving a Ndebele wedding blanket

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by Aisling Macken, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. As part of the MPhil programme at the Centre for Textile Conservation we undertake a work placement at a museum in the summer between our first and second years and it is always thrilling when objects we have conserved during our placements go on display. During my… Continue reading