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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

A collaborative project with GSA Archives and Collections: The final mount down!

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The final stage of the project to conserve a collection of t-shirts and sweatshirts from Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections focused on the best way to store the collections for the long term. This was something of a conundrum: as structurally sound, reasonably contemporary items a range of options had potential, but at… Continue reading

Upholstery and tapestry, part 1: Oh my!

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by Kayla Silvia, 2nd Year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. Introduction In the final semester of the second year at the Centre for Textile Conservation (CTC), students have the opportunity to focus on a complex conservation treatment.  My artifact is a tapestry covered stool from Knole, a National Trust property in Kent.  Knole is still inhabited… Continue reading

A collaborative project with GSA Archives and Collections : Wet cleaning

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by Nicole Giacomantonio, first year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. Since beginning on the MPhil Textile Conservation course, I have been asked many questions about what I have learned, but none more than “How can I get wine stains out of my couch?” Truthfully, after six months on the course I thought I would have a… Continue reading

A collaborative project with GSA Archives and Collections : Introduction

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by Anaka Asokan and Echo Godfrey. The Centre for Textile Conservation has always fostered collaboration and has worked with many museums and institutions to provide students with opportunities and experiences of working with ‘real’ objects and conservation scenarios. This semester the students at the CTC are working on a collaborative project with the Glasgow School… Continue reading

Taking inspiration from armadillos: articulated forms as a way of creating rigidity with movement

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By Becky Doonan, 2nd year student. During the second semester of the final year, students are each given an object to treat and analyse fully, as a final practical project. My project was a 1950’s Dior dress from Manchester Art Gallery (MCAG) and the cost of conservation was met by a MCAG grant from Collecting Cultures (HLF).… 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

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