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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

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