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A love letter to ‘dyer’s beige’

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by Beth Gillions, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation My first encounter with dyeing came at a young age when my family started participating in historical re-enactments at a beautiful Tudor Manor House in Suffolk. Nestled in the grounds of Kentwell Hall’s barn sward sits the woolshed where first I learned to turn sheep’s fleece to yarn, and the ‘Dyers’ where I first… 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

Integrated Pest Management: putting principles into practice at Newhailes House

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By Danica Auld, 1st year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. A visit to the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) property, Newhailes House, was a great opportunity to integrate our learning from the Preventive Conservation course with professional practice. We experienced a day-long excursion of taught and practical sessions, addressing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for typical pests… 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

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

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

Lugs and Lobsters: a tale of relocation

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By Becky Doonan, 2nd Year Student, MPhil Textile Conservation Last month, the 2nd year MPhil Textile Conservation students at the Centre for Textile Conservation (CTC) had the opportunity to work with The Hunterian, Glasgow. Founded in 1807 on a bequest from Dr William Hunter, The Hunterian is home to one of the finest university collections in… Continue reading

Understanding Textiles: from fibre to fabric

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By Daisy Graham, first year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. One of the courses that we take in the first semester is called Understanding Textiles. From spinning to sprang, it provides insight into the many different and varied processes involved in creating textiles.  We look at processing and spinning raw fibres, woven and unwoven structures, surface… Continue reading

From Stretch to Snap

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by Megan Mary Creamer, first year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. One of the most exciting ways to learn about the strength and stretch of textiles is to do mechanical (tensile) testing.. Recently at the CTC, Dr Margaret Smith, taught a theoretical and practical class to first year students on tensile testing of fabric and fibre samples.… Continue reading