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Irene Emery, deconstructing and defining tradition: dance pioneer, sculptor, textile authority

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by Sebastian B Pin, 2nd year MPhil Textile Conservation student. On 14th  of April 1929, a Sunday evening, Martha Graham took to the stage of the Booth Theatre, New York, to present a pioneering new programme of dance which marked the debut performance of her newly formed company: Martha Graham and Group. The programme of… Continue reading

Treasures unearthed: the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History moves to Kelvin Hall

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By Nicole Giacomantonio, Textile Conservator. The Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History has officially moved house! After 10 years in the Robertson building, the Centre has relocated temporarily to the Hunterian Collections Study Centre, awaiting the development of a more permanent lodgings, also in Kelvin Hall, scheduled for completion later in the year.… Continue reading

Karen Finch centenary

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Ahead of Karen’s centenary on 8th May 2021, please visit the blog on the Karen Finch website. Here you can find out what is planned for the centenary year and where to send your recollections and reminiscences for inclusion in the upcoming Centenary section of the site.

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

Breaking down: sustainable textiles and practices

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By Katica Laza, 1st year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. Over the past decade we have become more aware of the impact the fashion and garment making industry has on the world. Reports have emerged not only of the humanitarian issues, such as the collapse of the Rana Plaza in 2013 which highlighted the inequality and… Continue reading

Make, do and mend: A conservation in quarantine adventure

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By Beth Gillions and Anna F Robinson Setting the scene March 2020: lockdown of the UK in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic has been declared and we, two first year textile conservation students, make a journey to the northwest of England to weather the uncertainty of lockdown with Beth’s family. The decision to leave… Continue reading