Valerie Carson (1936–2020)

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It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that Valerie Carson, New Zealand’s pioneering textile conservator, died on 21 January. Please have a look at this lovely tribute to her remarkable life and work by Rachel Collinge and Rangi Te Kananwa. https://mailchi.mp/tepapa.govt.nz/blog_valerie-carson?e=6e0869543e

It’s an Ethiopian rug!

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by Marina Herriges, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation During the second year of the programme, students are given more complex objects to be treated. In my case, I received an exciting surprise – an Ethiopian rug! This was a very pleasant challenge for me, as I am quite keen on flat textiles, especially tapestries,… Continue reading

It’s good to get out: A visit to Perth Museum and Art Gallery

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It is often easy to think you need to keep your head down: ‘to do’ lists don’t get any shorter on an away day, and unlike the story of the Tailor of Gloucester, work rarely gets completed by mice while your not looking! But our visit to Perth Museum and Art Gallery last week was… Continue reading

Workshop on the Conservation of Japanese Textiles 2019

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by Staphany Cheng, graduate MPhil Textile Conservation 2018, currently Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Textiles, Conservation Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Some time ago,  I had the opportunity to attend the Workshops on the Conservation of Japanese Textiles, conducted by Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties (TNRICP) and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU)… Continue reading

A Collaborative Project: Identifying Viscose Rayon

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by Charlotte Cameron, graduated MPhil Textile Conservation 2018, now undertaking an Internship in Textile Conservation at The Bowes Museum Prior to studying on the MPhil Textile Conservation course at the University of Glasgow I had the opportunity to work with the John Bright Historic Collection Revealedas a costume mounter. The collection consists of several thousand… Continue reading

4th International Student Conference of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, in Krakow

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by Marina Herriges, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. Meeting and exchanging knowledge with masters and PhD students from different countries at a conference during three days in Poland. That was my initial thought when I registered myself for the 4th International Student Conference of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, in Krakow on 4-6 November 2019. Textiles were presented from the… Continue reading

The Life Changing Magic of Standardization

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by Anna Robinson, first year student MPhil Textile Conservation. In the last week of October, the first-year students paid a visit to the Whitworth Art Gallery at University of Manchester. At the Gallery, we were treated to a whirlwind tour, including both public and behind-the-scenes spaces by the museum’s textile conservator, Ann French. The tour… Continue reading

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

North American Textile Conservation Conference (NATCC)

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by Professor Frances Lennard. Textile conservation is an international community and a small enough world that we often have good colleagues and friends in many countries. I’ve recently returned from the 12th biennial conference of the North American Textile Conservation Conference (NATCC), one of the best venues for exchanging information in our field, where it… 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