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From Textiles to Lacquer

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Dr Jing Han, Professional Fellow, Getty Conservation Institute (GCI). After completing my doctorate at the CTCTAH last year, specialising in the identification of textile dyestuffs, a couple of months ago I came to the GCI and began to do research on lacquer. The chemical characterisation of lacquer, especially Asian lacquer, is very challenging as it is hardly… Continue reading

European Researchers Night (Part 1): ‘Crinolines, Coal Tar and the Colourists’

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By Dr Anita Quye, Senior Lecturer in Conservation Science. Background info:  European Researchers’ Night is an annual event funded by the European Commission that takes place in over 250 cities across Europe. #explorathon16 @ernScot. Explorathon 2016 was part of European Researchers Night where the contribution that research makes to all our lives was celebrated across… Continue reading

David Smith Unpacked: a dye manual collaboration with the Royal School of Needlework’

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By Dr Anita Quye, Senior Lecturer, Conservation Science. Studying one historical dyeing manual with beautiful textile swatches is exciting enough. Comparing multiple copies of the same book for colour similarities and differences is a rare treat. Thanks to funding secured from the Worshipful Company of Dyers by Dr Susan Kay-Williams, textile historian and chief executive… Continue reading

中国古代染色拼图, The Jigsaw Puzzles of Dyeing in Ancient China

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by Dr Jing Han, Research Associate. 韩婧,助理研究员 374 Pages, 85619 words, 1245 days: when the final copy of my PhD thesis was printed, bound and lying quietly in front of me, I breathed a deep sigh of relief, and felt a great sense of accomplishment. From the archival research on historical Chinese dye recipes to… Continue reading

Filtered Light on Light-Sensitive Dyes: A Pilot Project

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  By Dr Anita Quye, Lecturer in Conservation Science, Centre for Textile Conservation. Exposing textiles coloured with light-sensitive natural and synthetic dyes to light is risky. Even under controlled museum conditions with ultraviolet and short wavelength visible light removed, these dyes can fade. Why? Because visible light still has enough energy to change the molecular structures… Continue reading

Jing Han receives a prestigious China Scholarship Council award

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Many congratulations to Jing Han who has been selected by the China Scholarship Council for their prestigious annual National Excellent Self-Funded Students Scholarship. The scholarship is in recognition of Jing’s academic excellence for her PhD research of traditional Chinese textile dyes at the CTC supervised by Dr Anita Quye and Prof Nick Pearce, for which… Continue reading