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Conference on textile conservation

From: Claudia Iannuccilli <ciannuccilli>
Date: Friday, May 23, 2003
The North American Textile Conservation Conference announces the
program for its fourth biennial conference, "Tales in the Textile:
The Conservation of Flags and Other Symbolic Textiles," co-sponsored
by the New York State Museum and the New York State Office of Parks,
Recreation and Historic Preservation. The three-day program
(November 6-8) includes 23 papers, 9 posters, 2 receptions, a tour
and discussion sessions.

Paper presentations will take place at the New York State Museum in
Albany, New York. The conference hotel is located a few blocks from
the Museum. Full Conference Cost, Early Bird (Sept. 1, 2003) $275.00
Additional tours are offered on the day before and the day after the
conference (separate registration fee).

A separate session of 3 workshops will precede the conference, on
Wednesday, November 5. Workshops will take place at the Peebles
Island Resource Center Conservation Labs in nearby Waterford, New

A full list of conference papers and posters and further information
about the workshops follows. Note that the program is subject to

Thursday November 6, 2003
Papers on the Conservation of Symbolic Textiles from Cultures Around
the World
Keynote Speaker: Dr Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, "Finding the Text in

    Dorothy Sites Alig
    "Vibrant Dancers: Egungun Costumes from Southwestern Nigeria"

    Sarah Clayton
    "Clear as Mud? How Cultural Significance Determines Preservation

    Dinah Eastop and Charlotte Dew
    "Secret Agents: Deliberately Concealed Garments as Symbolic

    Lizou Fenyvesi
    "Preservation of Stripes, Stars and Swastikas"

    T. Rose Holdcraft
    "Preferences for the Long and Narrow:  Documenting and
    Preserving Native North American and European Woven and
    Constructed Materials"

    Ann Shaftel
    "Religious Symbolic Textiles in Himalayan Monasteries: Prayer
    Flags, Banners and Thangkas"

    Virginia J. Whelan
    "Amos Bad Heart Bull's Painted Textile: A Document of Cultures
    and Conflicts"

Friday November 7 and Saturday November 8 (morning)
Papers on the Conservation of Flags and Banners

    Mary Westerman Bulgarella and Susanna Conti
    "Savonarola's Painted Banner"

    Fanny Espinoza
    "Different Restoration Treatments on Nineteenth-Century Silk
    Banners and Flags"

    Fenella G France and Suzanne Thomassen-Krauss
    "What if You Can't Afford to Make a Mistake: Developing an
    Experimental Protocol for the Treatment of the Star-Spangled

    Ann French and Nicola Gentle
    "'Go Thou and Do Likewise'?--The Conservation of the Ebrington
    Friendly Society Banner"

    Irene Karsten
    "The Effectiveness of Adhesive Support Treatments for Flags and
    Banners: Condition of Treated Artifacts Surveyed in Canada and
    the UK"

    Frances Lennard and Vivian Lochhead
    "United We Stand!  The Conservation of Trade Union Banners"

    Harold F. Mailand
    "Looking at our History, Listening to our Client"

    Lynn McClean and Elizabeth-Anne Haldane
    "Avendale for Reformation: Conservation of a Seventeenth-Century
    Covenanting Banner"

    Nancy Pollak
    "Moving Pictures: Adapting Painting Conservation Techniques to
    the Treatment of Painted Textiles"

    Barbara L. Rowe
    "What So Proudly We Hailed: Conserving Historic Flags"

    Gwen Spicer, Laureen LaBar, Susan Adler, Marion Scharoun, and
    Dona Smith
    "Saving Maine's Colors: Strategies in Flag Conservation and
    Exhibition at the Maine State Museum"

    Sarah C. Stevens
    "Do You Know Where You Are? Silk Flank Markers from the Civil

    Beth Szuhay and Joanne Hackett
    "Facing the Future:  The Use of Cyclododecane and Re-Moistenable
    Tissue Paper in the Conservation of a Painted Silk Flag"

    Fonda Ghiardi Thomsen
    "MFHA Texas Flags: 1836-1945, Flags as Fine Art?"

    Deborah Lee Trupin
    "Flag Conservation Then and Now"

    Marilyn Zoidis
    "American Patriotism in Material Culture"

Saturday November 8 (afternoon)
Tour and Discussion Groups

Saturday afternoon's activities will take place at Peebles Island,
Waterford, NY.  Tour the Peebles Island Resource Center Conservation
Labs and the New York State Battle Flag Preservation Project.
Presentations and discussions will include information from the
November 5 workshops on Cleaning Systems, Pressure Mounts and
Painted Textiles (see below).

Thursday November 6 - Saturday November 8 (morning)

    Mary Betlejeski and Gwen Spicer
    "The Treatment of a Campaign Banner: An Option to Consolidating
    Powdery Paint"

    Cathy Challenor
    "The Conservation of the Richmond Coulours"

    Pia Christensson
    "A Banner from the Movement of Scandinavianism"

    Ileana Cretu
    "Identification through Symbols"

    Tamara Frost
    "A Comparative Study of the Ethics and Techniques of Conserving
    Two Pairs of Nineteenth Century Colours from Guernsey"

    Elizabeth Griffin
    "A 17th Century Flocked Textile"

    Teresa Cristina Toledo de Paula and Luciana da Silveira
    "When a Green Banner Seasoned: The Medical Science School

    Cordelia Rogerson
    "King in All But Name? The Conservation of a Majesty Scutcheon
    Looted from Oliver Cromwell's State Funeral"

    Lorena Roman, Claudia de la Fuente, Abner Gutierrez, Fernando
    Sanchez Nicolas Gutierrez
    "The Flag of the Active Squadron of Veracruz. A Consideration of
    the Criteria for Restoring/ Conserving Flags"

    Joelle D. J. Wickens and Dr. Maria Hayward
    "Contract for Eternity: Preserving a Hearse Cloth Made in 1505
    for Henry VII"

The following workshops will be held the day before the conference,
on Wednesday, November 5, 2003 from 9am-5pm at Peebles Island,
Waterford, NY. The workshops are partially supported by a grant from
the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation.

Looking at the Paint of Painted Textiles: Understanding Structure,
Evaluating Condition, Approaching Treatment

    Instructor: Nancy R. Pollak
    paintings conservator and principal, Art Care Associates,
    Frederick MD.

    This workshop, presented from the perspective of painting
    conservation, will take an in-depth look at the painted portions
    of textiles to better understand how they are constructed and
    how to evaluate their condition. The typical structure of
    traditional paintings on canvas will be reviewed and compared to
    that of painted textiles. Simple techniques for evaluating the
    materials of painted textile and their condition will be
    covered, as well as cross-section preparation and analysis using
    a standard compound microscope. Participants will experiment
    with commonly used painting conservation materials that are
    useful in treating painted textiles. Finally, the day's lessons
    will be put to the test by discussing actual painted textiles.
    Participants will be encouraged to bring slides from their own
    experiences with painted textiles, addressing both unanswered
    questions and lessons they have learned.

Introduction to Cleaning Systems for Textiles

    Instructor: Richard Wolbers, paintings conservator and Associate
    Art Conservation Department, University of Delaware

    A wide variety of cleaning systems has been introduced into the
    conservation profession in recent years. This workshop will
    include a review of the relevant principles and materials used
    in wet-cleaning. It will include a practical "hands-on" session
    focused specifically on textile cleaning problems. Participants
    will be encouraged to bring their own case histories for problem
    solving and discussion.

Pressure Mounts--History, Variations, and Options

    Instructor: Deborah Bede, textile conservator and principal
    Stillwater Conservation Studio, Bradford, NH

    Participants in this workshop will be selected based on their
    experience with pressure mounts. Each participant will
    contribute to the workshop by presenting a variation on the
    pressure mounting technique or some significant observations on
    the technique. The goal of the workshop is to share this
    information through the presentations and discussions, thus
    giving participants a broader exposure to the possibilities of
    pressure mounts. In addition to the presentation, participants
    will prepare their variations in written form (in a standardized
    format to be supplied) that will be compiled into a publication.
    This publication will make the information shared at the
    workshop available to other conservators.

Registration for the workshops is separate from that for the
conference. Costs for the workshops are: "Painted Textiles" and
"Cleaning Systems for Textiles" $140, or $120 for AIC members;
"Pressure Mounts" $115, or $100 for AIC members. Lunch and
transportation from the conference hotel in Albany, NY are included
in the workshop registration fee. Workshops are limited to 10-12
persons each.

Please note that there will be a lottery to allocate places for the
"Paint" and "Cleaning" workshops and that admission to the "Pressure
Mount" workshop, which is intended for those with experience in the
technique, is by application.  Workshop application forms are in the
conference brochure.

For more information about the NATCC conference, or to receive a PDF
format brochure with all registration forms via email, please
contact ruth.potter [at] oprhp__state__ny__us

    North American Textile Conservation Conference
    c/o New York State Bureau of Historic Sites
    Peebles Island, PO Box 219
    Waterford, NY  12188 USA
    Ruth.Potter [at] oprhp__state__ny__us

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