Advanced Textile Conservation (Level 3)
Essential skills for textile conservation are explored in this interactive, advanced class. Common hand stitches and sewing materials suitable to a variety of historic textiles will familiarize participants with appropriate levels of intervention for given situations. Each student will be allowed access to study collection artifacts for immersive practice of stitched repairs, sheer overlays, and patching. In addition to stabilization, a range of display preparations will be undertaken, including passive, pinned, stitched, Velcro, and magnetic hanging systems.
Participants will take away everyday problem-solving skills, proficiency in a range of treatment options, and awareness of optimal materials. Basic sewing ability is preferred but not required.
About the Instructor
Camille Myers Breeze began her conservation career in 1989 at the Textile Conservation Workshop in South Salem, New York. After earning a BA in Art History from Oberlin College. Camille received an MA in Museum Studies: Costume and Textiles Conservation from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She spent five years in the Textile Conservation Laboratory at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City before moving to the Textile Conservation Center at the American Textile History Museum, in Lowell, Massachusetts. Camille founded Museum Textile Services in 1999 as a full-service textile conservation studio serving museums, historical societies, and private collectors. In 2015 she co-founded the Andover Figures® line of custom museum forms for conservators and collections specialists.