|Course:||6 Month Internship in Textile
|Date Offered:||Fall 1996|
|Location:||Biltmore House (Asheville NC)|
|Instructor:||Patricia Ewer, Textile Conservator (and
- I. Prerequisites/ General Information
- A. Overview of laboratory work/expectations of division
- Tour of Biltmore House, with tape and book (must read)
- BTS tour
- B. Time factors and obligations
- Work day 8:30am to 4:30pm (may be adjusted to need)
- 1 Hour lunch break
- Coffee break is as needed, try not to take an hour lunch if
- you've had a coffee break.
- C. Personal goals - in writing
- II. Tapestry Conservation (majority of time)
- A. Documentation - training
- 1. Written, pre and post treatment reports
- 2. Photographic
- B. Techniques, tools.
- 1. Stitching sampler
- 2. Practice tapestry Specific consolidation stitching
- a. slits
- b. reweaving--wool
- c. reweaving--silk
- d. interlocking, choices variations
- C. Observation of conservators working on tapestries
- III. Exposure to Curatorial Responsibilities
- A. Collection management/maintenance
- B. Cataloguing
- C. Storage
- IV. Textile Conservation
- A. Biltmore House Collections
- 1. Display needs - i.e. vacuuming tapestries
- 2. Wet cleaning
- V. Education
- A. Personal journal
- B. Reading list of Articles:
- 1. Nobuko Kajitani, "Care of Fabrics in the Museum"
- 2. AIC Code of
- 3. Conservation Materials' "The Chemical Theory of
- 4. Mr. William A.V. Cecil's "The Business of Preservation"
- 5. Richard D. Buck, "What is Condition in a Work of Art?"
- 6. Arthur W. Schultz, "We Can Do More Than We Think We Can"
- 7. Nancy Davis, "Handle With Care"
- 8. Judith S. Kline, "Care and Storage of Textile Heirlooms"
- 9. Genevieve Souchal, "The Triumph of the Seven Virtues"
- 10. Guy Delmarcel, "The Triumph of the Seven Virtues and Related
Brussels Tapestries of the Early Renaissance"
- 11. Ella S. Siple, "A Flemish Set of Venus and Vulcan
- D. Bibliographies:
- 1. To be collected:
- a. general conservation
- b. textile conservation
- c. collections care
- d. tapestry history
TEXTILE CONSERVATION PROJECT
- I. Basic Art Skills
- A. color knowledge
- B. materials knowledge and use: charcoal, paint, clay
- C. mat cutting and framing knowledge
- D. photography knowledge
- E. basic sewing skills
- F. 2-D, 3-D knowledge
- II. Education
- A. Art History, History
- B. Fine Arts
- C. Museology
- D. Textile Science
- III. Conservation
- A. storage principles, environmental considerations
- B. exhibition principles and considerations
- C. mounting considerations
- D. documentation procedures
- E. familiarity with literature in the field
- IV. Textile Conservation Specifics
- A. knowledge of textile and costume history
- B. knowledge of textile structures
- C. knowledge of costume silhouettes
- D. sewing, weaving, dyeing skills
- E. pattern making skills (costumes)
- F. textile science
- G. care and handling of historic and artistic textiles and
- H. knowledge of equipment related to textile conservation (i.e.
sewing machine, microscope)
- I. experience with conservation techniques used on a variety of
- J. membership in any of the professional conservation
- K. possession of one's own hand tools
- L. active interest in improving one's knowledge of textile
- M. conservation portfolio or journal
- N. public speaking experience