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Subject: Course on fiber identification

Course on fiber identification

From: Mireia Xarrie <info>
Date: Thursday, June 17, 2004
Fibre identification workshop: Natural and synthetic
November 18-20, 2004

The basic fibre identification workshop is for 3 days and is a
combination of theory and practical that treats the most important
natural and synthetic fibres such as cotton, linen, jute, hemp,
silk, hair/wool, viscose, acetate, polyester, nylon and acrylic.

Investigation methods presented include the use of the human senses
as well as the microscope and stain tests, all of which can be
easily and safely carried out in a conservation lab/studio. No tests
are included which require dangerous chemicals. Participants are
encouraged to bring their own specimens for identification.Practical
sessions include the following:use of the senses (sight, touch,
feel, smell), especially with burn tests making slide preparations
for examination under the microscope making cross sections for
examination under the microscope carrying out stain tests with the
microscope making permanent mounts for a reference collection
examination of known and unknown fibres, supplied by the teacher and
the participants.

Theory sessions include the following: importance of using a
systematic approach (scientific method) classification of textile
fibres physical characteristics and appearance of plant, animal and
synthetic fibres relation between the original function and physical
characteristics/appearance of fibres physical characteristics of
degraded fibres. The participants take home the following:a reader
that comprises explanations of all the examination techniques, other
examination methods, required materials, articles for further
reading, appendices, SEM and microscopic photographs of fibres and
their methods of production.

A sample book of the most important fibres in woven form the
beginning of their own reference collection of prepared samples.

Teacher: J. Barnett, Textile conservation consultant: textile
research and analysis; materials, techniques, style, condition,
advice, Until 2002: Head tutor in textile conservation, part time,
Instituut Collectie Nederland, Amsterdam.

    Participants sponsored by an institution: 400 Euros.
    The rest of the participants: 350 Euros

Language: English with a Spanish translation. It is an international

Enrollment: Please complete our enrolment form and mail, e-mail  or
Fax: to

    c.escoles pies 76
    pral 1
    Barcelona 08017
    +34 93 4171347
    Fax: +34 93 2123715
    info [at] balaam__art__com

                  Conservation DistList Instance 18:2
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Received on Thursday, 17 June, 2004

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