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Subject: Course on textile care

Course on textile care

From: Helen Alten <helen>
Date: Thursday, October 11, 2007
MS212: Care of Textiles
Instructor: Ann Coppinger
Dates: November 5-30, 2007
Price: $425
Location:  <URL:>

Description: Caring for textiles demands an understanding of how and
why textiles deteriorate. This course offers a simplified
explanation of the origin and structure of textile fibers as well as
the finished textile object; be it either a piece of whole cloth or
a finished garment. Care of Textiles teaches students to identify
fibers, fabric structures and finishes, write condition reports, and
understand the agents of deterioration that are harmful to various
fabrics both in storage on exhibit. Topics include preparing
textiles for storage and exhibit, the use of archival materials with
textiles, and three dimensional supports.

Course Outline

    Textiles and Their Structures
    Textile Documentation and Condition Report Writing
    Textiles and Their Environment
    Handling of Textiles
    Treating Textiles
    Care of Textiles in Storage
    Care of Textiles on Exhibit

Logistics: Participants in Care of Textiles work at their own pace
through sections and interact through online chats. Instructor Ann
Coppinger is available at scheduled times for email support. Care of
Textiles includes online literature, slide lectures and
student-teacher/group-teacher dialog. The course is limited to 20

Care of Textiles runs four weeks. Sign up at
<URL:> and pay for the course at
<URL:>. If you have
trouble completing an on-line order, please contact Helen Alten at
helen [at] collectioncare__org or Eric Swanson at eric [at] collectioncare__org

Text Books: Preserving Textiles: A Guide for the Nonspecialist by
Harold Mailand and Dorothy Stites Alig. Available for purchase from
Northern States Conservation Center at

Optional, but not required:  Conservation Concerns, a Guide for
Collectors and Curators by Konstanze Bachmann (out of print)

The Instructor: Ann Coppinger runs the conservation department and
teaches conservation at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New
York. She has a master's in museum studies specializing in costume
and textile conservation from FIT. She is a former NEA master
apprentice at the Textile Conservation Workshop. Ms. Coppinger
previously worked for 22 years in fashion in New York City. She has
degrees in both fashion design and pattern making from FIT.

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