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Subject: Online course on textile care

Online course on textile care

From: Helen Alten <helen<-a>
Date: Monday, April 14, 2008
MS212: Care of Textiles
Instructor: Ann Coppinger
May 5-30, 2008
Price: $425
Location:  <URL:>

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 and pay for the course at

If you have trouble completing an on-line order, please contact
Helen Alten <helen<-a t->collectioncare< . >org or Eric Swanson at
eric<-a t->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

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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