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Online course on textile care

From: Helen Alten <helen<-at->
Date: Friday, April 24, 2009
Offered for the first time this year, Care of Textiles online course
starts on May 4, 2009:

MS 212: Care of Textiles
May 4-May 29, 2009
Price: $425
Instructor: Ann Coppinger
Location: <URL:>

Description: Caring for textiles demands an understanding of how and
why they 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

Text Book:

    Preserving Textiles: A Guide for the Nonspecialist by Harold
    Mailand and Dorothy Stites Alig.

    Basic Condition Reporting: A Handbook by Southeast Registrar's

Both are available for purchase from Northern States Conservation
Center at <URL:>

Optional Text Book (if you can find it):

    Conservation Concerns, a Guide for Collectors and Curators by
    Konstanze Bachmann (out of print)

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. To reserve a spot in the course,
please pay at <URL:> If
you have trouble please contact Helen Alten

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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