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Workshop on porcupine quill embroidery

From: Patricia Brozio <brozio<-a>
Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
"Quill Workshop 2014: Manufacturing techniques and conservation of
    porcupine quill embroidery"
Ethnological Museum Berlin, small lecture hall
10-11 October 2014

The Association of conservator-restorers, Germany, proudly announces
a workshop to be held in Berlin/Germany. The two-day workshop with
the speaker Nancy Fonicello gives an insight into the techniques of
porcupine quill decorations of Native Americans.  The workshop 's
focus lies on the study of manufacturing details and the reworking
of the techniques with the original materials as well as considering
the main conservation issues and questions.  It will take place
10-11 October 2014 at the Ethnological Museum Berlin.

Long before glass beads from Europe were exported to America, a
large number of natural materials were used for the production of
traditional commodities.  Particularly in North America up to the
Arctic porcupine quills from the North American porcupine (Erethizon
dorsatum) were processed among other things to elaborate ornaments.
Different techniques can be found on clothing, bags, belts or shoes,
such as simple wrappings of flattened and dyed quills or embroidery
on leather or birch bark.

The focus of the workshop lies on the reworking of the basic
quillwork embroidery techniques with dyed porcupine quills and brain
tanned leather that many conservators are likely to encounter in
working with Native American collections.  To develop a deeper
understanding of the typical decorations of Native American
artifacts, the techniques of porcupine quill embroideries are
reconstructed on the basis of original objects from the collection
of the Ethnological Museum Berlin.  Degradation symptoms and damage
causes will be considered in more detail and approaches to
conservation treatments will be discussed with the participants.

A guided tour through the permanent exhibition "Die Indianer
Nordamerikas" (North American Indians) offers a last chance to visit
the highlights of the collection before the museum closes early 2015
until the planned reopening at the Humboldt-Forum in Berlin-Mitte in

In addition, the visit of the storage areas of the Department of the
American Ethnology completes the workshop and enables the exchange
on issues of preventive conservation among the participants.

Nancy Fonicello works as a freelance conservator in Montana (USA),
is a specialist in the field of quillwork and conducted most
recently in late 2013 a seminar on manufacturing techniques of
quillwork decorations for Native Americans at the Anchorage Museum
at Rasmuson Center (Alaska, USA).

Workshop language: English

Participation and Registration: The number of participants is
limited to 10 people.  For the realization of the workshop an early
registration is urgently needed.  Participants will receive a
certificate of participation from the VDR.

Registration deadline: Friday 30 May 2014. Register now


Registration Fees:

    315, 00 Euro    VDR members
    390, 00 Euro    non-members
    270, 00 Euro    students/interns (VDR member)
    290, 00 Euro    students/interns (non-members)

Contact: vdr_quillworkshop2014<-a t->mail< . >de

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