Camille Myers Breeze returns to the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies on September 22-24 to teach Textile Stabilization Using Sheer Overlays. Camille has been an instructor for the Campbell Center since 2012.
For more information about this workshop, please contact Camille Myers Breeze. Read about the other educational opportunities with Museum Textile Services in the Outreach section of our web page.
By Camille Myers Breeze
Museum Textile Services and the Buttonwoods Museum will host a Sampler Study Day at the 240 Water St, Haverhill, MA, on Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 10-12. To reserve a space please call the Buttonwoods Museum at 978-374-4626 or email email@example.com. Drop-ins are welcome and will be accommodated as time permits on a first come, first served basis.
This event is for individuals who own antique needlework samplers and pictorial embroideries and would like to learn more about the condition, significance, and proper care of these textiles. Members of the public are invited to bring their samplers to the Buttonwoods Museum on Sampler Study Day for a professional evaluation. The fee to participate in this program is $30 per sampler.
Camille Breeze will evaluate the condition of each sampler brought to the event and provide participants with a one-page conservation worksheet with a cost estimate for conservation. She will also discuss potential conservation issues and make recommendations for the appropriate mounting and framing of these heirlooms. Buttonwoods Museum staff will share information related to the age, decorative motifs, and overall style of each sampler. They will also provide resources for researching the history of a sampler's maker.
Museum Textile Services staff will be help participants complete a short survey to include their samplers in a searchable online database administered by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. The goal of the NSCDA Sampler Survey is to inventory all extant samplers and pictorial embroideries in museums and private collections to promote the preservation and study of this important art form.
If your historical society or museum is interested in hosting a Sampler Study Day, please contact Camille Myers Breeze at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-474-9200.
By Camille Myers Breeze
Summer 2013 promises to be one of our busiest ever at Museum Textile Services. Our upcoming projects include WWII flags, replica bed hangings, and 19th-century costume. To prepare, we've already started interviewing for volunteer internships that will begin as early as May 1.
MTS internships provide a sound introduction to textile conservation treatments, philosophy, and literature while having the opportunity to work hands-on with historic artifacts. Hand-sewing experience, excellent eyesight, and great team skills are essential. All volunteers must commit to a minimum of one full day per week for a minimum of 120 hours. Our current staff members Cara and Courtney both began as MTS volunteer interns!
So you think you have what it takes to work in textile conservation? If so, please take a moment to read through the internship information in the education section of our web site. The Becoming a Conservator page will also give you an idea what careers in conservation entail and who benefits from conservation training to round out their skills.
To apply for an internship, please send a resume and brief letter of introduction to email@example.com. We look forward to a great summer!