The conference marked the official launching of Andover Figures, the costume-mounting system developed by MTS Director Camille Myers Breeze and KHG Arts Principal Katrina Herron Gendreau. Our good friend John Dunphy, Vice President of University Products, provided a space at his booth for us to display four manikins, and fielded questions when we weren't there from potential customers. In 2016, University Products will be selling Andover Figures, allowing us to reach a nation-wide market.
Camille's next matter of business was the annual breakfast of the NEMA Independent Museum Professionals group. She and her two co-chairs updated attendees on the group's 2015 projects and enjoyed a tips session from long-time business colleague Marilyn Hoffman of Museum Search and Reference. Camille was delighted to find two new people to join her on the IMP committee for the remainder of her tenure.
Kate and Camille made a selection of reference materials available for conference attendees through the NEMA web site, including a PDF of their Powerpoint presentation and the Resource Guide and Product Sheet from the Andover Figures booklet, which is free with all manikin purchases.
Camille's final responsibility of the 2015 NEMA Conference was a presentation called Speaking Textile Conservation. After colleagues David Dempsey and David Colglazier gave illustrations of condition description terms relating to paintings and objects, Camille showed slides of every term included on the MTS Handout, Textile Conditioning Terms. Her slide show and a series of related handouts are also available through the NEMA Website.
We couldn't leave Portland without a meal at Duck Fat, where we enjoyed poutine, roasted Brussels sprouts, smoked meats, seasonal soup, and beer and cider. One of the best things about Portland is that we were all soon home in time to recuperate over the weekend.