An international group of textile conservators presented two-days of papers divided into categories of mobile textiles: Portable Shelters; Movement from Within; Movement from Outside Forces; Removing the Soiling; Protecting Objects in Transit; Technology for Movement in Display and Storage; Conservation of Moving Objects; and Moving Collections. One of our favorite talks included Gail Niinimaa's "Moving the Mud Out," about cleaning up after the 2013 floods in Alberta, Canada. Gail's bravery in cleaning scores of
Lectures begin with an opening presentation by Denyse Montegut, Chair of the Fashion and Textile Studies master’s degree program at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where Thursday and Friday's sessions were held. Denyse spoke about some of the key figures in the emergence of textile conservation as an academic practice. Later, attendees who were trained under this elite group of pioneers were invited to the stage for a group photograph, including MTS's Founder and Director Camille Myers Breeze, who worked under the late R. Bruce Hutchison.
damaged objects that would otherwise have been lost proved how resilient clothing and textiles can be. Elizabeth-Anne Haldane of the Victoria & Albert Museum presented "Moving Maharajas: The Display and Transportation of Indian Costume and Textiles." The V&A's policy of moving objects while mounted whenever possible was once again proven successful, and her slides were a feast for the eyes. The final presentation was by Glenn Peterson of the Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Beyond Dummies: Enlivening the costume exhibition Charles James: Beyond Fashion with animated content" was technically and aesthetically dazzling.
We ended our trip on Saturday morning with brunch with friends in the West Village, where Camille got to visit the apartment building she lived in while she was a student in the FIT MA program. We all came home with plenty of yarn tea, and early Christmas presents. The 2015 NATCC conference was both forward looking and nostalgic in all the right ways.