Camille Breeze to Offer Hands-On Workshop on the Conservation of Museum Textiles Using Nylon Net at the New England Museum Association Conference
_Camille Breeze will present a hands-on workshop on textile conservation at the 93rd Annual New England Museum Association Conference November 16-18, 2011, in Hartford, Connecticut.
Andover, Mass. – Camille Breeze, Director and Chief Conservator at Museum Textile Services, will be leading a hands-on textile conservation workshop at the 93rd Annual New England Museum Association Conference. The conference will be held at the Hilton Hartford Hotel in Hartford, Connecticut, November 16-18, 2011.
_On Thursday, November 17, Camille will lead a hands-on workshop to teach museum staff how to safely stabilize fabrics in their collections. Textiles deteriorate over time, and conservators often use nylon net to stabilize fabrics and provide preventative conservation.
"Textiles are among the most common museum artifacts and their fragility can be an obstacle to safe handling and display," said Camille. "Stabilization with nylon net is appropriate for museum staff and volunteers to learn, assuming they have a knowledge of hand-stitching. Taking care of this procedure in-house can save a museum thousands of dollars, which allows them to use their conservation budgets more constructively."
Participants in the workshop will learn to evaluate a variety of textiles to determine which are suitable for nylon net stabilization and which should be turned over to a professional conservator. Participants will then practice stabilizing textiles with nylon netting, gaining invaluable hands-on experience that can be used on the objects within their own collections.
The 93rd Annual New England Museum Association Conference will begin with PechaKucha on the evening of November 15th. The conference will run from November 16-18, 2011 and will examine how museums throughout New England reflect the diversity of our communities. For more information, please visit the New England Museum Association’s website at www.nemanet.org.
Camille Breeze to Speak about the Ancient Peruvian Textiles Workshop at the Northeast Conference on Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory
The 30th Annual Northeast Conference on Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory will take place October 15-16, 2011 at the R.S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology in Andover.
Andover, Mass. – Camille Breeze, Director and Chief Conservator at Museum Textile Services, will be speaking at the 30th Annual Northeast Conference on Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory. The conference will be held at the R.S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology in Andover, Massachusetts, October 14-16, 2011.
On Saturday, October 15, Camille will share her experiences as Director of the Ancient Peruvian Textiles Workshop. Camille established the Ancient Peruvian Textiles Workshop in collaboration with Rommel Angles Falcon, Director of the Municipal Museum of Huaca Malena, in 2004. The need for the project was first documented by Rommel. In 2008, Camille published a paper documenting the project’s development and success.
Huaca Malena is a pre-Inca ceremonial complex. During the period of regional development, 400–500 A.D., it functioned as an administrative and religious center. Between 700 and 1100 A.D. the upper platform was used by the Wari culture as a cemetery.
To the ancient Peruvians, textiles played a fundamental role in the dispersion of political and religious ideology. They were used to clothe the body, both in life and in death, as well as for social functions such as paying taxes. Every hand-weaving technique invented anywhere in the world was also known to the ancient Peruvians, which illustrates their ingenuity and resourcefulness.
It is this unique textile legacy that has brought North Americans to the Municipal Museum of Huaca Malena to collaborate with Peruvians in the conservation of artifacts from the collection. Over the course of five years more than forty textiles, mummy bundles, and mummified heads were conserved by forty-four participants in this collaborative effort.
The 30th Annual Northeast Conference on Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory will begin with an informal gathering on the evening of Oct 14, will continue on the 15th with plenary session talks, a reception, dinner, and a keynote talk by Richard Burger (Yale University) on Hiram Bingham and Machu Picchu, and will conclude with a half day of plenary session talks on the 16th. For more information, or to register for the conference, please visit the conference website.
About Museum Textile Services
Museum Textile Services, the premier textile conservation studio in New England, specializes in the preservation of fabric-based materials for cultural institutions and individuals. Museum Textile Services documents, cleans, stabilizes and mounts historic textiles. Through educational programs and outreach initiatives, Museum Textile Services teaches individuals and cultural heritage institutions how to ensure better preservation of their textiles. For more information, visit www.museumtextiles.com.
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