Aqueous Cleaning Methods for Textiles (FULL)

Two day workshop

Instructor: Richard Wolbers, Associate Professor – Art Conservation Program, University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum

In the first day, participants will explore the general principles of wet-cleaning.  The second day will cover more advanced topics in aqueous cleaning such as bleaching, enzymes, poultices and "spotting".  Participants will need an understanding of basic chemical principles to gain the maximum benefit from the material presented.

Days: Monday and Tuesday, November 16th AND 17th, 2015

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Meet: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Uris Center entrance

Cost: $400, includes boxed lunch and materials


Fiber Identification (FULL)

Two day workshop

Instructor: Denyse Montegut, Professor and Chairperson of the graduate program in Fashion and Textile Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

This 2-day workshop will provide participants with a basic understanding of fiber analysis, highlighting the optical properties of light that make using polarized light microscopy critical for identification. Morphology, aging characteristics, refractive index, and corroborating burn and solubility tests will be discussed as they apply to the identification of all fibers, especially those specific techniques suitable for man-made fibers. Participants will learn sample preparation for microscopy, and discuss advanced as well as low-tech methods for identification.

Days: Tuesday and Wednesday, November 17th AND 18th, 2015

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Meet:  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Uris Center entrance

Cost: $400, includes boxed lunch and materials


Making Mannequins with Fosshape® (FULL)

One day workshop

Instructor:  Shelly Uhlir, Exhibits Specialist, Mountmaker - National Museum of the American Indian, Washington D.C.

This workshop will teach a variety of approaches to creating faces, appendages and body forms using Fosshape 300 and 600. Students will have the opportunity to use the 300 weight material to mold hands/ faces/ feet and the 600 weight to mold body shapes.  Students will be encouraged to bring their own specific Fosshape-related mannequin challenges to discuss. Finishing methods (painting, fleece covering) as well as techniques of concealing brass armatures in the hand area will be discussed.

To view mannequins made from Fosshape: http://nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/circleofdance/

Days: Tuesday, November 17th OR Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Time: 10 am – 4:30pm

Meet: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Uris Center entrance

Cost: $250, includes boxed lunch and materials


Basic Pattern-making for Costume Exhibition Dressing

One day workshop

Instructor: Tae Smith - Professor at Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY. Free-lance textile conservator, costume and textile installation expert.

This one day, hands-on workshop will teach participants basic pattern making alterations to create garments most often used in the dressing of costume exhibitions. The workshop will start with a quick review of garment patterns. Then, using 1⁄2 scale pattern templates, participants will learn how to pivot darts, create seams, draft different sleeve and skirt silhouettes and join the bodice and skirt to create an underslip/chemise. Pattern-making experience is not necessary.

Days: Tuesday, November 17th OR Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Time: 10am – 4pm

Meet: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Uris Center entrance

Cost: $200, includes boxed lunch and materials

 


Strategies for Color Management and Communication

1/2 day workshop

Instructor: Scott Geffert–Senior Imaging Systems Manager, The Photography Studio,The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

This 1/2 day workshop will focus on color measurement and color management strategies in a real world context. Conservators rely on effective communication about color yet many of the devices used, from digital cameras to displays and printers, can be unpredictable if not properly configured and monitored. Scott will provide insight into the topic with a high level overview of the color-managed workflow followed by specific examples of successful implementations throughout the museum.

Days: Wednesday, November 18th AM OR Wednesday, November 18th PM, 2015

Time: 10 am – 1 pm OR 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Meet: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Uris Center entrance

Cost: $125, includes materials

 

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