The Construction of Buckram Mannequins

Two day workshop.

Instructor: Caroline Bourgeois, Conservation Assistant, McCord Museum.

The steps for making buckram mannequins will be explored. This includes selection of the form to be reproduced based on the historical silhouette and cut of the garment; modifications before or after moulding; selection of materials; fabrication techniques; addition of arms, petticoats, crinolines, etc. These elements contribute to the silhouette, allowing the mannequin to adequately support the garment. Theoretical presentations and demonstrations will inform the participants who will fabricate key stages of a child-sized buckram mannequin. Case studies of European-styled and Indigenous garments will illustrate the challenges and the possibilities of buckram, and professional tips will be shared all the while fostering exchanges among the participants.

Location: Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI).

Language of instruction: French and English.

Dates: Monday and Tuesday, September 23rd AND 24th, 2019.

Time: to be confirmed.

Meeting point: Victoria Entrance, Canadian Museum of History (CMH).

Departure time from CMH to CCI: to be confirmed.

Departure time from CCI to CMH: to be confirmed.

Cost: US$300, includes transportation to and from the CCI, workshop materials, coffee breaks; does not include lunch.


Integrated Pest Management  

One day workshop.

Instructor: Tom Strang, Senior Conservation Scientist, CCI.

The workshop will cover three areas critical to the practice of integrated pest management (IPM) for cultural property.

  • Recognition of pest organisms from samples to determine if they are detrimental to collections and introduction to resources.
  • Possible responses to the discovery of pests and decision-making from among various options.
  • Discussion of how to set up IPM plans for collections with attention to inspection and trapping studies, vulnerable types of collections, scale of collections, etc.

Location: Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI).

Language of instruction: English.

Date: Tuesday, September 24th, 2019.

Time: to be confirmed.

Meeting point: Victoria Entrance, Canadian Museum of History (CMH).

Departure time from CMH to CCI: to be confirmed.

Departure time from CCI to CMH: to be confirmed.

Cost: US$225, includes transportation to and from the CCI, two coffee breaks; does not include lunch.

Prerequisite: Participants download free copy of CCI Technical Bulletin No. 29 Combatting Pests of Cultural Property at this link:  http://www.publications.gc.ca/site/eng/9.806873/publication.html 


Under the Spotlight: Lighting Museum Textiles 

 One day workshop.

Instructors:  Jean Tétreault, Senior Conservation Scientist, CCI; Eric Hagan, Conservation Scientist, CCI; Nancy Binnie, Senior Conservation Scientist, CCI.

Museums are engaged in a revolution of lighting technology, driven by pressures to become more sustainable. Independent of the different lighting approaches available, there remains an ongoing challenge of providing visitor access to light-sensitive objects, while limiting the degree of fading during exhibition. This workshop presents modern lighting technology in the museum context, and mitigation of the risk of light damage to textiles. It will include lectures and demonstrations to visualize the impact of different exhibition lighting conditions in terms of perceptible change.

Location: Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI).

Language of instruction: English, with the possibility to answer questions in French.

Date: Monday, September 23rd, 2019.

Time: to be confirmed.

Meeting point: Victoria Entrance, Canadian Museum of History (CMH).

Departure time from CMH to CCI: to be confirmed.

Departure time from CCI to CMH: to be confirmed.

Cost: US$225, includes transportation to and from the CCI, two coffee breaks; does not include lunch.


The Final Stitch: Image Editing Methods for Textile Conservators  

One day workshop.

Instructors: Germain Wiseman, Scientific Documentation Technologist, CCI; Mylène Choquette, Senior Scientific Documentation Technologist, CCI.

This workshop is geared to participants with knowledge of studio photography, DSLR cameras and Adobe Photoshop.  Participants will learn to support and light textile objects in studio, followed by retouching methods to remove the supports while maintaining artifact integrity.  Methods to create high resolution photographs using mosaic image capture and digital image stitching will be taught.Participants will learn to solve common imaging problems such as moiré patterns, optical defects, and lens distortion.

Location: Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI).

Language of instruction: English.

Date: Tuesday, September 24th, 2019.

Time: to be confirmed.

Meeting point: Victoria Entrance, Canadian Museum of History (CMH).

Departure time from CMH to CCI: to be confirmed.

Departure time from CCI to CMH: to be confirmed.

Cost: US$225, includes transportation to and from the CCI, two coffee breaks; does not include lunch.

Prerequisite: Participants must bring a laptop with Adobe Photoshop CS2 + or later version (excluding Adobe Photoshop Elements).  Image capture will be done using CCI cameras. Sample image files will be provided in advance.


Caribou Hair Tufting   

One day workshop.

Instructor: Louise Vien.

Participants are invited to learn the traditional Athabascan First Nation art form of caribou tufting. Individuals will learn to manipulate a small section of caribou hide with its precious cargo of natural coloured hair. Participants will slowly cut and tie their selected caribou hair to a piece of cashmere or deer hide and proceed with the aid of small shears to form a beautiful flower. Added to the flower will be a sewn stem of moose hair. The end product will be mounted in a shadow box for display.

Location: Canadian Museum of History (CMH).

Language of instruction: English, with the possibility to answer questions in French.

Date: Tuesday, September 24th, 2019.

Time: to be confirmed.

Meeting point: Victoria Entrance, Canadian Museum of History (CMH).

Cost: US$175, includes workshop materials. 


Tablet Weaving for Beginners   

One day workshop.

Instructor: Inge Dam.

The participants will be introduced to the versatility of tablet weaving and become familiar with the tools and the best yarn to use for specific projects. The students will learn two different tablet weaving techniques, threading defined patterns and turning defined patterns, and the differences between those techniques. Two warps will be made, one for threading defined patterns and the other for turning defined patterns. How patterns are designed will also be taught.

Location: Canadian Museum of History (CMH).

Language of instruction: English.

Date: Monday, September 23rd, 2019.

Time: to be confirmed.

Meeting point: Victoria Entrance, Canadian Museum of History (CMH).

Cost: to be determined.


Room with a View: Early morning yoga in the Grand Hall   

One-hour workshop / Offered twice.

Instructor: Donna Fornelli.

This health and wellness seminar will give participants easy ideas to help alleviate stiffness and mental fatigue associated with their work. Participants will be asked to take off their shoes and be in bare feet.

Location: Grand Hall, Canadian Museum of History (CMH).

Language of instruction: English.

Date: Thursday, September 26th, 2019 OR Friday, September 27th, 2019.

Time: to be confirmed.

Meeting point: Victoria Entrance, Canadian Museum of History (CMH).

 Cost: US$10 (individual class), includes use of yoga mat.

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