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San Francisco 2013

Keynote Speech

A View from Now

Jill Sterrett


At the intersection of art conservation and contemporary art, tried-and-true conservation principles mix with new perspectives to enrich the preservation canon. The new involves vital, dynamic engagement with artists, and with their practices and diverse materials. It is a lasting reminder that people are, as they have always been, at the heart of this business of objects. With contemporary art artists are more than merely present and accounted for, they are at the center of our purpose. Furthermore, we are the eyewitnesses to an era of art production. How do all of our voices contribute to understanding who we are and how does this impact our ongoing commitment to cultural heritage?


Une Vue à Partir de Maintenant

Jill Sterrett


À l’intersection de la restauration de l’art et de l’art contemporain, des principes de conservation/restauration sûrs se fusionnent avec de nouvelles perspectives pour l’enrichissement du canon de préservation. Le nouveau implique un engagement vital et dynamique avec les artistes, ainsi qu’avec leurs pratiques et matériaux divers. C’est un rappel durable que les gens sont, et ont toujours été, au cœur de l’entreprise des objets. Les artistes en art contemporain sont plus que simplement présents et représentés, ils sont au centre de notre raison d’être. Par ailleurs, nous sommes les témoins d’une ère en production d’art. Comment toutes nos voix contribuent à la compréhension de qui nous sommes et quelles sont les incidences de cela sur notre engagement continu envers le patrimoine culturel?

Aqueous Cleaning Methods for Textiles

Two day workshop

Instructor: Richard Wolburs, 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.

Fiber Identification

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.

Working Using Fosshape to Make Distinctive Faces and Appendages for Mannequins

One day workshop

Instructor:  Shelly Uhlir, Staff 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:

The Art of Shibori

One day workshop

Instructor: Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Textile Artist - San Francisco

In this workshop, students will learn the history and methods of resist dye techniques, including traditional and contemporary techniques of arashi, stitch resist, and clamping with carved blocks.

Ana Lisa Hedstrom, a textile artist since the 1960s, works innovatively to manipulate color and scale – combining traditional techniques like arashi shibori with hi-tech equipment like digital scanners.  In 2003 Ana Lisa was made a Fellow of the American Craft Council and has been the recipient of Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as other awards. She has been the subject of numerous international solo and group exhibitions. Her work is included in many public collections, including Museum of Arts and Design and Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York, Oakland Museum, California, and Takeda Kahei Shoten, Arimatsu and Aiichi Shibori Archive, Nagoya, Japan.

Historic Ribbonwork

One day workshop

Instructor: Candace Kling, Textile Artist - San Francisco

In this hands-on workshop, students will create a myriad of ribbon and fabric samples: pleated, folded, pressed, gathered and stitched (by hand and machine). Although the origin of some of these ribbonwork trims and edgings dates back to the 18th Century, their application is amply evident in today’s exuberant fashion pages. Candace brings to class her many boards of ribbonwork examples. Come and refresh your memory or learn it all for the very first time.

Candace Kling’s years of enthusiastic research in ribbon and fabric embellishment have led her to explore museum costume and textile collections across the country, teaching as she goes. Her richly detailed textile sculptures have been exhibited nationally and internationally over the last three decades and are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Design and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, as well as the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Her book, The Artful Ribbon, is still a favorite among ribbon fans. Learn more about her on two current blog posts as well as by visiting her website


Merging the 21st Century into a Gilded Age Fortune 500 Boardroom / Alexandra Allardt and Robert M. Kelly

Reshaping and Rehousing of Rubber Galoshes / Pia Christensson, Per-Magnus Johansson, Ulrika Brynell, Kathrin Hirichs Degerblad, Thea Winther

How can we conserve both the artist’s idea and the material? The special case of a "Achrome" of Piero Manzoni / Susanna Conti, Elisa Bracaloni, Matti Patti, and Rodorico Giorgi

Lessons Learned: The Use of 20 denier Nylon Net in the Treatment of Two Oversized Flags / Renee Dancause and Jan Vuori

Viscose Rayon: An Absorbing Problem. An Investigation into the Impact Conservation Wet Cleaning Treatments have on Historic Woven Viscose Rayon Fabrics / Charlotte Gamper, Karen Thompson and Anita Quye

The Influence of the Environment and Stress on the Degradation of Nylon Stockings used in "Garden of Delight" a Work of Art by Madeleine Berkhemer / Suzan de Groot, Henk van Keulen and Thea van Oosten

Man-Made Uppers, Man-Made Soles: The Technology of Modern Shoes / Joanne Hackett

From Deterioration to Metamorphosis, the Decision-Making Process for the Conservation of a Contemporary Textile Work / Mariana López, Emmanuel Lara Barrera, and Priscila Villeda Ramírez

Gellan Gum as a Material for Local Stain Reduction / Anne Peranteau

Care of Highly Problematic Twentieth-Century Textiles: Identification, Cleaning, Storage, and Exhibition / Kelly Reddy-Best and Margaret T. Ordoñez

Rubberized Flannel in Contemporary Beaded Powwow Regalia / Rebecca Summerour, Susan Heald, Sarah Jane Grace Owens, Odile Madden and Jennifer Giaccai

Keeping it up - Very PVC / Jane Wild and Sarah McHugh



New Materials, Ancestral Techniques: A Problem? / Lilian Garcia-Alonso Alba

The Comparative Analysis and Characterization of Deteriorated Textile Fibers: Cotton, Linen, Wool, and Silk / Alejandra Corona Cadena

Luminous Visions: An investigation into the possibility of characterizing natural dye using ultra violet light / Angela Duckwall

Creating Invisible Mounts with Low Tech Fabrication Methods / Ann Frisina

The "Green Challenge": Incorporating Sustainable Materials into Textile Conservation and Collections Care / Christian Hernandez

Study and conservation of two plastic dolls and their garments: dilemmas and limitations / Maria Koutsodimitropoulou and Anna Karatzani

Displaying and housing an oversized painted textile—a case study of using local materials to preserve a National treasure in Taiwan / Jen-Jung Ku and Wan-ping Chen

Polyethylene foam used as a base for padded board / Christina Margariti

"20 Years Restoring the Threads of History": Training Textile Conservators at ENCRYM / Alejandra Mosco

Solutions for the Replacement of Textile Supports in Mexico / Rosa Lorena Román Torres, Alejandra Corona Cadena, Lilian García-Alonso Alba, Nicolás Gutiérrez Zepeda, Abner Gutiérrez Ramos and Elizabeth Trujillo Huazo

Communicating through Acrylic Emulsion Paints: Preserving the Union of Communication Workers' banner c.1990 / Leanne Tonkin


Local Committee
  • Beth Szuhay, Co-Chair

  • Denise Migdail, Co-Chair

  • Jill D’Alessandro, DeYoung Liason

  • Shiela Pressley, DeYoung Liason

  • Lesley Bone, DeYoung Liason

  • Meg Geiss-Mooney

  • Joyce Hulbert

  • David de la Torre

  • Nicole Passerotti

  • Katie Sabo

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