Textile Conservation Lab - Our Process
Every object that comes to the Lab for treatment is carefully analyzed for its conservation needs. The goal of the Textile Conservation Lab is to preserve the integrity, provide stabilization and support, and minimize further deterioration of a piece.
Opening an object with client for initial condition observation
Preparing for a condition report and treatment proposal on object
Test for spot cleaning
Discussing conservation issues of a tapestry with interns and visiting students
Vacuuming a Moroccan carpet with a micro suction attachment
Sponging during wet cleaning treatment
Students working on a “conservation dye to match” exercise
Dyed yarns and their dye bath samples
Material and color matching for discrete restoration of areas of loss.
On Site; Examination of object in Collection Assessment Survey
On site; Collection Storage at the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
Stitching a support backing to a tapestry
Inspecting a tapestry upon de-installation