Online Museum Classes
Caring for textiles demands an understanding of how and why they deteriorate. This course offers a simplified explanation of the origin and structure of textile fibers as well as the finished textile object; be it either a piece of whole cloth or a finished garment. Care of Textiles teaches students to identify fibers, fabric structures and finishes, write condition reports, and understand the agents of deterioration that are harmful to various fabrics both in storage on exhibit. Topics include preparing textiles for storage and exhibit, the use of archival materials with textiles, and three dimensional supports.
2. Textiles and Their Structures
3. Textile Documentation and Condition Report Writing
4. Textiles and Their Environment
5. Handling of Textiles
6. Treating Textiles
7. Care of Textiles in Storage
8. Care of Textiles on Exhibit
Preserving Textiles: A Guide for the Nonspecialist by Harold Mailand and Dorothy Stites Alig. Available for purchase from Northern States Conservation Center at http://www.collectioncare.org/tas/tas.html.
Optional Text Book (if you can find it):
Conservation Concerns, a Guide for Collectors and Curators by Konstanze Bachmann (out of print)
Participants in Care of Textiles work at their own pace through sections and interact through online chats. Instructor Ann Coppinger is available at scheduled times for email support. Care of Textiles includes online literature, slide lectures and student-teacher/group-teacher dialog. The course is limited to 20 participants.
Care of Textiles runs four weeks. To reserve a spot in the course, please pay at http://www.collectioncare.org/tas/tas.html If you have trouble please contact Helen Alten at firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Comments for MS212: Care of Textiles:
Course was great & worth the time. I liked how the materials tied in together; the lectures were brief, yet to the point, the powerpoint slides showed images relating to the lectures.
It more than met my expectations. I never realized there was so much involved in textiles. Wow, what a lot of information! Thank you for all the time and effort that goes into providing the services of the Northern States Conservation Center. Your classes, materials, website, publications, etc. are awesome and a real help. I appreciate all that goes into this.
I enjoyed the weekly chats. I found them to be very helpful. I also liked how the course was meant to be a good refresher. Lastly, I enjoyed the fact that all classmates could post comments/suggestions on the forum for all to see. I enjoyed the class and the chats. Ann was very helpful in answering any questions I posed during those chats. Thanks!
Good course and I highly recommend it.
Ann Coppinger runs the conservation department and teaches conservation at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She has a master's in museum studies specializing in costume and textile conservation from FIT. She is a former NEA master apprentice at the Textile Conservation Workshop. Ms. Coppinger previously worked for 22 years in fashion in New York City. She has degrees in both fashion design and pattern making from FIT.