The Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education is pleased to announce a specialized seminar on the nature and activities associated with textile conservation.  Four world renown textile conservators have agreed to share their perspectives and expertise: Margaret Fikioris, in privat practice and formerly at the Winterthur Museum; Mechthild Flury-Lemberg, author of Textile Conservation and Research (Abegg Stiftung, Riggisberg, Switzerland, 1992); Nobuko Kajitani from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Sheila Landi, whose The Textile Conservator's Manual recounts her work at the textile department of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and in private practice.  These distinguished textile conservators will outline the development of their conservation laboratories over the years, their perspective on the goals and purpose of their work and research.  They will each discuss in detail how their approach and practices led to successful solutions and treatments of difficult problems.  Participants in the course will be asked to bring slides and documentation of a particular difficult conservation problem for the panel and seminar to review and discuss in terms of these different perspectives.  Participants and the panelists will also visit a textile collection in the Washington, D.C. area to discuss treatment options in situ.  This course is designed for mid-career textile conservators - freelance, regional or museum based, with an interest in philosophic and research areas of treatment oriented textile conservation.

Who Should Attend:  Mid-career textile conservators - specializing in flat textiles, costume, or furnishings with an interest in philosophic perspectives on treatment oriented textile conservation.

Selection Process:  Applications will be weighed in favor of those with more complex, well considered problems to engage the speakers and the other participants.  In addition, those with larger collections and greater responsibilities and more experience will be favored.


Course Fee:           $200.00 per person
Enrollment:            20 participants
Time:                      3 days 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Deadline:                Postponed
Location:                Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education,  Museum Support Center
For Information:    Mary Ballard 301-238-3700 x145
                                Francine Lewis 301-238-3700 x102
To apply:                 Please fill out course registration form