Do you have quilts in your collection and are you at a loss as to what to do with them? You are not alone. Quilts are among the most abundant textiles found in our collections. Their large size, complexity, popularity, and history of use can pose a number of challenges to their custodians. This webinar will review the fundamentals of quilt care, including assessment, surface cleaning, stabilization, storage, and display. Along the way, we will dispel common myths, such as the necessity to handle with gloves and vacuum through a screen. Creative problem solving will be emphasized. Technical handouts from the Museum Textile Services website will be provided to walk you through each of the solutions presented.
Camille Myers Breeze is the Director and Chief Conservator of Museum Textile Services, a full-service textile conservation studio in Andover, Massachusetts, serving museums, cultural heritage agencies, and private collectors. She began her textile conservation career in 1989 under Patsy Orlofsky at the Textile Conservation Workshop in South Salem, New York. After earning a BA in Art History from Oberlin College, Camille received an MA in Museum Studies: Costume and Textiles Conservation from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She spent five years in the Textile Conservation Laboratory at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City before moving to the Textile Conservation Center at the American Textile History Museum, in Lowell, Massachusetts. Camille founded Museum Textile Services is 1999. In 2015, she co-created the Andover Figures costume-mounting system. Camille is the author of numerous articles and a book on American tapestry conservation techniques. She has curated several exhibits and has taught in the United States, the Dominican Republic, and Peru.
Recorded: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Duration: 1 Hour 18 minutes
Practical Solutions: Quilt Care and Display PowerPoint Slides
Quilts Care and Display Handout
Museum Textile Services Resources