Lecture/Show and Tell: “Frass-tacular!” Textile Conservation for WWII Aircraft Fabric

Meghann Girard, Engen Pre-Program conservation fellow, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Historic World War II bombers might not be your typical textile conservation candidates. However, a unique opportunity arose while the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) was evaluating fifty fabric panels used to insulate the interior nose section of a Martin B-26 Marauder known as Flak-Bait. Join Engen Pre-Program Conservation Fellow Meghann Girard for this talk on the collaborative and innovative textile conservation techniques developed at NASM to stabilize the severely moth-damaged fabric panels from Flak-Bait. Needle-felted and laser-cut loss compensation methods will be discussed along with treatment decision-making processes for these composite textiles.

Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings bring together textile experts and enthusiasts for a thematic show and tell of personal pieces. This program relates to the exhibition Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms. Free; no reservations required.