Tunic, Peru, The Textile Museum 91.341

Workshop: Storing Your Art

Maria Fusco, Elizabeth Shaeffer, and Cathleen Zaret, museum conservators

This workshop will provide information on how a variety of flat and dimensional textiles from The Textile Museum's collections are stored, to inform participants on how best to store their own work. Examples of flat, rolled, and folded storage will be shared, as well as methods for storing fragmentary or smaller pieces. A hands-on demonstration will take place where participants can practice these storage methods with education collection pieces. Information will be provided on sourcing archival storage materials, and participants will take away a small packet of material samples.  

This workshop is part of the Art Care for Artists series designed to support artists working in fiber. Fee: $75 per session for museum members (or $200 for the three-program package); $100 per session for the public. Includes most materials and a box lunch. 

Advance registration is required; space is limited. Register for this program or the full series online or call 202-994-7394 

About the Conservators

Maria Fusco is chief conservator and Margaret Wing Dodge chair in conservation. She trained at the Textile Conservation Centre in Winchester, England, and previously held positions at the Konserveringscentret in Vejle, Denmark, the National Museum of African Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum at FIT in New York. 

Associate Conservator Elizabeth Shaeffer trained at the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation and previously held positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and worked in archaeological and textile conservation throughout Chile. 

Cathleen Zaret trained at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and previously held positions at the National Museum of the American Indian and operated a private conservation practice that served the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum.

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