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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Perfect Pink

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12/1/2022

#CAMConservation , textile conservation

We are “dyeing” to find the perfect shades of pink silk chiffon to repair this 1920s dress!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Seeing Spots

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10/27/2022

CAMConservation , 1740sfurniture , textile conservation , textiles , Grendey

Our textile conservator got to wear all these “hats” this week to address some spots on this settee in Gallery 209, the British portraiture gallery.

Behind the Scenes in the South Asian Galleries

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9/29/2022

CAMConservation , Palampore , textile conservation , South Asian Art

Take a peek into preparations for the reopening of the South Asian Galleries, December 2023.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Spot Test!

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9/1/2022

CAMConservation , cincyartmuseum , rug conservation , textile conservation

This test hinted at a dramatic difference!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Great Gallery Dust-Up

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8/4/2022

CAMConservation , textile conservation , colonial furniture , colonial dames

A whole team helped clean the galleries in a gallery-wide dust-up (or down!). Next time you visit the museum, take a minute to think about all the unseen work that goes into keeping all parts of the museum looking their best.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Go big or go home!

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6/9/2022

CAMConservation , oversized art , historic carpets , textile conservation , textiles

This carpet is a whopping 25’ by 18,’ easily one of the largest textiles in the collection.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: So Tiny!

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5/12/2022

CAMConservation , textile conservation , 1920s bags , behind the scenes

This beaded bag from the 1920s is in the textile conservation lab for some stabilization where some of the beading threads were broken, but it presented a special challenge...

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Thread Count

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4/14/2022

CAMConservation , conservation , textiles , textile conservation , jeannehallee , behind the scenes

This silk chiffon scarf--part of a dress by designer Anna Jeanne Hallée designed in 1924—is undergoing conservation for significant loss and weakness where only shreds and threads remained around the central section.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Blast Off!

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3/17/2022

CAMConservation , conservation , textile conservation , textiles , 1960s Fashion , poster dresses , paper dresses

The Fashion and Textile Collection has a new gift! And it’s part of a set!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Eccentric Wefts

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1/20/2022

CAMConservation , conservation , textile conservation , behind the scenes , tiraz textiles , weaving , eccentric wefts

It’s getting weavy weird in the textile conservation lab this week!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The end of treatment is near!

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11/18/2021

CAMConservation , conservation , textile conservation , textiles , Elizabeth Hawes , behind the scenes

We’ve come a long way on the treatment of the Elizabeth Hawes flag dress! If

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Groovy Pucci

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10/21/2021

CAMConservation , textile conservation , textiles , Fashion Arts & Textiles , vintage , Pucci

Usually, clothing is tailored to fit the body. But in the museum, we tailor a body to fit the clothing!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Bath Time

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8/26/2021

CAMConservation , conservation , textile conservation , textiles , Elizabeth Hawes , behind the scenes

It’s time for a bath in textile conservation.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Meet our Summer Intern!

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7/29/2021

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This summer, Michelle Leung has the amazing opportunity to intern here in textile conservation, funded through the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Magic of Magnets

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7/1/2021

CAMConservation , textile conservation , textiles , hanbok , behind the scenes , magnets , museum mounts

Woman’s folk costume, 1900-1950, Korea, glazed linen; Gift of Mrs. Charles F. Mosher, 1966.1505ab

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Look out for LIGHT!

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6/3/2021

CAMConservation , textile conservation , textiles , light sensitivity , fading

The silk binding edge of this art quilt has been badly damaged by prolonged exposure to light which occurred before it came into the museum’s collection.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Dress Check

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5/6/2021

CAMConservation , textile conservation , textiles , Fashion Arts & Textiles , Sybil Connelly , dress

This dress is up for consideration to get into a different kind of exclusive party: the museum’s Fashion and Textiles Collection.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Silk Dress

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6/4/2020

conservation , behind the scenes , evening dress , textile conservation , silk dress

It’s working! In the textile conservation lab this week, our textile conservator has been working on preparing this silk dress for an upcoming exhibition.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Padded Headboard Doppelganger

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5/7/2020

textile conservation , behind the scenes , uphostery conservation , headboard , furnture , Joseph Urban , Unlocking an Art Deco Bedroom

This padded headboard insert has a doppelganger. It is being prepared for an exhibition next year and came to the textile conservation lab for treatment.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Take Color for a Spin

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4/9/2020

textile conservation , behind , fiber art , textile art

What is a “textile” anyway? Take Color for a Spin is a fiber sculpture made of crocheted forms stiffened with a coating and strung together with wire.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Day Dress

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3/12/2020

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Check out this behind the scenes look from our conservators.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Installing New Fashion Acquisitions

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1/16/2020

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In a few weeks, we are installing some recent acquisitions from CAM’s fashion collection in Gallery 150.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Painted Silk Bedspread

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10/24/2019

conservation , textile conservation , behind the scenes , Joseph Urban , Unlocking an Art Deco Bedroom

A steady hand and a sharp eye are key for the repair currently underway of this painted silk taffeta bedspread in the textile conservation lab.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Japanese Haori

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8/1/2019

behind the scenes , conservation , asian art , haori , textile conservation , garment , Japanese Art

This Japanese garment, or haori, recently went on display in the Asian Gallery.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Doll research pays off!

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4/11/2019

behind the scenes , conservation , Dollyver , textile conservation

What does the 1850 census have to do with textile conservation? And this rag doll?