Historical textile care practices and the Queen’s University Collection of Canadian Dress
Sophia Zweifel (l) and Gennifer Majors (r) working on garments in the Agnes’s holdings. Photo: Tim Forbes
A pair of hand-embroidered underwear (likely from 1915–1925) photographed under UV light. The different ways materials fluoresce offer information about what they are made of, how they might be finished, and their condition. Photo: Sophia Zweifel
Sophia Zweifel (l) and Gennifer Majors (r) looking closely at garments in the Agnes’s holdings in the Art Conservation lab. Photo: Tim Forbes
Sophia Zweifel and Gennifer Majors explore historical textile-cleaning and care practices through the Queen’s University Collection of Canadian Dress.
This presentation delves into the fascinating research undertaken by conservators on historical fabrics. Thanks to the generosity of Dr Isabel Bader, a Fellow and a Graduate Intern in Textile Conservation and Research are working on garments in the Agnes’s holdings. Zweifel and Majors will speak about the intersection of textile conservation and history, with examples from the research they have conducted during their semester at Queen’s.
This event is free of charge and all are welcome.