Textiles enrich our lives. We preserve, repair, restore & display.
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Textiles enrich our lives.
We preserve, repair, restore & display.
Conservation & Repair
Beloved christening gowns, fragile wedding dresses, and other heirlooms all deserve skilled treatments to preserve the past and enrich our lives and those of our children. Fine hand-stitching, reweaving, dye and stain analysis are among the techniques used in conservation.
Cleaning & Care
Acidic discoloration, stains and creases can often be removed using a combination of wet and dry cleaning. After careful testing, cleaning, and stabilization, your heirlooms can be preserved for many more years to come.
Conservation & Repair
Each textile is studied with sensitivity to texture, pattern, condition, lighting and location. Mounts are designed to protect and preserve the textile while augmenting its strong graphic power or subtle beauty. Custom display can include the design of interior space and lighting, as well as professional installation to showcase textile collections harmoniously with other artworks.
Gloriously Blessing the Baby...and Restoring the Glory to the GownOver the years we have cleaned, conserved, and repaired hundreds of historic christening dresses. Each one is different, short or long, tiered or sheer, embroidered or laced, pleated or smocked – each with its own family stories. Most have very yellowed ‘bib’ areas from sweet milky spittle, and often a host of rips and tears…..it […]
The (Good) Eyes Have ItGood eyesight is one thing, but enhanced stereoscopic vision? That’s sharp! New visual neuroscience research from the University of California, Berkeley supports one thing that Julia already knew: good eyesight is an asset in working with textiles, practically a pre-requisite for the job. But, as this recently released data reveals, dressmakers and those, like Julia, who work […]
Field Trip: Williamsburg, VirginiaWe visit “Printed Fashions: Textiles for Clothing and the Home” By Kaitlyn Munro Lauren and I recently returned from a fabulous trip to Colonial Williamsburg (Virginia) to attend the symposium, Printed Fashions: Textiles for Clothing and the Home. We were honored to present a paper “Burn Out”, about a range of conservation techniques for stabilizing […]