has worked in the field of textile conservation since 1985. Her company, Caring For Textiles, founded in 1996, is based in Washington DC. She does a full range of textile treatments, display, installations, storage and survey work for institutions, historical sites and private clients. She frequently lectures to historical societies and collector groups on the care and display of textiles and is passionately committed to conservation outreach and the protection of cultural property. From 2000 to 2008, she led four textile training workshops in Bhutan, and did workshops in both Madagascar and Algeria. In 2013, she completed a 6 year contract, training a new generation of textile conservators in Thailand, and helping to establish the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles in Bangkok.
Early training included six years in a private atelier specializing in the conservation of 16th-20th century tapestries, Oriental carpets, Asian textiles and American samplers and quilts. Ms. Brennan helped establish the textile storage facility at the Philadelphia College of Textile’s Paley Design Center, and was the editor for a manual of conservation stitches. In 1989 she received a Getty Research Grant focusing on the analysis of dyes in historic Thai textiles, as well as treatments for oriental carpets. During her tenure as Assistant Conservator for Exhibitions at the Textile Museum in Washington, she prepared over 30 exhibits, and was the guest curator of a contemporary textile show on Faith Ringgold.
Ms. Brennan is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation and Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). She is also a member of the Textile Society of America and on the board of The Washington Conservation Guild. She holds a BA in art history from Barnard College, New York, and a Masters in art crime from The Association for Research in Crimes Against Art. Download Julia’s CV
has always a passion for textiles and clothing and their power to tell a story. She received her BA in Costume Design at SUNY New Paltz and a Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design from FSU.