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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Putting Our Best Foot Forward

by Obie Linn, Conservator of Textiles

2/1/2024

CAMConservation, textile conservation, Rei Kawakubo, behind the scenes, Historical Shoes, Comme des Garcons

Something is afoot with these shoes! Can you put your finger (or toe) on the difference?

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Small Wonders: Tiraz Textile Fragments

by Obie Linn, Conservator of Textiles

1/4/2024

CAMConservation, tiraz textiles, textile conservation

Check out some small wonders from the world of textile artwork!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Getting technical with textiles! What’s “selvage”?

by Obie Linn, Conservator of Textiles

11/16/2023

CAMConservation, selvage, Art Deco, fabric, textile conservation

We’ve got it all! All the width of this 1920s embroidered voile (fine soft sheer fabric), that is.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Ready for a Closeup? Hawes’ Flag Dress

by Obie Linn, Textile Conservator

9/21/2023

textile conservation, Elizabeth Hawes, Flag Dress, before and after, CAMConservation, textiles

There are few things more satisfying than seeing some really dramatic “before and after” photos when a conservation treatment is complete! Conservation of Elizabeth Hawes’ “flag dress” or Geographic (1940) has wrapped up, and now you can flip through a whole album of “before/after” pairs showing the transformations of many of the flags that cover the dress.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Summery White Dress—Only 150 Years Old!

by Obie Linn, Conservator of Textiles

8/24/2023

CAMConservation, textile conservation, historic childrenswear

The forecourt display case in the Conversations Gallery is fresh! A new rotation arrived last week, and it is practically aglow with summery white freshness. How does a 150-year-old child’s dress look this crisp and breezy?

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Traveling in (Sustainable!) Style

by Obie Linn, Associate Conservator of Textiles

7/27/2023

Ann Lowe, CAMConservation, 1930s fashion, textile conservation, Winterthur Museum

How would you like to travel in a custom “sleeping bag”? These three dresses designed by Ann Lowe (American, 1898–1981) are headed to the Winterthur Museum in Delaware for the exhibition Ann Lowe: American Couturier, snuggled in soft surrounds for a safe and comfortable trip.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A “Conversation” with Coco Chanel

by Obie Linn, Associate Conservator of Textiles

6/21/2023

CAMConservation, vintage chanel, vintage, textile conservation

What is one of the best things about being a textile conservator? To me, it’s that I sometimes have the chance to “converse” with my fashion design heroes through their work.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Hey Gorgeous!

by Obie Linn, Associate Conservator of Textiles

5/25/2023

CAMConservation, textile conservation, embroidery, indian textiles

This week, grab a sneak peek at “coming attractions” with this Indian floor spread! She’ll be the “star of the show” in our Anu and Shekhar Gallery of South Asian Art when installed at the end of June.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Jacquard Loom Blanket

by Obie Linn, Associate Conservator of Textiles

4/27/2023

CAMConservation, textile conservation, jacquard, american coverlets, delaware ohio

Does crisp spring weather make you crave a snuggly blanket? The Cincinnati Art Museum has several!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Wow! That’s a PINK Dress!

by Obie Linn, Textile Conservator

3/30/2023

CAMConservation, textile conservation, pink dress

Treatment is complete for this 1920s silk chiffon and velvet dress which showed loss in several places, including the right shoulder.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Conserving and Displaying a Palampore

by Obie Linn, Associate Conservator of Textiles

3/2/2023

behind the scenes, objects conservation, CAMConservation, Palampore, South Asian Art, textile conservation

Are you a pal of Indian textiles? Then be sure to see the palampore currently on display in the South Asian Gallery!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 1920s Chanel Sequined Dress

by Obie Linn, Associate Conservator of Textiles

1/5/2023

CAMConservation, vintage, Chanel, textile conservation, sequins

Heat and moisture melted the missing sequins on this 1925–1926 party dress at the wearer’s armpit.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Perfect Pink

by Conservation

12/1/2022

textile conservation, CAMConservation

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

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Seeing Spots

by Conservation

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

by Conservation

9/29/2022

CAMConservation, Palampore, textile conservation, South Asian Art, objects conservation

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

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Spot Test!

by Conservation

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

by Conservation

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!

by Conservation

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!

by Conservation

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!

by Conservation

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

by Conservation

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!

by Conservation

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

by Conservation

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: Meet our Summer Intern!

by Conservation

7/29/2021

CAMConservation, textile conservation, textiles, behind the scenes, kente, Jane Burch Cochran, intern

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

by Conservation

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!

by Conservation

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.