Minding your Ps and Qs: Care of Samplers and Embroideries

A lecture by Kristin Phillips (Principal Textiles Conservator, Artlab) | RESCHEDULED Thursday 5 August | 4 & 6PM


Samplers and embroideries are complex, colourful and beautiful but inherently fragile. Their quality and value are directly related to their condition. Most deterioration or damage such as fading, staining or embrittlement is irreversible. Other mechanical damage can be repaired but is generally labour intensive and expensive. This underlies the importance of conservation storage and display.

The common causes of damage will be examined and explained. How to reduce these risks will be detailed with the care, treatment and conservation grade framing of textiles revealed.


About the speaker

Kristin Phillips is the Principal Textiles Conservator at Artlab Australia where she has worked for over 30 years. She has worked on textiles as varied as the Eureka Flag, the assassination garments of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi to the Art Gallery of South Australia’s collection of Morris & Co. Curtains, embroideries and soft furnishings and European tapestries from national collections.


Cost: $25 adult (complimentary glass of wine on arrival)

Numbers limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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Limited parking available onsite.

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