Material in Motion

Material in Motion, 10th North American Textile Conservation Conference, New York, November 16–18, 2015

The tenth biennial North American Textile Conservation Conference (NATCC) will be held in New York City and will focus on the theme of “Material in Motion.” Topics include, but are not limited to, technical analyses and descriptions, scientific and historical research, conservation treatments, and other issues. For example:

  • Materials that were designed to move, such as clothing, theater curtains, parade banners, furniture upholstery, puppets, tents, tapestries, carpets, etc. from all contexts, including ethnographic and archaeological case studies or examples.
  • The Transportation of textiles and costumes, past and present; presentations of issues and considerations in moving on or off-site collections across the room or across the world, for conservation, storage, display or travelling exhibitions; including preventing unwanted movement through virtual exhibitions or the design of display and storage systems. Discussions of the implications in design and management of these projects and how these have influenced our conservation practices and vice versa are also welcome.
  • Movement in fabric and fibers on a micro scale due to changes in humidity and the effects of gravity and vibrations on textiles while on display and in storage.
  • Undesired movement on a macro scale, including issues with unwanted or unauthorized public handling while on display or velocity and movement caused by air currents.
  • Unavoidable physical manipulation required during mounting for display, dressing mannequins and/or installation/de-installation.
  • Migration of dyes, stains, adhesives, soiling, etc. and the removal of these materials from the object.

Conservators, curators, conservation scientists, art historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, collection managers, designers, and others engaged with these topics are invited to submit proposals for presentations. Collaborations among any of the above professions or with others not listed are encouraged.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 in Calls for Papers



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