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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Our 25th Anniversary Symposium

 Conserving Textiles in the Topkapi Palace Collection,
 and in Our Own Collections”

with Paul Hepworth, IstanbuL


Buy Art. Pass it On.”

with Kate Fitz Gibbon, Santa Fe

Special Guests of Honor

Maryclaire Ramsey, Director and Bruce P. Baganz President, Board of Trustees The Textile Museum


Conserving Textiles in the Topkapi Palace Collection, and in Our Own Collections”

with Paul Hepworth, Istanbul, Turkey

During conservation treatment, the study of a group of textiles in the Topkapi Palace Collection for the Istanbul ICOC (International Conference on Oriental Carpets) brought many insights into how they have been cared for and repaired in the past, as well as their current needs.  Special focus on a series of chatmas (Ottoman cushion covers) and wrapping covers that had never been exhibited or published before revealed a use of patchwork techniques of extraordinary sophistication.  Examination of these techniques and the fabrics used in the creation of these cloths allow for better understanding and interpretation of the artistic and material culture in which they were produced.  As the conservation issues addressed in such museum treatments are the same as those faced by private collectors, a practical approach to treatment and storage can also be applied to the textiles we acquire and live with in our homes, including considerations about how conservation can affect, both positively or negatively, the value of these rugs and textiles.

Paul Hepworth graduated with an Advanced Certificate in the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and an M.A. in art history from the Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.  His training focused on the conservation of textiles and paper from Islamic cultures.  He worked for three years as a manuscript conservator at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland where he had special responsibility for the collection of Islamic manuscripts.  Subsequently, for five years he has been in private practice in Turkey providing conservation services to museums and institutions.  For many years he has been involved in expanding the collection of ethnographic textiles from the Middle East for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  His own extensive collection of Syrian costume from the late 19th and early 20th centuries is now in this museum. Prior to becoming a conservator, he was an educator of science and mathematics for many years.  As a conservator he has continued to teach approaches to conservation in programs in Turkey, Algeria, Iraq and Egypt.  

"Buy Art. Pass It On."

with Kate Fitz Gibbon, Santa Fe

A lecture covering the many personal and public reasons you should be collecting textiles and other ethnographic and tribal art, how collectors passing art on is key to a vital artistic life in America as well as tax advantageous, how textile collecting owes everything to hippies and hashish, though it is ending with corporate collections...and answers to all your questions on patrimony issues and where we go from here.  With amusing photographs.

Kate Fitz Gibbon is a practicing attorney in Santa Fe, specializing in art and cultural heritage law, trusts, and estate planning. She was a member of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee to Presidents Clinton and Bush and editor of Who Owns the Past? Cultural Property, Cultural Policy and the Law, Rutgers University Press, 2005. She is an expert on Central Asian textiles and their cultural context, and has written or co-written seven books on Asian textiles, including “IKAT: The Guido Goldman Collection,” which won the prestigious Wittenborn Prize for the Best Art Book of the Year. Kate was also a founding member of the Textile Museum Associates of Southern California, and a past Program Chairman and Past President of TMA/SC.


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