Meeting minutes – January 2015
This month’s presentation was given by textile conservationist Camille Myers Breeze. Camille spoke and showed slides about her teaching and conservation work in Peru and about her career in textile preservation.
Camille spent a month each year for seven years, organizing and teaching in a Peruvian-American conservation collaborative. The students and leaders, which included both Peruvians and people from afar, worked on Pre-Columbian textiles dating from between 1000 to 1400 AD. Because the climate is so dry in Peru there are many artifacts that have survived – including cloths wrapped around mummies. Several amazing Pre-Columbian textiles were brought for us to see!
Camille also spike to us about her business and her career leading up to it. She is the Director and Chief Conservationist of Museum Textile Services: Conservation and Collections Care located in Andover, Ma. If you go to her website www.museumtextiles.com you can learn all about the work she and others in the textile conservation field are doing. We were encouraged to use the website, follow the blogs, and download any files we want. Camille highlighted a recent exhibit of the Farnsworth Museum and suggested we located the book that resulted – “The Shakers: from Mount Lebanon to the world.
At the end of the program the speaker encouraged any of us who have a passion for a subject to share it with others by offering courses. Suggestions on how to plan, organize and run a course were given.
There is now $1142.06 in the treasury.
The next two meetings need to be held at a different location – watch your e-mails for where.
There will be a workshop for our February meeting. Melissa will show us how to make Azuma Bukuro bags (Japanese totes). Participants should bring the following items:
1 piece of 35cm x 90cm (13” x 36”) of lightweight fabric …cotton is typically used
Several yards of sewing thread
Our March meeting will include a refresher presentation by Ted on our NOBO website. We are asked to think about what we want from a website and by prepared to participate in a discussion.
For April we are reminded to bring our “Weaving a Memory” project.
NEWS The New England Weavers Seminar is this July! Booklets are out and online enrollment begins February 15. Melissa highly recommends that people apply for tuition reimbursements that are available for several of the programs. You can get back 50% on completing the course and another 50% after writing about it. The help is given without income restrictions. See the website for more details – www.newenglandweaversseminar.com