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Webinar Book Launch: ‘Woven Tapestry: Guidelines for Conservation’

Icon Textile Group

From: Sunday 09.08.20
at 6:00pm
To: Sunday 09.08.20
at 7:00pm



Free for members


Please join the ICON Textile Group – with a glass of wine in hand – for an online conversation with Ksynia Marko on the occasion of her long-awaited publication: "Woven Tapestry: Guidelines for Conservation". After the event please stick around for an informal networking session at "The Needle and Thread". This requires a separate Zoom registration.


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Webinar Book Launch: ‘Woven Tapestry: Guidelines for Conservation’


From the Middle Ages onwards woven tapestries, with figurative or other ornament, were used by royalty and aristocrats to furnish their palaces and houses. They have, however, endured fluctuating fortunes since, and their histories must in many cases be carefully unpicked in order for us to understand their function, significance, and context of creation. Since the vast majority of tapestries [now in the care of the National Trust] are on open display in historic interiors, they pose particular conservation and interpretation challenges. Often observed and considered as two-dimensional artworks, they are in fact complex three- dimensional structures requiring specialist skill in their maintenance and conservation. Woven Tapestry is one of the most up to date and authoritative reference books to deal with the handling, conservation, and protection of historic tapestries. Published by Archetype Publications in May 2020, Woven Tapestry aims to help textile conservators carry out thorough assessments and arrive at appropriate options for treatment by focusing on: the techniques of tapestry manufacture; agents of deterioration; and current practice for methods of cleaning, support, repair and display. It is fully illustrated and is supplemented with 20 in-depth case studies.

Ksynia has over 40 years experience in the profession and was the National Trust’s Textile Conservation Adviser and manager of the NT’s Textile Conservation Studio for twenty seven years until her retirement in 2018. In 2016 Ksynia was awarded the Plowden Medal for her outstanding contribution to cultural heritage.  In discussion with Alison Lister ACR, Ksynia will introduce her new book and offer an account of her experiences of tapestry conservation, and will be pleased to take questions from attendees afterwards.

Registrants/attendees will be eligible for a £10.00 discount on the book (follow the link for details). Attendees will receive a discount code from the publisher Archetype Publications Ltd.

We invite all attendees to join us after this webinar for an evening at "The Needle and Thread", our virtual pub, for further discussions and networking. This will be a separate Zoom link, please register here:


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