The following e-resources have been compiled by the Icon Textile Committee to assist with CPD activities during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are leaving them up in the hopes they continue to be helpful and inspirational. The list will be updated periodically so if you find a link no longer works please let our website editor know (Hannah Sutherland, firstname.lastname@example.org). If you find a useful lecture or online course (preferably free to access) please let us know and we will add it to the list.
- Refresh your weaving skills with Dovecot Online teaching series. https://dovecotstudios.com/tapestry-studio/projects/weaving-from-home/
- "The Beauty of Mending" is an Instagram page and book charting the course of repair in clothing. https://www.instagram.com/thebeautyofmending/. Another artist exploring these themes is Celia Pym, who was a featured artist at the Women's Hour Craft Prize at the V&A in 2017. Explore her work here: http://celiapym.com/.
- The Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums, have created a pattern for replicating the embroidered carnation design from one of their 17th Century coifs. https://prodglportalv2.azureedge.net/media/6191/carnation-embroidery-des...
- Learn about the meditative craft of Sashiko with this dedicated YouTube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCraGC2n7qN31FlQSvXYI0JA
- Do you know your Bargello from your Berlin work? Brush up on your embroidery styles with this illustrated guide from the V&A. https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/embroidery-styles-an-illustrated-guide
Exhibition tours and highlights
- Missed out on Dior in Paris or London? The exhibition from Paris can now be viewed online. French/English with English subtitles. https://www.vogue.fr/fashion-culture/article/christian-dior-designer-of-...
- Tour The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Design from your sofa with Met360. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/met-360-project
- Leeds Museum are offering an online tour of their FastxSlow Fashion exhibition. https://museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/virtual-visit/fast-x-slow-fashi...
- Use Google Arts and Culture to explore galleries across the world. https://artsandculture.google.com/explore?hl=en
- An online exhibition from National Museums Northern Ireland showcases the country's rich history of flax growing and linen production. Every stage of production is broken down and explored. https://www.nmni.com/story/warp-and-weft-story
- Museum highlight! Chertsey Museum in Surrey has a great fashion blog https://chertseymuseum.org/fashion_blog, but also has many of their previous exhibitions available on their website. https://chertseymuseum.org/online-exhibitions
- During their exhibition "Shoes: Pleasure and Pain" the V&A put together an interactive timeline of shoes: https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/a-history-of-shoes. If shoes are your thing, why not also check out Bata Shoe Museum's collection of online exhibitions: http://batashoemuseum.ca/online-exhibitions/
- The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, has a beautiful 360 degree view of their fashion and design galleries online. The page also includes a short introduction by the gallery curator, Petra Slinkard. https://www.pem.org/ongoing-exhibitions-fashion-design-gallery
- The V&A has launched a series of exhibition tour videos taking you through "Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk". Join Anna Jackson, Keeper of the Asian Department, explore all five sections of the show. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLe2ihXndm5jtNACjllBkZstI0H8ts251S
- If you're on social media you may have seen London's Fashion Alphabet from the Museum of London. Their team has now uploaded all their object videos to their website so you can puruse from Hardy Amies right through to the Rahvis sisters (with more letters to come!). https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/londons-fashion-alphabet
- The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC) has a YouTube channel with videos covering both recent exhibitions and their associated symposiums. https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMuseumatFIT/playlists.
- Totnes Fashion and Textile Museum invites you to view their virtual exhibition, which explores "The Survival of Glamour" through the Second World War and beyond. https://totftm.org/2020-virtual-exhibition.
- Elizabeth Way from FIT discusses their 2017 exhibition "Black Fashion Designers" with Andre Leon Talley. https://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/designers/a32948143/andre-leon-tal...
- You can now watch the gallery talk of "Kimono: Fashioning Identities" of Tokyo National Museum with English subtitles. This will be available until March 2023! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4MFFKhNuWo
Online learning and CPD
- Book and Paper Group talks previously recorded can be found here: https://icon.org.uk/groups/book-paper/conservation-together-at-home-webi...
- FutureLearn offers a variety of short term online leaning courses. Our favourites are A History of Royal Fashion (HRP/University of Glasgow) and Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime (The University of Glasgow). https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/royal-fashion
- Write an abstract for the Icon Textiles Group upcoming Spring Forum, taking place in Brighton in April 2021. More information here: https://icon.org.uk/events/call-for-papers-conservation-out-in-the-open
- Join in with the Icon Discord page - see email if an Icon Member.
- Online webinars from AIC, including Hazards in Collections. https://www.connectingtocollections.org/arsenic-and-old-lace-controlling...
- Museum of London Hazards in Collections e-tool. https://hazardsincollections.org.uk/
- International Mountmakers Forum. Current/most recent conference is available on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfLpw-jjwfv6qzSh-Bx3awA/videos
- The Icon website has regular updates on Coronavirus and it's impact. This week we want to highlight their review of the UK Government's Skills Toolkit. The toolkit includes ways of developing your skills in areas which are becoming more necessary in conservation, such as digital literacy and social media. https://icon.org.uk/news/government-launches-the-skills-toolkit
- See what Heritage Fund is doing to support museums across the UK. Check out their Digital Skills for Heritage section and keep an eye on their upcoming free resources. https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/blogs/digital-skills-heritage-meeting-co...
- David Mills from Camberwell (UAL) has been releasing conservation science videos for any conservators who want a bit of a refresher. All free on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwIFHohz2ZoCynjoq6lpkPg
- Due the fabulous work of Textile Committee members Viola Nicastro and Terri Dewhurst we are pleased to announce that postprints from November's "Conservation in Colour" conference are live. Please see the postprint's section of the Textile Group pages. You will need your membership login to access these.
- Catch up with dress historian Valerie Steele as she discusses "Why Fashion Matters" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYJY7XpZGIc&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop
- FutureLearn have launched a new free course about the history and production of Japanese papers. As these materials are often used in conservation this could be a great piece of CPD to deepen your material knowledge. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/japanese-book-paper/
- Looking for some bedtime (or sunny afternoon) reading? The MetPublications website hosts 100s of free to download books, including over 200 fashion and textile titles. Many can be downloaded as a PDF or flicked through on Google Scholar. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/metpublications/titles-with-full-text-online
- The Museum of London has a pest refresher ecourse available. https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/Resources/e-learning/introduction-to-m...
- The Open University has many free short courses available on their website, some of which cover arts, textile history and heritage topics. https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue
- Revisit the Textile Conservation Symposium held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2018. A variety of talks from staff on previous projects. https://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-met/conservation-and-scientific-rese...
- In May 2020 ICOM hosted a webinar discussing disability and accessibility. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i36pAgP6EJU&feature=youtu.be
- "The Sound of Dress in Etruscan Dance" is available to stream online. https://texdance.eu/24-06-2020-the-sound-of-dress-in-etruscan-dance-cent...
- Selvedge magazine has put together a lockdown reading list. If you have any other titles you've been reading, let us know! https://www.selvedge.org/blogs/selvedge/recommended-reading?utm_source=S...
- Collections Trust has several videos on their YouTube channel, including a panel discussion about "Loans in Lockdown". https://www.youtube.com/user/CollectionsTrust
Podcasts and TV Shows
- The C Word - The Conservators Podcast. Seven seasons to work through if you're new to the show. https://thecword.show/
- Craft podcasts from The Crafts Council. https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/articles/craft-podcasts-to-keep-you-com...
- BBC is still showing "Secrets of the Museum", behind the scenes at The V&A. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000f1xt
- BBC Arts has a section dedicated to other arts programmes. https://www.bbc.co.uk/arts
- "Museums in Quarantine" on BBC Four takes us behind the scenes of galleries and exhibitions with special guest hosts. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000hqmn
- Dressed: The History of Fashion podcast https://www.iheart.com/podcast/105-dressed-the-history-of-fas-29000690/
- 99 Percent Invisible has an episode exploring a unique set of fashion dolls. Content warning: eating disorders. https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/a-fantasy-of-fashion-articles-of-...
- Sew What? Podcast explores historical needlework and the people who made it. http://sewwhatpodcast.buzzsprout.com
- Black Fashion History: This series celebrates the contributions of Black people to world fashion. https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/black-fashion-closet/black-fashion-history
- Stichery Stories: Textile Artist Podcast. Each episode Susan Weeks interviews textile artists and embroiderers based in the UK. https://www.stitcherystories.com/textile-art-podcast/
- "You're Dead to Me" - a podcast for those who don't (and do) love history. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07mdbhg/episodes/downloads
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Title Image: Barong Tagalog made of piña cloth, https://www.flickr.com/people/44124483743@N01. Used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.