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Approaching it Differently: Upholstery Conservation – A joint Textiles Group & Furniture Group Workshop

4th - 5th September 2017

Cost: ICON Members: £120/ Non-ICON Members: £157.79

Location: Knole, Sevenoaks

If there is enough people interested this event it will be re-run.

As an introduction to upholstery conservation, the course will enable students to gain greater knowledge of the history of upholstered furniture with relation to the frame and textiles, and discuss the upholstery materials, tools and techniques used to create them. The methods available to examine existing upholstery, and to understand the physical evidence of original and later phases of work using tack holes and fragments on the frame will be discussed.

Practical sessions will introduce participants to the simple upholstery skills necessary to attach and remove textiles from the frame using standard fixed attachments. Pros and cons of these traditional fixings will be discussed and provide a framework for discussion about how they can be replaced with less damaging alternative conservation techniques. Textile conservation and treatment of other original upholstery materials will be shown alongside modern approaches used for the recreation and application of missing historically accurate upholstery.

The course, lead by Heather Porter will be held at Knole House in Kent, this two-day workshop is open to both Textile and Furniture conservators with the aim of fostering an informative exchange of skills and experience at this area of interface between the two specialisms.  There will also be an opportunity to explore Knole House. The workshop programme includes an opportunity to see the new conservation facilities, and showrooms at Knole.

Ticket prices are offered at a subsidised rate, include morning and afternoon refreshments, buffet lunch, and a shuttle taxi service to and from Sevenoaks station at specified times.


May Berkouwer Textile Conservation 10th Anniversary Open Day & Silk Weaving in Sudbury

Friday 30th June, 9.00 - 19.00

Cost : free with costs for specific events

Location: Sudbury, Suffolk (Sudbury can be easily reached by train from London Liverpool Street).

May Berkouwer Textile Conservation is celebrating 10 years practice at their Sudbury studio. 

We invite Icon Textile Group members to visit us on our Open Day and take advantage of the current Exhibition “Silk: From Spitalfields to Sudbury” at Gainsborough’s House. There is also the chance to explore Sudbury which with it three working silk mills can be considered the silk capital of the UK.


09.00 – 19.00 Welcome at May Berkouwer Textile Conservation studio with the opportunity to view our current projects including silk banner adhesive treatment, Hardwick Ecclesiastical Research and Knole Tapestry treatment and anything else we have in-house at that time. (Studio closed between 14.00 and 17.00 when we will all be at Gainsborough’s House.)
10.00 – 11.30 The Humphries Weaving Company with a talk by Richard Humphries. 
12.30 – 13.30 Silk Walk through Sudbury noting relevant historic and iconic places and ending in the silk shop of one of our three local weavers, Vanners. (£6.00 per person / unlimited places)
13.45 – 16.00 Lunch at Gainsborough’s House followed by a tour of the Exhibition of Silk guided by Mary Schoeser. (£20.00 charge per person / 35 places)
17.00 - 19.00 Evening Drinks and Refreshments back at the Studio