Recently, Anne Fermer, Nola McCullagh and Jan Banks attended a free “Conservation and Care of Textiles Workshop” held at the Museum of Brisbane – as places were limited only three of us were able to attend.
This Workshop was given by Tess Evans ACR who is a freelance conservator and proprietor of Heights Heritage Conservation. Tess trained at the prestigious Textile Conservation Centre at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London and has an incredible wealth of experience. Tess attained an MSc in Museum Studies in 2013 and is an accredited member of AICCM and ICON and has been nominated for AICCM’s Conservator of the Year Award in 2008 and 2010. She works with both private and institutional clients including the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Australian Museum, The Historic Houses Trust, The National Trust, English Heritage and The Powerhouse Museum. Most recently she has worked with Museum of Brisbane on “Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood” – undertaking extensive conservation and restoration on the private collection on display in the Exhibition. The work on the garments was quite remarkable.
We found the workshop extremely interesting and informative as Tess shared her knowledge and expertise in the conservation and care of textiles together with innovative and cost effective methods of mounting textiles, costume and ephemera for Exhibitions. Our thanks go to Tess and the Museum of Brisbane for giving us and others the opportunity to attend the Workshop.
Our current Exhibition is dedicated to those who fought in WW1, WW11 and other wars to protect their country and loved ones. It is also depicts the resourcefulness of family at home who had to improvise in order to ‘make do’ when items were very scarce. For example, on display is a hessian apron – the brand of the sugar bag used is on the reverse side of the apron which has been trimmed with bright material.
We have featured a special item – a Lieutenant’s jacket worn by Norm Dean OAM during World War 11. Norm was captured by the Japanese and was a prisoner of War at Changi. After the War he entered Real Estate and became the Founder of the Redland Museum, remaining as President for 30 years and always active in the Community. Born 25.7.1918 Norm passed away on 8.12.2013.
A very rare item is a nightgown which was made from a parachute during WW11. There are many seams where they have had to cut the parachute into many pieces to make the nightgown and it has then been decorated with embroidery. Please do not miss out on viewing these special items at the Museum while they are out on display in this Exhibition. When the Exhibition finishes they will be returned to storage for ‘resting’ so it may be some time before you again have the opportunity of seeing them.