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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:44 am 
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Hi:

Can anyone recommend an affordable textile conservator in NYC? The one I've used over the years has vanished and I have some fairly routine work that needs to be done on embroideries from Central Asia through Western India, late 19th to mid 20th century material.

Thanks!

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Hi Ikat - I don't know if this will help but my niece gave me the name of a conservator near the Albany area. Her name is Gwen Spicer I believe. I contacted her recently but because I am about to leave for Taiwan and Borneo said that I will recontact her when I get back.

Her new email is: gwen@spicerart.com

Below is the link to her new website:
http://www.spicerart.com/index.html

Hope this helps.

-John

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:22 am 
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Hi John

Thanks for the referral. So far I haven't come up with anyone in NYC, so time to contact the museums. I will definitely use her name to start a list!

Enjoy your trip!

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Good luck Anna on finding a reasonable conservator. I found that many want to write a proposal first ($) followed by actually doing the work ($$) when in fact all that is needed is simple cleaning as done by other conservators you had. I have learned how to wash some of my own textiles in distilled water only which is what the conservator does.

I'll put something on the forum about some textiles I just saw in Taiwan.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:30 am 
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John:

That's what happened after 9/11 - I needed to have all the textiles that were horizontal cleaned. The estimate for vaccuming with a hood was very high.

As more information was leaked about the toxicity of the dust, it became clear that the textiles were too dangerous to have around.

I was delighted to find someone happy to do small jobs.

Guess it is time to buy sme blotting paper.

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I still haven't found anyone affordable, but I did come across these sitse, so I thought I'd post it

http://tapestrycenter.org/?page_id=2663

http://www.art-care.com/categories/cons ... brics.html


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