Last Monday the Studio team expanded again when we welcomed two new conservators, Stella Gardner and Bevan O’Daly.
Stella graduated from the Centre for Textile Conservation, University of Glasgow in 2013. During her studies she undertook work placements at the National Trust Textile Conservation Studio and Textile Conservation Ltd, Bristol. On completion of her training she took part in a month’s long work experience at the Palace of Westminster, cleaning and remounting a collection of modern tapestries. Stella worked at Textile Conservation Ltd from 2013-2017 where she gained experience of conserving a wide range of textile objects, including banners and flags, upholstered furniture, costume, carriages and samplers. During her four years in Bristol she developed an interest in tapestries and worked on a variety of contemporary and historical tapestry projects both in the studio and on site, including the cleaning and assessment of the Coventry Cathedral tapestry. She has joined the Studio for six months to work on a tapestry from the Hero and Leander set from Cotehele, Cornwall.
Bevan is a recent graduate in Textile Conservation (MPhil) at the Centre for Textile Conservation, University of Glasgow. During her training she spent three months on work placement at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and was a volunteer conservator on the the tapestry collection at the Burrell Collection, Glasgow.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin. Prior to Bevan’s formal training in textile conservation she worked as a preventative conservation assistant at Castletown House (OPW), and undertook work experience at the Chester Beatty Library and the National Museum of Ireland.
Bevan will initially be assisting on the Spangled bed project from Knole.