Studio life

Fourteen Shades of Pink

The Argory in Northern Ireland, complete with its acetylene gas installation and light fittings, is an exceptionally rare survivor of a form of domestic lighting that enjoyed a period of popularity from the last decade of the nineteenth century until the late 1920s. The drawing room has a six-arm chandelier and four matching two-arm wall… Continue reading Fourteen Shades of Pink

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Furniture, James II, Knole, State bed, Studio life

The return of the illusive orange caterpillars!

These caterpillars have been visiting the Studio on and off for the last fourteen years. They range in size and length but are always accompanied by a luxurious green ground and leave an orange trail wherever they go. They are in fact the silk trimmings from the James II Bed from Knole. The trimmings have… Continue reading The return of the illusive orange caterpillars!

Furniture, Knole, Levy Intern, Studio life, Upholstery

Exciting Outing… Please take a seat!

As the current Levy Textile Conservation Intern I have had many opportunities to learn and progress on my journey to becoming a fully-fledged textile conservator. (If you’re interested in what I’ve been up to in my first year as Intern pleased read this blog … and this one… ) To kick off my second year… Continue reading Exciting Outing… Please take a seat!

costume, Embroidery, Studio life

Getting to grips with our gift collection

In the early days of the Textile Studio, when it was under the direction of Pamela Clabburn, we collected a study collection of textile objects which were donated by members of the public. Unfortunately these objects have been sitting in boxes, as we have nowhere to display them. We are currently working on a programme… Continue reading Getting to grips with our gift collection

Bodleian Library, Gideon tapestries, Knole, Levy Intern, Studio life, Survey, Tapestry

My Textile Conservation Internship so far…

Since my first blog post back in September last year I have been very busy with all that being the current Levy Textile Conservation Studio intern entails. It seems very odd that I’m nearing the end of my first year, it’s gone so fast, but then they do say time flies when you’re having fun!… Continue reading My Textile Conservation Internship so far…