Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Hands-On Textile Care Workshop Hosted by Oberlin Heritage Center

Press release:

Have you ever wondered how to properly care for the textiles that you treasure, such as quilts, samplers, flags, or even your grandmother’s wedding gown? The Oberlin Heritage Center will host a textile conservation workshop designed for anyone with a love of old textiles, including collectors, students, and historical society and museum staff and volunteers. Taught by professional textile conservator, Camille Myers Breeze, the workshop will be offered at the Oberlin Depot (240 South Main Street in Oberlin, Ohio) on two dates: Monday, November 20th from 1-4 p.m., and repeated again on Tuesday, November 21st from 9 a.m. – noon. Advance registration is required. Please note that space is limited for the Monday afternoon session, yet still available for the newly-added-on second session offered Tuesday morning, November 21. Fees for the workshop are $35 for the general public, and $30 for Oberlin Heritage Center members; the fee will be waived for full-time students with advance registration.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to work with objects from the Oberlin Heritage Center collection as they learn the basics of archival materials and methods, including flat, rolled, and folded storage. Tips for properly storing textiles without spending a fortune also will be discussed.

Camille Myers Breeze is the Director of Museum Textile Services in Andover , Massachusetts. She got her start in conservation twenty years ago while a student at Oberlin College. After earning a B.A. in Art History from Oberlin College, she received a M.A. in Museum Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1993, specializing in costume and textile conservation. For five years she was an assistant conservator at the Textile Conservation Laboratory, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in New York City. She also was an advanced Mellon fellow at the Textile Conservation Center, American Textile History Museum, in Lowell, Massachusetts. In 1999, she founded Museum Textile Services. Camille is a Professional Associate of the American Institute of Historic and Artistic Works. She counts the Oberlin Heritage Center among her nation-wide clientele.

Proceeds from the workshops will benefit the Oberlin Heritage Center’s collections projects. For additional information or to make a reservation, go to or call (440) 774-1700, or e-mail .


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