Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Workshop - Beyond The Book: Care and Handling of Costumes & Textiles

LAPNet – Beyond The Book: Care and Handling of Costumes & Textiles

William S. Hart Ranch and Museum, Thursday, September 17, 2009

Registration opens at 9:00 AM

Program: 9:30-3:30

The Los Angeles Preservation Network (LAPNet) is offering a one-day workshop on the care and handling of costumes and textiles. A tour of the William S. Hart Museum is included. Participants will gain some background knowledge of the history of textiles and their fibers. Treatment decisions and a variety of options will be discussed, and there will be a hands-on session. Each participant is encouraged to bring ONE ITEM ONLY for examination and discussion.

A Bar-B-Q lunch is included in the registration cost.

Who should attend
The workshop is designed for museum, library and historical society staff who are responsible for costumes and textiles in their collections.

The program will be held at the William S. Hart Ranch and Museum. For driving directions and other logistics information, go to



Workshop is limited to the first 40 registrants
Registration is $75.00.

To register for this workshop, please reserve a spot by either emailing or calling Linda Mehr (contact info below) and send a check by mail. Checks must be received by Friday September 11, 2009 to confirm your place in the workshop.

Linda Harris Mehr
Margaret Herrick Library Director
Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study
333 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Phone: (310) 247-3033
Email: lmehr@oscars.org

Cara Varnell received her conservation training at the Textile Conservation Centre in England over 25 years ago. She has held staff positions in the conservation departments of the San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts (the de Young Museum), the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and was Associate Textile Conservator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for nearly 9 years. She has been in full-time private practice for a decade. Her clients run the gamut from museums to studio archives to private collectors.