ABOUT TCW

The Textile Conservation Workshop (TCW) is a not-for-profit laboratory founded in 1978 to act as a conservation resource for museums, historic agencies and private individuals.

Textiles of historic importance and artistic value are treated by professional conservators, serving the needs of cultural institutions throughout the United States. As an educational institution, the Workshop offers internships that provide novice as well as post-graduate training in the field of textile conservation. TCW has an active outreach education and survey program for small museums and historical societies.

Today, we are one of a group of 14 regional centers in the US, of which only 11 conduct individual artifact treatment. We specialize in just one artifact type - textiles. Our 6 graduate-trained staff members function in a team-oriented working environment. Confirmation of our training ability is exemplified by the TCW trained practitioners who have taken positions in museum labs and regional centers, as well as throughout the country in private practice, servicing collections in historical agencies and museum collections. The TCW applies the science of conservation and fine craftsmanship to the care and restoration of every type of textile.

Textile treatments benefit from TCW's inventory of high quality conservation grade materials.

Textile treatments benefit from TCW's inventory of high quality conservation grade materials.

Textiles treated represent a diversity of cultures, regions and historical time periods.

Textiles treated represent a diversity of cultures, regions and historical time periods.

FACILITY PHOTOS

STAFF QUALIFICATIONS

Patsy Orlofsky, Executive Director
Ms. Orlofsky is the founder and director of the Textile Conservation Workshop. A scholar and lecturer on the history and care of Judaic objects, American textiles and modern and contemporary art textiles; she is also the author of Quilts in America published in 1974, 1992.  She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation and FAIC Samuel H. Kress Conservation Publications Fellowship Coordinator.

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Karen Clark, Conservator Emeritus
Ms. Clark, a graduate of the Cooperstown Graduate program in textile conservation with further study at the Winterthur Museum and at the National Gallery of Art, has been a conservator at the TCW since its inception. She has overseen the teaching of the many interns who have come through the TCW for the past 40 years. She is a Fellow of the A.I.C.

Mary Kaldany, Senior Conservator
Ms. Kaldany is a graduate of the Art Conservation Department, State University of N.Y.-Buffalo where she earned an M.A. and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation.  She specializes in the treatment of painted textiles and in the use of adhesives. She is a Professional Associate of the A.I.C.

 

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Rebecca Johnson-Dibb, Conservator
Ms. Johnson-Dibb holds an M.S. in Historic Textiles and Conservation from the University of Rhode Island.  An A.I.C. associate member, she is the author of papers on the effects of contact cleaning on historic textiles, and the identification of dyes on textile artifacts.  Special interests include conservation of tapestries, Navajo blankets, Central Asian needlework and upholstery.

Alison Castaneda, Conservator
Ms. Castaneda holds an M.A. in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice from FIT, NY. In addition to a specialty in Costume Conservation, she lectures on general conservation practices and has a published poster on the conservation of synthetic leather.

Meredith Wilcox-Levine, Conservator
Ms. Wilcox-Levine holds an M.S. in Historical Costume and Textile Conservation from the University of Rhode Island.  She is a member of the A.I.C. and the Costume Society of America.  Interests range from historic and theatrical costume to exhibition mount-making and contemporary fiber art.

Internships

In response to the need for practical in-service training in the textile conservation field, the TCW has created entry-level, intermediate and advanced training opportunities.  The entry level program is a six month volunteer appreticeship position.  The intermediate training level is our in-house Master Apprenticeship.  This is usually awarded to a candidate who has a masters degree in a related field such as anthropology, archaeology, art history, history, studio art, textile science, or polymer chemistry and is also pursuing equivalency training in conservation.  The advanced internship candidate is matriculating in a recognized graduate program in conservation.  In every case, ease and familiarity with needle and thread is a prerequisite.  Interested applicants can email a resume to the TCW.

SELECTED INSTITUTIONAL CLIENTS

Alice T. Miner
Colonial Collection

S.U.N.Y. Albany, NY

Art Institute
of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Asia Society
New York,  NY

Bard Graduate Center
New York NY

Barnum Museum
Bridgeport, CT

Christie’s Inc.
New York, NY

Confederate
Relic Room

Columbia, SC

Connecticut
Historical Society

Hartford, CT

 


 

Ellis Island
Immigration Museum

New York, NY

Herbert F. Johnson
Museum
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

Jeff Bridgeman
Antiques

Historic York Country, PA

Jewish Museum
New York, NY

Kykuit House
Rockefeller Estate

Pocantico Hills, NY

Long Island Museum
Stony Brook, NY

Lyndhurst National
Trust

Tarrytown, NY
 

 

Museum of
the City of New York

New York, NY

New Canaan
Historical Society

New Canaan, CT

New-York Historical
Society

New York, NY

New York Public Library
New York, NY

New York Yankees
New York, NY

Newark Museum
Newark, NJ

Onondaga
Historical Association

Syracuse, NY

Rubin Museum
New York, NY

 

Strong Museum
Rochester, NY

Submarine Force
Museum

Groton, CT

Ukrainian Museum
New York, NY

United Nations
New York, NY

Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY

Wadsworth
Atheneum

Hartford, CT

Wolfsonian
Foundation

Miami Beach, FL

Yale University
Art Gallery

New Haven, CT

 

TEXTILE PHOTOS

A sampling of treated textiles