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.
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.
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.
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.