Proceedings of the AICCM TSIG Symposium, Sydney, Australia 19 to 22 May, 2016

Textile art in many museum and gallery collections is made from traditional materials using traditional methods. However, artists today are encouraged to experiment with new materials and methods. Some of these materials are natural or plant materials while others are new materials and many of the methods are not well documented.

This paper discusses some contemporary textile art work and points out potential future problems for conservators. Some unusual materials mentioned are plastic bags, hair, crepe paper, sausage skins, dissolving fabric and tea bags.

KEYWORDS: Contemporary art, adhesives, fading, plant materials, organic, new materials

AICCM Textile Special Interest Group 2016 Symposium: Emerging Technologies in Textile Conservation
Paper author:
Wendy Dodd