Future of the 20th Century: Collecting, Interpreting and Conserving Modern Materials, The

Cordelia Rogerson, Paul Garside (eds)

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ISBN: 1904982174
Binding: Paperback
Dimensions: 297 x 210 mm
Pages: 150
Illustrations: 83 colour, 120 halftone

The papers in this volume consider the existence and preservation of modern materials in the textile field. This publication presents modern textiles as a subject in its own right and the content is intentionally multidisciplinary to demonstrate the wide spectrum of subjects involved in their preservation. Papers are authored by artists, curators, anthropologists, conservation scientists and conservators while topics cover the creation, collecting, interpretation, detrioration, analysis and conservation of synthetic materials associated with textiles.

Modern materials, whether as art or everyday objects, are the basis of the contemporary material world. Accordingly objects encountered within museums and collections increasingly represent a broad spectrum of materials whose preservation may be without precedent. Topics range from familiar textile types, such as costume, to more unusual applications in suitcases, wall hangings, furniture and theatre scenery. Some papers prompt the reader to reconsider what makes a textile modern.

These postprints are the second in a series of three volumes of papers emanating from the conferences of the AHRC Research Centre for Textile Conservation and Textile Studies, Textile Conservation Centre, University of Southampton. The themes for the preceding and succeeding volumes are:
-Scientific analysis of ancient and historic textiles: informing preservation, display and interpretation (Archetype 2005)
-Textiles and text: re-establishing the links between archival and object-based research (Archetype 2007)