Crafternoon Tea with special guest speaker, Textile Conservator Mary Jose

Date: 25/9/21

1pm – 3pm

Price: $10

It’s our absolute pleasure to present Mary Jose speaking on the topic of Stitching History : The care and preservation of textiles

Bring along your craft in progress and join us for a Crafternoon tea complete with cups of tea and scones, creative company and special guest speaker, textile conservator Mary Jose from Fabric of Life.

Mary Jose has worked as a textile conservator for over 25 years, providing her services and expertise to public museums and galleries, corporations and private collectors both in Australia and internationally.

In her presentation, Mary will share how textiles are such familiar items to us all, but they are also one of the most vulnerable to damage whether from environmental causes or misuse.

Using case histories, Mary will talk about the different factors that can cause damage to textiles and the techniques conservators use to halt that damage and stabilize textiles for survival into the future.

Simple steps to help preserve your historic textiles or safe ways to display a treasured textile will be shared, along with how the choice of materials by textile makers can directly impact the longevity of their work.

This session will be taking place in the Blanket Room at Fabrik, look out for directional signage on the day. Mary Has been asked to prepare a 45 minute presentation and to allow for questions at the end of her presentation. The remaining time will be for crafting with fellow creative company.

Cups of tea and coffee, scones with jam and cream will be provided at this session, please bring along your craft-in-progress to continue on with throughout the crafternoon.

Please advise of any special dietary requirements directly to, we are happy to accommodate.

Participants are asked to comply with all State Government COVID-19 restrictions and requirements applicable at the time of the workshop. Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell.

Image with two teacups on one side and a woman looking at textiles on the other side.
Image on right courtesy of Mary Jose