I’ve been holding my class at the Design Center of Philadelphia University this semester. This is the fashion and textile schools study collection for their students and scholars. Recently I found a box of textiles (while looking for something else entirely) that was simply labeled 15th century. Upon inspection Sarah and I found (Sarah is the head of the Design Center) a box with approximately a dozen or so samples of textiles from the 15th and 16th century (there are a few 17th century in there too). Most were brocades, some were silk velvets and they ranged in scale from clothing use to full on wall hangings.
In any case some are in need of a lot of care, which costs money the Center does not have. So here is the deal, as a fund raiser they have agreed to host a small hands on exhibition of these textiles. This means that those who go can examine them up close, in detail for a long duration (maybe two hours total for the tour). The whole box will be pulled (I think). And yes, photos, sketches, magnifying glasses are all welcome. Go ahead and count the threads per inch, its fine.
The tour will be approximately 10-20 folks and since its a fund raiser it will be somewhere between $50-100 a person. The money will go directly to helping these textiles get better housing in larger boxes and for some flat preservation. They are not in a position to pay for or do restoration of them at this time.
So here is how this will work for now: I will get the assession sheets and publish them to the website so you can tell if you want to join us. I will post tiny thumb nails to go with them where I can.
We will work out a time and date (I hope for a weekend) to do the tour. Once we have that I will accept on a first-come-first-served-basis names for the list. I will provide an opening date and time for this list so everyone gets a chance. I will post when it is closed. If there is more demand than space there will be a waiting list and maybe a second tour. When you come you will need to bring a check for the design center. The details will be posted soon.
I am willing to provide some crash space for out of towners who might like to join us as well.
UPDATES WILL BE POSTED TO THE PAGE FOR THE EVENT rather than on the main site. Please link to that page.