S09E08: Dyes in Conservation

Together with special guest host Alison Lister we explore the process of dyeing fabrics for textile conservation: from why we do it to the secret of a good colour match. Also tune in for an interview with Laura Peters about her dye research, and a review of ’The Diversity of Dyes in History and Archaeology’ from Kloe.

00:39 Our experiences with dyes
09:49 Artistry vs repeatability in colour matching
12:08 Barriers to novice dyers and Jenny’s conundrum
14:03 When not to dye and what to do instead
15:55 The process of dyeing
21:37 Interview with Laura Peters
31:47 Conservators are creatures of habit
34:07 The kit you need
35:15 Natural vs synthetic dyes
38:33 Research questions for students
41:08 Alison shares some dye hacks
47:29 Review: The Diversity of Dyes in History and Archaeology
52:10 Patreon shout out

Show Notes:
– Alison’s company: https://textileconservationlimited.co.uk/
– Information on LANASET dyes: https://www.textile-dyes.co.uk/lanaset.pdf
– A little bit about the Textile Conservation Centre (now Centre for Textile Conservation): https://www.tccfoundation.org.uk/centre-for-textile-conservation
– Get in touch with Laura: https://www.th-koeln.de/personen/laura.peters/
– Conservation in Colour symposium postprints: https://www.icon.org.uk/asset/4C8851C0-0209-4C1C-907647C9FC0E408E/
– ’Evaluation of the dyes used in conservation and restoration of archaeological textiles’ article: https://www.academia.edu/19973882/Evaluation_of_the_dyes_used_in_conservation_and_restoration_of_Archaeological_textiles
– The Diversity of Dyes in History and Archaeology: https://archetype.co.uk/our-titles/the-diversity-of-dyes/?id=255

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Hosted by Jenny Mathiasson, Kloe Rumsey, and Alison Lister.

Intro and outro music by DDmyzik used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

Made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license.

A Wooden Dice production, 2021.


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