This is Michelle Harper who gave a very informative and interesting talk on her work as a free lance textile conservator. Michelle is professionally accredited and is based in Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent and can honestly say that her working days are never alike. She has worked on diverse projects such as the mask worn by John Merrick, the elephant man, wall hangings in National Trust and British Hertiage properties as well as private assignments where family heirlooms are displayed to advantage. The example given was that of a corset that was mounted so that it is took on the natural shape of the female form! Michelle can be contacted at email@example.com for talks or commissions.
On the display table this month were items completed by Margaret Waring, the fourth in her series of granddaughter bags was proudly displayed. (Photo below) The colours were particularly subtle in this piece.