Master of Science in Conservation, department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
After completing my Bachelor in conservation at the Fine Art school in Avignon, France, I joined the Conservation Master program at Gothenburg University, with a specialization in conservation of historical and religious textiles. My education in this field until then had been mostly theoretical, so it was important to me to improve my practical skills in object conservation. SVK was the perfect environment for this purpose, I joined their textile conservation department for five months, where I was guided by experienced textile conservators in a learn and work context. Starting from the basics of textile conservation, I was able to learn techniques in sewing conservation, the dying of cotton and silks, photography and documentation of the objects, condition reports and mounting techniques to name a few. I was able to work on a wide range of objects, from church textiles to my final large-scale project: the conservation of a men's tailcoat from the 1790s, which was an amazing opportunity and great privilege. As I gained new skills and confidence in my work I was able to take initiative and organize my own work days with a certain amount of independence, always under the helpful eye of my supervisors. SVK and all those who work there truly made me feel welcome and I will always be grateful for the interesting and fun experiences I had there.