An investigation of 3D technologies applied to historic textiles for improved understanding, conservation and engagement
Fragile embroidered textiles require protection from overexposure and control of environmental conditions to avert deterioration. Enclosed display cases provide the necessary measures to protect such historic textiles but obstruct access and reduce the possibilities for interpretation and engagement. This research proposal is designed to work with the collection of Stuart embroideries at The Holburne Museum in Bath alongside the curatorial and digital learning teams to contribute to the understanding of the stumpwork embroideries’ manufacture and conservation while providing new avenues for engagement and overcome the glass box experience.
The first stage of the project will investigate the methodological approach to the recording of historic textiles with affordable custom scanning systems using a combination of photogrammetry and photometric stereo techniques. This unique combined approach, developed at the CFPR for the capture of artworks, will allow the accurate recording of both colour and intricate surface shape of fabric surfaces in high-quality. This method will provide the necessary image sets to document and monitor in high-resolution and generate digital and physical outputs for public engagement activities.
The second stage of the research will produce innovative outputs for facilitating engagement with the embroideries. Data generated for conservation and documentation purposes will be exploited for educational programmes, to provide inclusive access for e.g., visually impaired visitors and enable virtual access to The Holburne Museum embroideries. This project will revitalise the material aspect of textiles, through the production of accessible digital and tactile outputs.