Restoration: Creative Work by Textile Conservators & Restorers


July 17 – September 11, 2010

Unraveling Tradition + Restoration Catalog

Saturday, July 17, 6-8pm: Opening Reception
French village music with Stop S’Il Vous Plaît!

Opening Photos

Friday, July 23, 6-8pm: Open House for Convergence Gallery Crawl

Tuesday, July 20, 6:30pm: Panel Discussion
Intersection of Ancient & Contemporary in the Textile Restorer’s Studio
Join guest curator Rufus Cohen and artists Laura Center, Ilona Pachler, Joyce Hulbert and others to explore the connection between the ancient art on the work table and the creation of new work.
$5 suggested donation
walking distance from the Convergence conference
space is limited

Saturday, August 14, 4-6pm: Alley Art Mural Youth Reception

Restoration in the upstairs gallery is guest curated by Rufus Cohen, who brings together the work of ten artists from across the country who have worked as behind-the-scenes restorers of ancient and antique textile art.

For some of these artists, their art is an extension of the techniques of restoration. For example, Laura Center cards, spins and weaves reproductions of children’s drawings using Navajo Rug restoration techniques. For some, the concept of restoration-as-healing guides their conceptual work. Ilona Pachler composes with damaged and distressed fabric, bandaged and mounted to stretchers much as she would mount an ancient Andean fabric. In many cases, the aesthetic power of the antique textiles guides the artist’s exploration of color, composition and structure — such as in Bojana Leznicki’s modernist weavings. Some are immersed in the traditions they have preserved, such as Diné/Navajo rug weaver Jesse Henio; while others create new work that is a loose reflection of their restoration work, such as the copper-wire lacework by Kristal Hale.

As an exhibition, Restoration poses many questions: What is the connection between the preservation of ancient art and the creation of new artwork? In what ways do these artists of today become apprentices to the artists of the past? What is the relationship of maintenance to innovation? Is the restorer’s labor valued differently when they are creating their own work?

Featured artists:

Laura Center (New Mexico)
Frank Connet (Illinois)
Norma Cross (New Mexico)
Kristal Hale (California)
Jessie Hennio (New Mexico)

Joyce Hulbert (California)
Bojana Leznicki (New Jersey)
Ilona Pachler (New Mexico)
Kayla Paul (New Mexico)
Chris Rolick (California)


This exhibition is in conjunction with Convergence 2010 Albuquerque International Fiber Arts Conference (July 18-24) and runs concurrently with Unraveling Tradition in the downstairs gallery of 516 ARTS.

image above: Frank Connet, Veil 5, 2010, mokume shibori on wool, using indigo, walnut husks and black oak bark dyes, 82 x 43 inches