ROM Daytime: Defying Gravity: Display Techniques for the Textiles & Costume Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum

In their roles as Collection Technicians for the Textiles and Costume section, Kristiina Lahde and Karla Livingston work with the pressures of limited time, resources, and a high volume of materials in order to defy gravity. The complexity of displaying diverse costume and textile collections is challenging. These limp and shapeless objects need to be carefully animated, and brought to life within a static museum display, so that the visitor can clearly see their materials and forms. A standardized range of display systems as well as a toolbox of mounting techniques has been developed to help economize resources and time. Kristiina and Karla have established museum-wide textile and costume display systems to maximize flexibility and efficiency, employing standardized gallery colours, display fabrics, display stands and bases, magnetic display panels, and textile hanging systems. The toolbox of techniques can be drawn upon and customized with each individual textile or costume. Highlighted will be our use of magnets in mounting textiles, costume, and accessories for the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume.

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ROM Daytime: Defying Gravity: Display Techniques for the Textiles & Costume Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum

January 12, 2017

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Royal Ontario Museum

100 Queen s Park
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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