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Zenzie Tinker
Past event

Zenzie Tinker – Textile Conservation

Expert textile conservator, Zenzie Tinker, will join us for Leeds Castle’s Design Month to share insight into the world of textile conservation, and to showcase original 1930s textiles not currently on show to the public.

Over the last decade, Zenzie and her Brighton based team have provide textile conservation services to Leeds Castle. During the talk, Zenzie will share insights into her role in the care and refurbishment of the historic interiors, as she describes some of her fascinating projects at the Castle.

Zenzie will also discuss the conservation and restoration of the beautiful Cream Silk Drawing Room as well as the conservation of one of the Castle’s 18th Century beds.

Finally, she will talk about the treatment of Lady Baillie’s only known surviving costume – a couture gown by Norman Hartnell, and comparing this with their recent involvement in the exciting re-presentation of the Castle’s interiors, using dynamic costumed mannequins to help bring the Castle to life. Following the talk, Zenzie will host a Q&A session.

During the expert talk, you will learn about:

– Learn of the process of textile conservation and what is involved
– The conservation of the 1920’s Boudin scheme silk lambrequin, set against the background of the rewoven silk wall coverings at Leeds Castle
– The current conservation of the 18th cream silk embroidered bed which includes replacement elements along with the major conservation of the head cloth and tester valance
– The conservation of Lady Baillie’s only surviving original dress, the Norman Hartnell dress and jacket which is not currently on display to the public
– The latest dynamic mannequins use to bring costume and life back into the Castle
– The talk starts at 10.30am and will last for one hour and a half

This talk is included in the price of your admission ticket, however we do require all those interested in participating to sign up via the link provided.