Conservator Suzanne Chee demonstrating invisible mannequin construction

Invisible mannequin workshop and tour

Duration: 4.5 hours
1 August 2018, 10am-2:30pm Museums Discovery Centre Book Tickets

This one-day program is specially designed for staff and volunteers of small museums and the collecting sector. The program includes a workshop and tour with light lunch included. In a two and a half hour workshop MAAS textiles conservator Suzanne Chee will demonstrate how to make a popular style of ‘invisible mannequin’, favoured for displaying historic garments and swimwear. Through-out this workshop helpful conservation tips for displaying garments will be discussed. Suzanne will demonstrate two different techniques for making ‘invisible mannequins’: using strips of linen/canvas resembling papier-mâché and Fosshape, a synthetic fabric that heat shrinks into any shape you desire. Mannequin shapes appropriate for displaying both male and female garments and hats will be demonstrated.

The workshop will be followed by a one-hour tour of the Display Store lead by a MAAS registrar. Participants on this tour will gain behind the scenes access and knowledge on how this new facility is designed to house objects for optimum conditions. The Display Store provides an example of best practice collection management.

Registration + tea/coffee: 9:30 – 10:00
Invisible Mannequins: 10:00 – 12.30
Lunch mixed sandwiches (gluten free bread available): 12:30 – 1:30
Storage tour: 1:30 – 2:30


MAAS Member Adult50.00
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