Artwork © Andre Lanoux 2015. Commissioned by Edward Maeder.

Karen Finch was a leading advocate for textile conservation worldwide, transforming the profession through her teaching, workroom practice and writing. She founded the Textile Conservation Centre which became a leading institute for education and research, where pioneering advances were made in the remedial conservation of tapestries, painted silk banners, upholstered furniture and archaeological textiles.

Karen’s aim that conservation should preserve historical information led to a strong emphasis on technical documentation and preventative care. She believed in a collaborative approach bringing together conservators, curators and scientists in the understanding of textiles as historical documents.

Karen’s textile pursuits were broad; her personal engagement with textiles started with design and weaving, leading on to a profound interest in historical techniques and the meaning of textiles in daily life.

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  • Thank you Alan for summing up the course of Søster´s moving to Walthamstow! Are you going to the allotment today! To Epping forest? 8th of May 2020 Ruth Sinding on Karen’s room May 8th, 2020 ● 6:15am
  • Absolutely fantastik !!!!!!!! Marie in Sweden Marie Ivarsson Norell on Tribute to Karen Finch from Philip Sykas June 13th, 2019 ● 9:45am
  • To my dearest cousin Katrina Many congratulations on this great artwork: The “KarenFinch” – website:-) Without Your unstoppable, energetic, loving devotion, and huge effort, highly supported by Your lovely husband Alan and others (no one forgotten) it would never have been possible. I hope lots of interested followers will love to have a view into Karen Finchs life both with or without the topic concerning textiles. My aunt, Karen, gave me so much both love and affection, but also deep inspiration and curiosity about being and living in this world. With much love to all my English relatives in Walthamstow, and especially to Katrina for being here still, “alive and kicking” from TINA Tina Sinding Møller Dam on Welcome to Karen Finch Textiles! May 27th, 2019 ● 12:25pm