The blog is a place for Karen’s family and friends to post news and updates relating to her legacy and the textile world.

Posted by
Alan Cohen
on April 15th, 2020
at 11.45am
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Second anniversary of Karen's death

It’s two years since Karen died in her own room at our house in Walthamstow. I was there with Katrina and our cousin from Denmark, Tina, a highly qualified nurse who had come from Aarhus specially to help us through Karen’s final illness. Later that day our son Jacob came over and we read excerpts from the Tibetan Book of… [Read more]
Posted by
Joshua Cohen
on April 15th, 2020
at 10.23am
Second anniversary of Karen's death

During the last months of Karen’s life, I applied for a job at Aarhus University. Several months after she died, I was awarded the job and more than one person made the joke that Karen must have had a hand in this from the beyond. I’m not sure what I believe about life after death, but if anyone could have… [Read more]
Posted by
Philip Sykas
on April 15th, 2020
at 10.12am
Second anniversary of Karen's death

I just came across this letter from Karen, and was struck at once—not only by the network of scholars that she could effortlessly link together across geographies and generations—but by her long memory for objects and the questions they pose for us. Karen was given an unusual embroidered apron by Genitha Halsey around 1970, presented a conference paper on it… [Read more]
Posted by
Katrina Finch
on April 15th, 2020
at 9.31am
Second anniversary of Karen's death

I chose this extract from the oral history already published on Karen’s website because first of all I thought it would be heartwarming to hear my mother’s voice and secondly it provides a prescient and amusing adjunct to the recent registration of her gravestone by Viborg Museum. Katrina Finch Passage from the oral history interview conducted by The Foundation of… [Read more]
Posted by
Katrina Finch
on February 27th, 2020
at 6.39pm
The article below appeared in a Danish church magazine which writes about matters concerning the local area where Karen was born and represents the churches of Rødding, Løvel and Pederstrup. The nearest city to these villages/small towns is Viborg which has amongst other buildings, a cathedral and a museum. The museum has been responsible for extensive archaeological studies of the… [Read more]
Posted by
Katrina Finch
on October 25th, 2019
at 6.48pm
Karen Finch: Her Legacy Online

The following talk was given by Philip Sykas on June 6th 2019 as part of the Early Textiles Study Group's (ETSG) biennial conference, held in Glasgow and dedicated to the memory of Karen Finch. Click here for more information. One of Karen’s lectures, featured on the website, that will interest those studying Early Textiles is entitled “The History and Techniques… [Read more]
Posted by
Katrina Finch
on October 24th, 2019
at 1.30pm
Karen Finch: Her Legacy Online

This is the talk I gave on June 6th 2019 as part of the Early Textiles Study Group’s (ETSG) biennial conference, held in Glasgow and dedicated to the memory of Karen Finch. Click here for more information. 1. Home page. Karen Finch, my mother, left to us a considerable archive containing: published and unpublished papers, photographs and slides, correspondence, diaries,… [Read more]
Posted by
Katrina Finch
on April 13th, 2019
at 1.00pm
This website was designed and realized by Stephen Cole, who has put a huge amount of time and effort into preparing it, in constant discussion with Katrina, and with a little bit of further input from myself and friends. From the beginning, Stephen has always been willing to go beyond the call of duty in contributing his expertise, attention to… [Read more]
Posted by
Katrina Finch
on April 12th, 2019
at 1.01pm
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After a long period of gestation, we are proud to announce that this site is finally up and running. The opening coincides with the anniversary of Karen’s death on April 15 2018 – an anniversary that will be a poignant moment for all who knew her, but also a time to reflect on her legacy, which will continue to live… [Read more]
Posted by
Katrina Finch
on April 11th, 2019
at 1.03pm
I am delighted to share the news that the Early Textiles Study Group (ETSG) is dedicating their next biennial conference, to be held in Glasgow on 6th-7th June, to the memory of Karen, who they describe as a “visionary leader in textile conservation and research”. Philip Sykas and I are presenting a paper titled ‘Karen Finch: Her Legacy Online’ on… [Read more]
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