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
Katrina Finch
on April 11th, 2019
at 12.58pm
The Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History have published a blog post about the 2019 Open Day at the University of Glasgow. The very vivid account was written by Sarah Foskett and can be found here: http://textileconservation.academicblogs.co.uk/open-day-2019/ It is an annual delight for myself and my husband Alan to attend the open days, and to meet the students,… [Read more]
Posted by
Katrina Finch
on March 9th, 2019
at 12.54pm
In November 2015 Karen attended an event at the Travellers’ Club in Pall Mall with Katrina and Alan, at which she was presented with the Balfour of Burleigh Tercentenary Prize for Exceptional Achievement in Crafts. The prize, which was presented by the Lord and Lady Balfour of Burleigh, recognises those who have “demonstrated exceptional achievement in crafts and excellence in… [Read more]
Posted by
Katrina Finch
on March 9th, 2019
at 12.15pm
In 2015 a Montenegrin translation of Karen Finch and Greta Putnam’s 1977 book Caring for Textiles was published, with the permission and support of Karen. [Read more]
Posted by
Katrina Finch
on March 8th, 2019
at 9.12pm
In September 2015 Kirstie Buckland wrote a short profile of Karen which was published on the Knitting History Forum website. The full piece can be found here: http://knittinghistory.co.uk/knitting-history-profiles/dr-karen-finch/ [Read more]
Posted by
Katrina Finch
on March 8th, 2019
at 9.11pm
In August 2015 the Textile Conservation Foundation (TCF) established the Karen Finch Prize to mark the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Textile Conservation Centre. Karen was visited in Walthamstow by Clare Meredith, Frances Lennard, Nell Hoare, Geraldine Sim and Fiona Wain, who was the recipient of the prize in 2015. This prize is in addition to the already… [Read more]
Posted by
Katrina Finch
on March 5th, 2019
at 9.07pm
In May of 2015 Karen’s last big birthday party was held at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow. Old friends, family, former colleagues and students – including those who were recently awarded the Karen Finch Bursary by the TCC foundation – and local friends from Walthamstow all came to celebrate with Karen. One of the highlights of the day was… [Read more]
Posted by
Katrina Finch
on March 5th, 2019
at 6.08pm
Beginning in the early 2010s Madeleine Ginsburg and Karen Finch were very happy to offer their expertise as they helped other volunteers to index and catalogue the textile collection held in the Vestry House Museum. In October 2014 the team were awarded certificates for their work as volunteers in recognition of their useful work. Members of the team included Karen,… [Read more]
Posted by
Katrina Finch
on March 5th, 2019
at 6.01pm
Members of the Selskabet for Kirkelig Kunst (The Society of Ecclesiastical Art) had been recommended by a Danish friend of Karen’s, Lone de Hemmer Egeberg, to visit Karen’s home in Walthamstow, where they could enjoy viewing Karen’s gold collection. The group consisted of Lizzi Damgaard (manager and embroiderer), Berthe Bramsen (embroiderer), Anne Nielsen (secretary) and Sophie Bramsen (tailor). They were… [Read more]
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