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

Please feel free to join the discussion by using the comments section at the bottom of each blog post.

Posted by
James Bulman-May
on May 20th, 2021
at 10.22pm
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Karen's centenary

The warp and woof On the 100th birthday of my aunt Karen Finch née Sinding Møller, I would like to honour her achievements and independent spirit. I was fortunate to have Aunt Karen in London, and more so because she shared her home with family and friends. To me, these sentences still resound with the magic of holidays, a sense… [Read more]
Posted by
Katrina Finch
on May 8th, 2021
at 9.26pm
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Karen's centenary

To: Karen; Alan; Ellen-May and Ayesha (who is celebrating her 40th birthday). 8th May is a magical date in our family calendar, believing as we do that sharing a birthday date confers a special relationship between people and families. Despite not being with us, Karen remains at the heart of this day of celebration. Happy birthdays! [Read more]
Posted by
Alan Cohen
on May 8th, 2021
at 9.24pm
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Karen's centenary

Karen’s vision of textile conservation always had a very strong international dimension. As part of Karen’s Centenary, we are publishing an interactive map showing the global reach of Karen’s teaching at the Textile Conservation Centre. The map shows the country of origin of many of her students, and provides some information about their later careers. We would welcome updates and… [Read more]
Posted by
Philip Sykas
on May 8th, 2021
at 9.12pm
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Karen's centenary

“The folk custom of hanging funeral garlands in churches was one of many topics that would have been raised in the wide-ranging discussions that generally followed Karen Finch’s weekly lectures to first year students on the Textile Conservation course in 1980/81. Customs involving textile objects that connect our lives to a more distant past formed a persistent undercurrent to our… [Read more]
Posted by
Joshua Cohen
on May 8th, 2021
at 11.28am
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Karen's centenary

My mormor (mother’s mother in Danish) would have been 100 years old today. How she would have loved to get a letter from the Queen on her birthday! We joked about it many times, especially after she turned 90. She knew that she and I held very different views about the royal family and that was part of the joke.… [Read more]
Posted by
Katrina Finch
on May 6th, 2021
at 2.12pm
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Karen's centenary

It was just by chance in 2017 that I came across a reference to the Oral History Project of the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) in an issue of the IIC’s (International Institute for Conservation) journal. It mentioned undertaking an oral history with Karen. Dr Joyce Hill Stoner was mentioned as leading the project. With remarkable efficiency… [Read more]
on May 5th, 2021
at 3.30pm
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Karen's centenary

My sister would have been a hundred years old, had she still lived on May the 8th 2021. She was born at our farm in Jutland, Meldgaard, situated near a village, Rødding, to the north east of Viborg. She was the eldest of eight children and a beautiful child. My father said that he did not mind that she was… [Read more]
Posted by
Alan Cohen
on May 4th, 2021
at 7.42pm
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Karen's centenary

When Karen came to live with us in Bisterne Avenue in 2004, she was still fairly mobile despite very severe arthritic pains in her back and hips. In those early days, it was not unknown for her to pick up her crutches and walk on her own round the block - no mean enterprise considering that we live at the… [Read more]
Posted by
Alan Cohen
on April 28th, 2021
at 10.51pm
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Karen's centenary

To mark this year of Karen’s centenary, we begin the publication of the regular lectures which Karen gave as principal of the Textile Conservation Centre in Hampton Court Palace between 1975 and 1986. The introductory lecture, and the Appendices that follow, provide us with a good flavour of Karen’s approach to textile conservation and its teaching. The main sub-headings of… [Read more]
Posted by
Katrina Finch
on April 6th, 2021
at 2.08pm
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Karen's centenary

A lover of parties, the biggest party possible thrown in her name would have been Karen's dream. But of course the pandemic has ruled out that option. Many people have approached us about whether a memorial encounter was being planned and sadly the answer is no, but maybe one day. But what we are doing is focusing on her website… [Read more]
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