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
Katrina Finch
on October 25th, 2019
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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
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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 Karen Finch, my mother, left to us a considerable archive containing: published and unpublished papers, photographs and slides, correspondence, diaries,… [Read more]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
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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
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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
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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]
Posted by
Katrina Finch
on April 11th, 2019
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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]
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Katrina Finch
on March 9th, 2019
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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
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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
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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
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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]
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