Laura Mina, Associate Conservator of Textiles & Head of Textile Lab
Associate Conservator of Textiles & Head of Textile Lab
Affiliated Assistant Professor
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
Laura Mina joined Winterthur as the
Associate Conservator of Textiles and Head of Textile Lab in 2017. She is
responsible for the preservation, treatment, exhibition, and enhanced
understanding of textiles in the Winterthur Museum collection, which includes
over 20,000 objects with a particular depth in printed textiles, needlework,
furnishing fabrics, and quilts. As Affiliated Assistant Professor with WUDPAC,
Laura teaches the first year Textile Block and supervises second- and
third-year textile majors. Laura has also taught textile conservation classes
to undergraduates at the University of Delaware and graduate students at the
Fashion Institute of Technology.
Laura received an M.A. in Fashion and
Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice from the Fashion Institute of
Technology with a specialization in conversation, and a B.S. in Performance
Studies from Northwestern University. Her graduate thesis included the
treatment of a French 18th century man’s suit, with research on the
evolution of the garment’s cultural context and preservation.
Before joining Winterthur, Laura
spent three years as Associate Conservator with The Costume Institute at The
Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her previous experiences includes an Andrew W.
Mellon Fellowship in Costume and Textile Conservation with The Philadelphia
Museum of Art, as well as contracts with The Smithsonian Institution’s National
Museum of African American History and Culture, and Museum Conservation
Laura is a Professional Associate of
the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).
She has been a member of the Health & Safety Committee since 2015. She
served as the Program Chair (2016-2017) and Chair (2017-2018) of the Textiles
Specialty Group. Laura’s research interests include conservation ethics, the
cultural contexts of textiles, and the use of surfactants, chelators, and pH in
aqueous cleaning. She has published on the subjects of conservation ethics,
aqueous cleaning techniques, modern knit fabrics, and integrated pest management.
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