Linda Eaton, Winterthur Museum
Sunday, September 13, 2015Mini-exhibit: 10:30amLecture: 11:00amGould Theatre, Palace of the Legion of Honor
Legion of Honor
The late 18th century and early 19th century were the golden age of printed textiles, when advances in the development of chemical dyes, cotton ginning and textile manufacturing were at the forefront of the industrial revolution. Good design, however, was equally important and was highly valued by manufacturers, merchants and clients. The fabric designers generally remained anonymous until textiles designed by well known artists were promoted in the early 20th century.
Linda Eaton will present what she has learned about early textile designers and their backgrounds. She will relate their early textiles to the designers’ inspirations from the popular culture and fashions of their times. Ms Eaton will explore plagiarism and copyright, the challenges of attribution and dating textiles, especially as many of these early patterns have cycled in and out of fashion for more than 200 years.
Linda Eaton attended Vassar College and graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a bachelor’s degree combining studies in English literature and politics. She continued in the textile conservation program at Hampton Court Palace in conjunction with the Courtauld Institute of Art at London University. She subsequently served as a museum services officer for the Area Museums Service for South Eastern England. Ms Eaton headed north to serve as the senior textile conservator for the Scottish Museums Council and, later, head of textile conservation for the National Museums of Scotland. Beginning in 1991, Linda Eaton joined Winterthur as a textile conservator, senior textile curator and director of collections, as well as an adjunct associate professor at the University of Delaware.