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Staff List

Alexandra Barlow, Assistant Conservator, is currently assisting with the conservation treatment of a 17th-century Mortlake tapestry from the collection of the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. She received her MA in fashion and textile studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology and her BA in anthropology from San Francisco State University. Her master's thesis focused on the conservation treatment and historical importance of an early 19th-century block-printed cotton dress. While completing her master's degree, Alexandra held a graduate internship position in The Costume Institute's Conservation Department.
Julia Carlson, Assistant Conservator, started working at The Met in 2010 as a conservation assistant for the reopening of the Islamic galleries. She is currently working on Safavid carpets. Her interests include Islamic textiles and dress, modern textiles, weaving, and conservation cleaning methods. She has interned at the Ratti Textile Center, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and the American Museum of Natural History. She holds a BA from Skidmore College in art history and studio art and an MA in fashion and textile studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
 

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Cristina Carr, Conservator, has a BA in the history of art and architecture from Barnard College, and has completed requirements for an MA in art history at Hunter College, CUNY. She joined the Department of Textile Conservation in 1979 as an assistant restorer, and has worked with textiles belonging to most of the curatorial departments, coordinating the installation of textiles in numerous exhibitions. She has published in both traditional print format and online venues, and has initiated a Pinterest account for the department. Cristina is particularly interested in seamlessly integrating digital media with traditional museum practices.
 

Selected Publications:

  • Carr, Cristina Balloffet. "The Close Examination of Textiles." ICOM-CC Textile Working Group Newsletter 35 (January 2014): 19–20.
  • –––. "The Materials and Techniques of English Embroidery of the Late Tudor and Stuart Eras." In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. Accessed March 21, 2013.
  • –––. "Materials and Techniques of Secular Embroideries." In English Embroidery from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1580–1700: 'Twixt Art and Nature, edited by Andrew Morrall and Melinda Watt, 99–106. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2008.
Giulia Chiostrini, Associate Conservator, joined The Met in 2010 after a two-year study of medieval tapestry conservation techniques as the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Department of Textile Conservation. She is currently the liaison textile conservator for the Robert Lehman Collection. She is also collaborating in the conservation and mounting of historic textiles from the departments of Medieval Art, Islamic Art, and European Sculpture and Decorative Arts for display, storage, and travel. In 2001, Chiostrini graduated from the Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, Italy, in restoration and conservation of ancient textiles. In 2016, she earned an MA in the Medieval and Renaissance Studies program at Columbia University.
 

Selected Publications:

  • Chiostrini, Giulia. "The Abduction of Helen: Uncovering the Technical Features of a Monumental Embroidery Hanging from the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art." In Monumental Treasures, Preservation and Conservation, XX NKF Congress 21–23 October 2015, Helsinki, Finland, 68–77. Helsinki: Libris Oy, 2015.
  • –––. "Differing Interpretations of the Authenticity of an Ushak Carpet from The Metropolitan Museum of Art." In Authenticity and Replication: The 'Real Thing' in Art and Conservation, edited by Rebecca Gordon, Erma Hermens, and Frances Lennard, 37–48. London: Archetype, 2014.
  • Chiostrini, Giulia, et. al. "Redeeming Pieter Coecke van Aelst's Gluttony Tapestry: Learning from Scientific Analysis." Metropolitan Museum Journal 49 (2014): 151–164.
Kathrin Colburn, Conservator, joined The Met in 1990. She is responsible for the textiles and tapestries from the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters as well as late antique textiles in the Museum's collection. Prior to her appointment, she was a textile conservator at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Kathrin received her training at the Abegg-Stiftung. Her research includes the technological aspects of late antique and early medieval textiles from Egypt. Her contributions were an integral part of exhibitions such as Designing Identity: The Power of Textiles in Late Antiquity (2016) and New Discoveries: Early Liturgical Textiles from Egypt, 200–400 (2015).
 

Selected Publications:

  • Colburn, Kathrin. "A Closer Look at Textiles from the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Materials and Techniques." In Designing Identity: The Power of Textiles in Late Antiquity, edited by Thelma K. Thomas, 126–141. New York: The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University and Princeton University Press, 2016.
  • –––. "Materials and Techniques of Late Antique and Early Islamic Textiles Found in Egypt." In Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition, edited by Helen C. Evans with Brandie Ratliff, 161–164. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012.
  • –––. "Three Fragments of the Mystic Capture of the Unicorn Tapestry." In Metropolitan Museum Journal 45 (2010): 97–106.
Emilia Cortes, Conservator, has been responsible for the Department of Egyptian Art's textile collection since 1995 and a member of the Museum's archaeological expedition to Dahshur, Egypt, since 2001. She is also responsible for the Department of Greek and Roman Art's textile collection. She studied in Como and Florence, Italy, and trained in conservation at the Sala delle Bandiere of the Palazzo Vecchio, the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has been a board member of the North American Textile Conservation Conference since 2000 and served as chair of the 2015 conference. She is completing her MA in museum anthropology at Columbia University.
 

Selected Publications:

  • Cortes, Emilia. "From 'Weft Fringes' to 'Supplementary Weft Fringes': Thoughts and Discussion on their Weaving Evolution in Egyptian Textiles." In The Art and Culture of Ancient Egypt: Papers in Honor of Dorothea Arnold (Bulletin of the Egyptological Seminar 19), edited by Ogden Goelet and Adela Oppenheim, 199–218. New York: Egyptological Seminar of New York, 2015.
  • –––. "Recovering Contexts: The Roman Mummies Excavated by The Metropolitan Museum of Art at Dahshur, Egypt." In Dressing the Dead in Classical Antiquity, edited by Maureen Carroll and John Peter Wild, 75–88. Stroud, United Kingdom: Amberley, 2013.
  • Cortes, Emilia, and Dorothea Arnold. "Updating Winlock: An Appendix of Recent Scholarship." In Tutankhamun's Funeral, 67, 69, 70–71. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2010.
Laura Peluso, Assistant Administrator, manages the department's daily administrative needs, purchasing and financial record-keeping, and reference library, and also assists with editing and research. She has worked in the department since 2013. She holds a BS from Grove City College in business communication, and is completing her MA in fashion and textile studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Janina Poskrobko, Acting Conservator in Charge, is responsible for the textile and carpet collection of the Department of Islamic Art. She received an MA in the preservation and conservation of cultural heritage, with a specialization in conservation management, from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland, in 1986, 
and an MA from the museum studies program in textile and costume conservation at the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1997. She is currently a PhD candidate at her Polish alma mater, for which she is researching cross-cultural, artistic, and technical aspects of 17th- and 18th-century Persian, Turkish-Armenian, and Polish silk sashes.
 

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Libby Rosa, Associate Laboratory Coordinator, is responsible for maintaining the laboratory's environment and equipment and the conservation materials and tools. Libby holds a BFA and a certificate in environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a practicing artist in Brooklyn.
Yael Rosenfield, Associate Conservator, has worked at the Museum since 2007. She is liaison textile conservator for the Department of American Decorative Art, and is responsible for their care, preservation, and display. She has also worked extensively on Islamic textiles, particularly for the reopening of the Islamic galleries in 2011. The renowned Emperor's Carpet conservation project was her main focus for a period of three years. She is currently working on the historical and contemporary materials and techniques used to produce block-printed and painted textiles from India. She holds an MA in fashion and textile studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Kisook Suh, Associate Conservator, currently works on medieval tapestries from The Met Cloister's collection. Her previous work includes the preparation of textiles for the reopening of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asian, and Later South Asian galleries. She received her MA in museum studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and was the recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon Conservation Fellowship for her research on East Asian embroideries. She previously worked at the National Folk Museum of Korea, focusing on both archaeological and historical costume and textile collections. She is interested in researching previous repairs on textiles, as well as practices of restoration and reconstruction.
 

Selected Publications:

  • Suh, Kisook. "Conservation of a Safavid Persian Carpet Fragment: Two Different Approaches to Treatment in 1980 and 2010." In Textile Specialty Group Post-prints, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works 39th Annual Meeting, 81–85. Philadelphia: A.I.C., 2011.
  • Suh, Kisook. "The Documentary Value of Repairs to the Hwarot, the Korean Bridal Robe." In Textile Society of America Symposium Proceedings — Textile Narratives and Conversations, 79–87. Toronto: Textile Society of America, 2006.
Olha Yarema-Wynar, Associate Conservator, is responsible for the conservation of textiles from the Department of Arms and Armor and the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Art's tapestries collection. She holds an MFA in decorative and applied arts from the Lviv National Academy of Arts. In 2012, she defended her PhD in museology and cultural studies at National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv. Her thesis topic was "Western European Tapestries of the 16th–19th Centuries from the Collection of the Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko Museum of Art: Manufacturing Technology and Methods of Conservation, Preservation, and Museumification." She was appointed associate conservator in 2013.
 

Selected Publications:

  • Now at The Met: Olha Yarema-Wynar, "The Boreas and Orithyia Tapestry Viewed Through the Prism of a Textile Conservator"
  • Yarema-Wynar, Olha. "Гобелен "Зустріч Давида" з колекції Національного музею мистецтв імені Богдана та Варвари Ханенків.Стан збереження, консервація та експонування." ("The "Meeting of David" tapestry from the collection of the Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko Museum of Arts. Preservation and conservation.") Праці Центру пам’яткознавства 21 (2012): 166–177.
  • Yarema-Wynar, Olha. "Ярема-Винар О.С. Дослідження та послідовність етапів консервації гобелена "Збирання манни "(кінець XVI ст) з Метрополітен-музею." ("Research and conservation plan for the "Gathering of Manna" tapestry (End of 16th century, Metropolitan Museum Collection.") Музейний вісник. Науково- теоретичний щорічник 11 (2011): 41–53.
Florica Zaharia, Conservator in Charge Emerita, joined the department in 1988 and has been leading the department since 2003, working with a group of world-renowned textile conservators. She has researched, published, lectured, curated exhibitions, and taught on the subjects of textile materials and technology, Eastern European textiles, and textile conservation and preservation. She holds an MA with a specialization in tapestry and textile structure and design, and a PhD in visual arts with a focus on textile materials and technologies, from the Bucharest National University of Art's Nicolae Grigorescu Institute of Fine Arts.
 

Selected Publications:

  • Zaharia, Florica. "Minimal Intervention Approach in Textile Conservation Practice at the Department of Textile Conservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art." In Consiliul Judeţean Sibiu/Complexul Naţional Muzeal Astra Journal Cibinium 2014, 145–158. Sibiu, Romania: Astra Museum, 2014.
  • –––. "The Department of Textile Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Textiles Specialty Group Post-prints, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works 37th Annual Meeting, 66–76. Los Angeles: A.I.C., 2009.
  • –––. Textile Traditionale din Transilvania Tehnologie si Estetica. (Aesthetic and Technological Considerations Related to the Traditional Wool, Hemp and Linen Textiles made in Some Ethnographic Areas of Transylvania.) Suceava, Romania: Accent Print, 2008.