THE MARSHFIELD SCHOOL OF WEAVING STUDY COLLECTION
The Marshfield School of Weaving Study Collection, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization created in January 2019 "to preserve the traditional textile tools used to produce hand-woven textiles and to instruct students and scholars in the use of such tools." The Collection houses tools de-accessioned from the American Textile History Museum, which were donated to the Marshfield School of Weaving and are now cared for by the Study Collection.
The Study Collection is managed by the Board of Directors, who are guided by a Collection Policy. Any receipts from sales of de-accessioned items are used solely for the purpose of the care of the collection and possible future acquisitions.
The Study Collection also provides scholarships to students for studying traditional tools and skills at the Marshfield School of Weaving. The scholarships are funded solely through donations and fund-raising efforts designated for that purpose.
The current Board of Directors includes:
Kate Smith - Professional Weaver and Dyer; Owner and Instructor - Marshfield School of Weaving; Owner – Eaton Hill Textiles; John Schratweiser - Director of Kent Count Arts Council in Chestertown, MD; Diane Howes – Professional Weaver and Spinner; Textile Tool Collector and Dealer; Master Weaver Certificate – Hill Institute; Celia Oliver – Textile Historian and Consultant; former Curator of Textiles – Shelburne Museum; Owner - Historic Textiles & Interiors; Justin Squizzero – Professional Weaver, Spinner and Dyer; Owner – The Burroughs Garrett.
OUR MISSION & PURPOSE
Our mission is to preserve the traditional textile tools used to produce hand woven textiles and to instruct students and scholars in the use of such tools. We offer educational opportunities and Scholarship assistance for study and research through both the Marshfield School of Weaving and the Marshfield Center for Textile Research.
THE STUDY COLLECTION DATA BASE
One of our 2018 work study students, Mathilde Lind, began the time consuming process of entering all of the artifacts that we received from ATHM on the Omeka data base. She focused primarily on the Joan Cummer spinning wheel pieces but also made a start on the other wheels in our collection. We are hoping to continue Mathilde's work this coming year and have all the other equipment and library entered in. To access the data base go to: https://marshfieldschoolofweaving.omeka.net/