Mary Jose Textile Conservator

Mary Jose — Textile Conservator

Mary Jose, proprietor of the Fabric of Life, has a lifelong passion for textiles and a career spent mastering the art of textile conservation.

A world-renowned textiles expert, she has served notable museums, galleries, private institutions and collectors since 1984 in Australia, Asia and the UK.

She is dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of irreplaceable textiles and the cultural heritage they represent, whether for a large client or any individual who wants to preserve or procure a treasured piece.

“Textiles provide an affordable work of art that adds a unique warmth and richness to a home or commercial building.“

Mary Jose, Director of Fabric of Life


Mary's conservation clients
Mary has worked as a textile conservator for over 25 years, providing services to public museums and galleries, corporations and private collectors both in Australia and internationally.

Clients have included:
The Australian National Gallery
The Art Gallery of South Australia
Queensland Art Gallery
National Museum of Scotland
Urrbrae House
Adelaide Festival Centre
Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society
David Roche Foundation
Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
Ernabella Arts Inc

"Mary Jose, textile conservator at the “Fabric of Life”, returned the restored verandah chair to Urrbrae House. Mary has done a magnificent job which was funded by a donation from the Urrbrae House snooker group led by Richard Wells. The Friends of Urrbrae House committee has agreed to fund the conservation of the second verandah chair which is now being undertaken by Mary Jose. Mary has done some excellent conservation work for the house over the years, which has included tub chairs in the library and curtains in the drawing room."

Urrbrae House, University of Adelaide
Curator, Urrbrae House
University of Adelaide


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