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

".......but most importantly, thank you very, very much for your wonderful work on the tapestry:
it looks splendid and I am absolutely delighted with it. You have apparently performed miracles.

My friends finally arrived to help uncrate it today - and they too were both amazed by the transformation and enchanted by the restored item.
It will be hung according to your meticulous instructions tomorrow. "

18th Century Belgian Tapestry
Client, Melbourne

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