Lectures & Workshops

Mannequin & Collection Workshops

SchaefferArts mannequin SchaefferArts offers a variety of workshops for museums and historical societies:

Basics of Safe Display on a Budget

SchaefferArts can help you safely display collections with workshops on how to retrofit what your institution may already own, such as dress forms, T-bar forms, and other display hardware.

Storage Basics

This workshop shows you simple storage tips for your textiles, such as making padded hangers, rolling flat textiles, and boxing fragile garments.

Dating Historic Dresses

Learn how clues in the construction of your historic garments can tell you when they were made.

Costume History Lectures & Workshops

SchaefferArts class Lectures on a wide variety of costume-related subjects from 18th – early 20th centuries are available, as are hands-on workshops on period techniques. Inquire for details.

Saturday, June 27, 2015, 1-2 pm,
Curator’s Gallery Talk,
The Portsmouth Athenaeum, Portsmouth, NH

Embellishments curator Astrida Schaeffer leads an exploration and discussion of the thirteen dresses on view.

Saturday, July 18, 1-2 pm,
Dress in Detail: A White Glove Tour,
The Portsmouth Athenaeum, Portsmouth, NH

Take part in an in-depth examination of three dresses on view in Embellishments: Constructing Victorian Detail, with guest curator Astrida Schaeffer. Get a look at construction inside and out.

Thursday, August 20, 7 -8 pm,
Lecture: High Fashion, Local Flavor: Social Positioning Through Dress in Seacoast NH,
The Portsmouth Athenaeum, Portsmouth, NH

In the early 1870s, a woman went for a stroll through Somersworth, NH wearing a high fashion bustled silk gown trimmed with ruffles, fringe, and more, looking like she’d stepped from the pages of the latest fashion news. Everyone who saw her could tell at a glance that she was a woman of importance. In fact she was only Celestia Freeman, a textile mill overseer’s wife, and she had made the dress herself.
The story behind the dress is that of the booming, innovative 19th century with all its new ideas and new possibilities: the invention and introduction of the sewing machine into the home, the creation of a commercial pattern industry, and the spread of fashion magazines across the nation. These things together gave women across social levels all they needed to turn dress into status. Celestia’s dress is the centerpiece of an exploration of how a woman of limited means could make the clothes that could make the woman.
With curator Astrida Schaeffer.

Saturday, October 3, 10 am-4 pm,
Victorian Trims & Embellishments Workshop,
The Portsmouth Athenaeum, Portsmouth, NH

Get inspired by 19th century gown embellishments with author and costume historian Astrida Schaeffer. Learn how the Victorians thought about design, and make a sampler of the piping, cording, pleating, ribbon work, applique and self-trim techniques that made their clothes fabulous. The class includes a visual tour of Victorian gowns, handouts, and hands-on instruction. Fee: $90, registration required.

Held in conjunction with Embellishments: Constructing Victorian Detail on view June 19-November 6, 2015.

Go to http://www.portsmouthathenaeum.org for directions.