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Watch This Textile Conservator Repair and Clean Bead Embroidered Stage Costumes | ASMR at the V&A Museum of Art and Design

Remember TheCrafsMan SteadyCraftin videos I have shared before? This wonderful craft instructor has a soothing voice which makes his instructional videos a joy to listen to.  Rather like Bob Ross's painting videos.

Indeed, the soft-spoken Bob Ross' videos are the most common examples of ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response).  Something to sooth our stressed existence!

Alison Mooney and Jason Klein from ThinkGoogle explain it best :
Coined in 2010, ASMR is a relaxing, often sedative sensation that begins on the scalp and moves down the body. Also known as "brain massage," it's triggered by placid sights and sounds such as whispers, accents, and crackles.
It is a popular and fast growing Youtube trend!  These videos are best listened to with headphones. 

The Victoria and Albert Museum of Art and Design have gotten into the act. Watch how the gentle voiced Senior Textile Conservator, Susana Fajardo works on repairing and cleaning two bead embroidered costumes.

The first ASMR video is the careful repair of a dress - or rather the underdress of a stage outfit worn by Sandie Shaw, who represented the UK,  at the Eurovision Song contest way back in 1967. The V&A include a color picture towards the end showing the original dress which was designed by London based Parker Costumer Ltd. You can also see detailed views of the dress and its exhibit location here

She has a great deal of patience!

The conservator also worked on cleaning this heavily sequined white faced clown costume from 1950. The clown costume was worn by Jackie Sloan, a clown who worked in various circuses until the 1960's. It was designed and made in Atelier Vicaire, Paris. You can see more detailed photos of the costume and its exhibit location here

One witty comment on this video (it sometimes pays to look at Youtube comments):
"Conserving a clown costume” is what I call it when I’m doing my laundry.

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  1. Although I haven't had the pleasure of visiting the Victoria and Albert Museum of Art, I have been a fan for a long time.

    1. Perhaps you will be able to visit one day! People who live in London are so lucky as they can visit their regular exhibitions.

  2. I watch her brush those sequins that were probably (?) handsewn and I'm amazed at such a creation! how does one get a job creating costumes like that!?


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