About RB Textile Conservation
Rebecca Beyth Stern is a conservator specializing in textiles located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. She will travel anywhere on the US. Rebecca has over 10 years experience in the conservation of carpets, tapestries, quilts, coverlets, bed covers, samplers, embroideries, flags, costume and other flat textiles. She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and currently a board member of the Textile Specialty Group of AIC.
After receiving her bachelors at the University of Delaware in Art Conservation and Anthropology, Rebecca earned her masters from the Fashion Institute of Technology in museum studies with a concentration in conservation. In addition to interning and working in numerous museums and conservation labs, Rebecca has worked for many different kinds of clients including museums, historical societies, historic houses and private clients. Recent projects have included a 16th century Islamic carpet, an 18th century embroidered bed cover, WWII Army Air-force maps and a heirloom chuppah.
Services provided include pre-treatment examinations, written condition reports and proposals, treatment discussion, exhibition and storage preparation, preventive conservation and treatment. Referrals to conservators working in other specialties are available if needed.
Photo Courtesy of The Textile Conservation Lab at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Photo Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Previous and Current Employers
• The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Preventive Conservator)
• The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Assistant Conservator)
• Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (Contract Conservator)
• The Textile Conservation Workshop (Kress Foundation Fellowship)
• The Museum at FIT (Graduate Intern)
• Bard Graduate Center (Contract Conservator)
• Private Clients
• American Institute of Conservation Annual Meeting, Miami May 2015
"Breaking Canvas: A Case Study on a French Embroidery"
• American Institute of Conservation Annual Meeting, Chicago May 2017
Presented at StashFlash on a mass rehousing project for a collections move