Textile conservation adviser, Textile Conservation Studio, Norfolk
Our most precious and historic textiles often pass through the hands of Ksynia Marko and her dedicated team of conservators in the Textile Conservation Studio, in a converted barn in Norfolk.
Following a degree in Textiles at Goldsmiths’ College, Ksynia worked in the Textile Conservation Department at the Victoria & Albert Museum. She then ran her own highly successful Textile Conservation Studio in London, before joining us as manager of the studio in 1991.
The Trust’s important collections of carpets and tapestries are all highly sensitive to light, heat, moisture and dirt. Under Ksynia’s expert eye, their cleaning, repair and preservation is best achieved using a combination of sophisticated modern technology and good old-fashioned and meticulous needlework.
Ksynia says: "My strength is in problem solving. At the V&A, I learnt not to be frightened of objects and to be very practical. There's always something you can come up with."
Given her specialist role, Ksynia has featured in several lifestyle magazines and also on local radio and in short films. Her favourite place is Hardwick Hall. She says: "The building alone is fantastic and somewhat mysterious, and the textile collection is beautiful and of international significance. And there is still so much to learn."
You can follow the team's work on their blog and see a video of their work below.
To get in touch with Ksynia please contact our press office on 0844 800 4955.