I am a bilingual (Russian and English) conservator and researcher, specialising in the conservation and interpretation of textiles & dress, other mixed media collections, notably ethnographic. I have Masters level research training (MA Hist, MA Cons), and a particular interest in anthropologically informed approaches to museum practice.
The earlier phase of my career was in project management in the field of cultural/linguistic adaptations of products, documentation and management of archives, and I have transferred my project management skills to my work in heritage preservation.
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Email: lubadnurse gmail.com
My most recent project: reopening of the Weltmuseum Wien, Austria.
2018 – guest professor, conservation, Academy of Fine Arts, Bratislava. Two courses ‘Understanding Objects’ and ‘Preventive Conservation’, 2nd semester 2018.
independent research: construction and function of historic Maori clothing, in collaboration with Dr Patricia Wallace. This has been ongoing since 2015, as a follow up from my MA thesis in 2007 ‘Conservation of a rare Maori cloak made from the leaves of Celmisia and fibres of Phormium tenax: Maori taonga in the context of the Economic Botany Collection, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’.
2015-2017 – Worldmuseum Vienna, lead object conservator for 2 galleries, Into a New World, and Museomania. – analysis, object based research, treatments, display solutions. Also: Setting up mountmaking and conservation workflows, supervision of external conservators, students and technicians, material testing, designing and making of mounts for historic garments. Solutions for representation of the Native American garments and Maori garments on display.
2013-2015 – independent conservator and researcher. work included: contract at Hampton Court Palace, Historic Royal Palaces, Somerset House (Isabella Blow Fashion Galore), Imperial War Museum, Whitechapel Gallery, Technical Museum Vienna.
2012-2013 – Conservation centre Vejle, Denmark, regional responsibility for textile and dress collections (archaeology, ethnography, decorative arts, early synthetic fabrics). Collection storage and preventive conservation, training of volunteers.
2011-2012 -A W Mellon Research Fellow, Conservation Research, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, department of Arts of Africa, Oceania and The Americas.
2009-2011 – A W Mellon Fellow, Conservation Research, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution.
2006-2009 – independent conservator and researcher, while studying MA Hist and MA Cons, Textile Conservation Centre, University of Southampton. project included: Economic Botany Collection/Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Victoria & Albert Museum.
2002-2006 – Whitchurch Silk Mill, Hampshire, UK. Project coordinator for Oral History Project. Design and production of historic reproduction silk fabrics for historic properties, period drama productions, interiors. Preservation of the 19th century production machinery.
1994-2002 – project manager, archival and content management systems, localisation and cultural product adaptation. Oracle Corp., Motorola Corp. and Xerox Corp.
1992-1995 – editor, publishing house Komplekt St. Petersburg, Russia. Translation of P. Ouspensky ‘The Fourth Way’.
1988-1995 – apprentice and assistant to theater designer and scenographer Tatiana Spasolomskaya, set design model making.
Memberships: ICOM CC, IIC, CIETA.