Located in North Falmouth, Massachusetts, Francis Textile Conservation LLC specializes in the preservation of historical, artistic, and heirloom textiles. Owner and conservator Kathy Francis’s extensive career in conservation includes 15 years in private practice, 8 years as Textile Conservator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and 8 years as Chief Conservator at the Textile Conservation Center, a regional conservation lab in North Andover/Lowell, Massachusetts. 

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Kathy works with museums, historical societies, galleries, and private owners of textile collections. She has broad experience in the treatment of early and historical textiles, archeological textiles, tapestries, wall hangings, needlework, samplers, flags & banners, quilts, decorative textiles, and modern/contemporary textile art. In addition to her conservation work Kathy is a respected textile conservation teacher and an active member of the professional conservation community. 

Kathy is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC). 
All work is performed in accordance with the AIC Code of Ethics.


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Institutional Clients

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
Fashion Institute of Technology, NY (Lecturer 2012-2014)
The Gracie Mansion Conservancy, New York, NY
Hagley Museum, Wilmington, DE
Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ
National Park Service, Adams National Historic Park, Quincy, MA
National Park Service, Lowell National Historic Park, Lowell, MA
National Park Service, Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park, NY
New York Historical Society
New York University (Adjunct Instructor 2006, 2009)
Princeton University Art Museum
Sea Girt Lighthouse, Sea Girt, NJ
Victoria and Albert Museum