Michael Marendy is a highly respected and experienced fashion and textiles conservator and curator, based in Brisbane. Michael has worked in a conservation capacity for various institutions for many years, including the Queensland Museum, Museum of Brisbane, Queensland Women’s Historical Association, and Queensland Art Gallery, among others. In recent years Michael has broadened his conservation work to also include successful curatorial projects, most notably In Fashion: Dressing up Brisbane (2009), and Gwen Gillam: Dressed by the Best (2012/13).
He completed an MSc (clothing and textiles) at the University of Alberta, Canada in 1988, and in 2001 he received a PhD from Griffith University. His doctoral study focussed on the work of significant local dressmakers and designers, including Mrs. Janet Walker, and Miss Margaret Scott, and was one of the first of its kind in Australia. In 1996 Michael was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to develop his professional skills. This award allowed him to travel to the textile conservation laboratory at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and gain valuable hands on experience for several months.
Michael has served on education, fashion, museum and textile related professional bodies and advisory committees, and has presented papers both nationally and internationally. Michael continues to carry out textile conservation treatments and workshops, and is a renowned public speaker. He has been responsible for stabilising many significant garments and textiles within numerous public collections.
Most recently Michael has undertaken conservation work on the California Design, and Quilts exhibitions for the Queensland Art Gallery. In particular, Michael worked closely on the special display of local quilter Ruth Stonely’s work, A Stitch in Time.
Published in Issue 6, on November 5, 2013.