Custom Mannequins & Mounts
Mannequin Focused Exhibits
On-site Exhibit Preparations & Mannequin Dressing
Custom Mannequins & Mounts for Display
Custom built mannequins and mounts are made from Ethafoam to fit the artifact and support it with an armature. The Ethafoam mannequins are individually carved, covered with soft needle-punched batting, stockinette, and a display fabric when needed. When necessary, detachable arms are included. Mounts are constructed in the same manner with Ethafoam or from acrylic.
Spicer Art Conservation, LLC, with Small Corp, Inc., have developed a highly versatile mannequin form. The form is suitable for both female and male garments. Many of the illustrated forms below utilize the form. More can also be read at our blog, Inside the Conservator's Studio.
Mannequins Focused Exhibits
Spicer Art Conservation, LLC is able to construct large groups of custom built mannequins and mounts for entire exhibits. Past projects have included specifically designed forms of 33 mannequins each.
"Woven by the Grandmothers", National Museum of American Indian
"America by Air", National Air & Space Museum
More about the mannequins' construction can be found at their website. Also click here to read more.
The Trial of Red Jacket, at the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society.
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On Site Exhibit Preparations & Mannequin
For existing mounting systems that need to be retrofitted to exhibit your collections properly. For institutions that have costume collections that need to be exhibited on existing mannequin forms, Spicer Art Conservation, LLC will prepare your mannequins to properly fit their specific garments. Proper handling and dressing techniques are always used.