Melbourne-based cultural materials conservator Rosie H. Cook has a long history of engagement with art and culture. Building upon a French Baccalaureate in the History of the Arts, Rosie studied Chinese and Art History at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. After her 2006 BA in the History of Art and Archaeology of Africa and Asia, Rosie continued to study, work and travel in the Asia-Pacific region, living in China, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and Australia. In 2016 she graduated from the University of Melbourne’s Masters of Cultural Materials Conservation, winning the Alexander Copland Award for Best Conservation Minor Thesis. Following a 2017 Asialink Arts Residency, Rosie has been involved with cultural heritage projects in Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and South Africa.
Building upon her own love of embroidery, Rosie’s specialisation is in textiles conservation, working in Melbourne, Taipei, Hong Kong and Kaohsiung with textile collections from a variety of origins. In addition to her conservation work, Rosie has a strong research focus on the conservation of world cultures collections relating to performance, the intangible and living heritage.
The “H” stands for Henrietta.