Solitaire Osei joined Queensland Museum in 2016 to work on the care and preservation of textiles and composite objects, preparing them for display, loan and storage. After graduating from the University of Canberra in 2001 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Conservation of Cultural Materials), Solitaire gained experience working as a textile conservator in museums and art galleries in Australia, the United States of America and the United Kingdom. During her Andrew W. Mellon Conservation Fellowship at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Solitaire expanded her knowledge of historic garment construction while working on a 16th century doublet and breeches and women’s garments from the 19th and 20th centuries.
While in London, Solitaire had the opportunity to work in a large textile team on State Bed furnishings at Hampton Court Palace. On returning Australia, Solitaire enjoyed working on numerous fashion and textile exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria including Black in Fashion: Mourning to Night, the first exhibition to be held across both their venues.