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Map Conservation Challenge

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 One particular map from the “History of the Expedition under the Command of Captain Lewis and Clark, 1814” was a particular challenge. It presented a great opportunity to treat a very important map that was in much need of repair. The map, depicting Lewis and Clark’s route and the first mapContinue reading “Map Conservation Challenge”

Vinzani’s Papermaking class at PBI

Thursday, May 23, 2013 Submitted by Pamela Olson Bernie Vinanzi, a veteran papermaker who trained at Twinrocker Handmade Paper and now teaches papermaking at the University of Maine at Machias, taught a workshop with a focus on paper history, fiber selection, and sheet formation. Workshop participants designed their own watermarks and made a wide rangeContinue reading “Vinzani’s Papermaking class at PBI”

Islamic Binding with Yasmeen Kahn

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Submitted by Kathleen Tandy For my second session class at PBI, I took An Introduction to Islamic Binding with Yasmeen Kahn from the Library of Congress. She explained that in the Islamic tradition calligraphy is the most important aspect of book. The binding is secondary, but that doesn’t mean it can’tContinue reading “Islamic Binding with Yasmeen Kahn”

Turning the Corner – Leather Paring with Jeff Altepeter

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Submitted by Kathleen Tandy In my first week session course at PBI, I took a leather paring class with Jeff Altepeter from the North Bennett Street School. The tricks I learned in his course were well worth the price of admissions. I feel so much more comfortable on the Sharf-fix paringContinue reading “Turning the Corner – Leather Paring with Jeff Altepeter”

Historical Long and Link Stitches Lessons at Paper and Book Intensive 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013 Reporting from Oxbow School of the Arts in Saugatuck, Michigan, Giselle Simon, here, attending Paper and Book Intensive, 2013. We got off to rousing start with a fantastic line up: Jeff Altepeter, binder and instructor from North Bennett St. School taught a technical leather paring class. Bernie Vinzani, Papermaking faculty fromContinue reading “Historical Long and Link Stitches Lessons at Paper and Book Intensive 2013”

University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections Now on the Road

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Several items from the University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections are now a part of the exhibit “Marking Territory, Cartographic Treasures of the Mississippi River and the World Beyond,” March 2- June 16, 2013 at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. Curator Rima Girnius from the Figge, worked with MaryContinue reading “University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections Now on the Road”

Preservation Pencil in Action

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 The Conservation lab recently acquired a Preservation Pencil from Preservation Equipment Ltd. It takes cold moisture from an ultrasonic humidifier and heats it to any desired temperature up to 100 C, producing a thin stream of fine, heated mist suitable for local humidification where it is not possible or desirable toContinue reading “Preservation Pencil in Action”

Why We Assist in Disasters

Friday, February 15, 2013 Those of us who volunteer to assist in disaster response are, obviously, not in it for the money. Private conservators are not getting paid while volunteering. Many of us are away from family and friends, work hard and go to bed exhausted during recovery efforts. So what is in it forContinue reading “Why We Assist in Disasters”

Teaching Moments at CRC

Thursday, February 14, 2013 All the work on the artwork damaged by Hurrican Sandy is done by volunteers. It’s a great opportunity for an intern to learn about assessing and cleaning paintings while on the job with a volunteer conservator. Today we had a student volunteer who is studying to become a paintings conservator. SheContinue reading “Teaching Moments at CRC”

Busy Day at the Cultural Recovery Center in Brooklyn

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 We had a very busy day at the Cultural Recovery Center in Brooklyn. The volunteer paintings conservator examined a couple of paintings that an artist brought in during the morning, just before noon she removed an artwork from a frame and examined the piece for mold and damage, in the afternoonContinue reading “Busy Day at the Cultural Recovery Center in Brooklyn”