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Paper & books conservation · 9M ago

Hold on and suck in, Miss Scarlett!Removing a plastic corset from a manuscript

A personal story, a historic manuscript, a crazy laminating machine and a final outcome. We'll discuss about synthetic polymers, sorts of laminations and encapsulation. All these ingredients...
Paper & books conservation · 1Y ago

The diplomatic neutral colour

What is a neutral colour? Is it a pH=7 colour? A transparent colour? Greenish... brown? An oil colour... or maybe acrylic? Conservators mean by it: "I will paint the missing area with a sing...
Paper & books conservation · 1Y ago

Course: Inpainting & Loss Compensation on Paper

Can you match the colour but not the surface texture? Can you match the surface sheen but not the colour? Do you struggle with both? Do you never know what dyes to use? If you want to acquir...
Paper & books conservation · 1Y ago

Mysterious iron rods in a 16th limp vellum binding

No one would say that Esther feels burdened by the case she is working on: removing an old repair that was deforming some parchment manuscripts. And besides her patient attitude I can’t agre...
Paper & books conservation · 1Y ago

Conservation of ‘The Disasters of War’, by Goya

There are all sorts of projects, and when Mr. Goya knocks at the door, the red carpet is ready to receive him at the studio: Please, come in! The Disasters of War by Francisco Goya arrived a...
Paper & books conservation · 1Y ago

“Customized” conservation with Richard Wolbers

Fellows of joys and sorrows, conservators, here is why I am so excited with the "Cleaning workshop: Paper bathing/stain removal", given by Wolbers: The idea is to make every conservation tre...
Paper & books conservation · 1Y ago

Chemists and conservators: a love/hate relationship

A cathartic experience: There's nothing more exciting for a conservator such as participating in a chemistry course. We go there with a certain respect (or maybe fear) and the will to be acq...
Paper & books conservation · 1Y ago

Dürer: From old Europe to Palm Beach

Alligators, palm trees, luxury residences… What business have in Florida the Holy Trinity by Dürer, Mr. Audubon, and a paper conservator from old Europe? A two-week holiday to visit friends ...
Paper & books conservation · 1Y ago

This document will self-destruct in 30 secs!

Or how to remove adhesive tapes, without removing them    We have spoken about bibliopaths, about misuses and how to eradicate its effects… But, what happens when the artefact itself causes ...
Paper & books conservation · 1Y ago

Tracing paper restoration, berliner style

I never enjoy anything as much as visiting other paper restoration studios, especially if they are private. They usually bear the imprint of a personal vocation, a personality which is barel...