Care of Paper Artifacts
Regular Registration: $1,200
This course is an introduction to book and paper conservation designed for conservation technicians and others who wish to have a theoretical preservation framework and basic hands-on treatment experience. Topics covered include a review of paper making, techniques of media application, degradation patterns, and preventative preservation care. Conservation treatments covered will include surface cleaning, humidification and flattening, various mending methods, non-aqueous deacidification, currently accepted materials for housings and treatments, and treatment documentation. Mending of rare flat paper and books using Japanese tissue and wheat starch paste will be emphasized. The class has been extended to a new 5-day format to allow additional time for paper production and media discussion, a demonstration of aqueous washing and deacidification, and more student treatment projects. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of specific problems for examination and possible treatment.
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