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Basics in Paper Conservation with Renate Mesmer
Participants will learn various repair techniques for tears and losses, humidification, basic washing and deacidification of paper. Morning lectures will cover history of paper making, basic paper chemistry, material studies as well as damage analysis and condition reports. The goal of this course is to apply as much of the theory in hands-on treatments as possible and give ample time for practice. Students who are interested in the Diploma Program should bring 3 textblocks in need of treatment and sewing, preferably not more than on inch thick and 12 inches tall. If possible, the texblocks should have been printed before 1850. No prior conservation experience is necessary to attend this class. Students should have some basic working knowledge of bookbinding to maximize their learning experience in this class. Due to the timing of the Thanksgiving holiday this year, our usual second week offering is not possible. Instead, you may consider one or both of the “extension” options below. Need to finish up a project? Stay through Saturday. Need a break to process information before additional learning? Come for the Monday/Tuesday. Need to make the most of your time and learning experience? Stay for all three days with the Sunday off! ONE-DAY EXTENSION NOVEMBER 18 TWO-DAY EXTENSION NOVEMBER 20 – 21 Participants can choose to stay beyond the one-week class to gain deeper knowledge on humidification, basic washing techniques, or their own choice of focus related to paper conservation. This 1-2 or 3 day extension of the Basics in Paper Conservation will give participants a chance to deepen, review or go beyond the one week workshop. This class is offered through the American Academy of Bookbinding, more information and registration is available on their website.