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Courses at the Centro del Bel Libro

From: Renate Mesmer <r.mesmer>
Date: Friday, April 7, 2000
Courses at the Centro del Bel Libro
Ascona Switzerland
Summer and Fall, 2000

Iron-gall ink and paper
5-day course
Julie Biggs, Paper Conservator, Washington DC
Jul 31 - Aug 4, 2000
Fee: CHF 950. Languages: English/Italian

    Book and paper conservators treat iron-gall ink materials in
    many different ways, so when might a particular treatment option
    be more appropriate than others and why?  The aim of the course
    is to familiarize students with a range of conservation
    strategies that they can use to preserve iron-gall ink-inscribed
    paper artifacts.  Classes will cover theoretical elements - the
    history, chemistry, and deterioration of iron-gall ink; and
    practical methods - media identification, testing ink stability,
    fixing and consolidating, wet treatments, drying methods, and
    repair techniques for ink-corroded paper.  Case studies will be
    used in slide presentations, for demonstrations, and during
    hands-on sessions.  To conclude, group discussions will focus on
    evaluating treatments and will address practical and ethical
    issues encountered in the decision-making process.  Participants
    should read from a bibliography of relevant publications prior
    to taking the course and are encouraged to bring their own
    iron-gall ink artifacts to work on.

Historical chain and long-stitch sewing structures
5-day course
Frank Mowery, Book and Paper Conservator, Folger Shakespeare Library
Aug 7-11, 2000
Fee: CHF 950. Languages: German/English

    During the "15th and 16th century" a style of binding developed
    and appeared in "university" towns on manuscripts, ledgers and
    occasional small printed volumes. This binding structure used
    visible sewing stations, unlike the developed, traditional
    bookbinding techniques. This course will introduce the students
    to various techniques of sewing, chain-stitch, long-stitch and
    combination sewing. 8-12 models will be completed. In addition
    to the basic course, decorative weaving between the long-stitch
    sewing will be demonstrated. There will also be demonstrations
    of the adaption of the historical structure into modern
    conservation structures.

Conservation of globes
5 -day course
Patricia Engel, Paper conservator in Berlin
September 11-15, 2000
Fee: CHF 950. Languages: German/English

    The conservator has to deal with a wide variety of materials
    when working on globes, like the paper, the media on which the
    image is created, wood, plaster, metal and varnish. The typical
    damage that occurs on globes will be discussed using numerous

    Treatment proposals and actual treatments will be discussed. The
    course will be designed depending on the objects brought to the
    course so that all the participants can benefit as much as
    possible and practice a wide range of techniques.

For more information on the courses at the Centro del bel libro
please contact:

    Centro del bel libro
    Viale Portone 4
    Casella Postale 2600
    CH-6501 Bellinzona
    +41 91 825 1162
    Fax: +41 91825 8586
    r.mesmer [at] ticino__com or
    info [at] cbl-ascona__ch

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