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Courses at the Centro del Bel Libro

From: Renate Mesmer <r.mesmer>
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2001
Courses at the Centro del bel libro Ascona, Switzerland

Photography: Historical techniques--Conservation--First Aid

    This course will introduce to the basics in photography and
    emphasis is placed on the most commonly used photographic
    techniques. The ability to identify a photograph and its
    technique will enable the participants to analyse the object and
    propose the right conservation treatment. The chemical reactions
    between the object, adhesives, cleaning material etc. will be
    explained and discussed. To get a great variety of objects and
    cases participants are encouraged to bring their own material to
    work on.

    Tutor: Bert Jacek
    Jul 9-13, 2001
    Language: German and English
    Fee: Sfr. 950.

The Proper Use and Handling of Conservation Equipment

    Often the traditionally trained conservator is overwhelmed by
    the technical and mechanical nature of the equipment in a
    workshop. That a piece of equipment works only as well as it is
    maintained and operated, requires technical and physical
    knowledge. This course will enable the participants to
    understand, evaluate, take measurements accuracy from a wide
    variety of equipment found in conservation labs. The
    participants will work with light, temperature and humidity
    meters, vacuum suction table, leafcaster, infrared heating
    elements, ultra sonic humidifier/consolidators.

    Tutor: Manfred Mayer
    Jul 17-20, 2001
    Languages: German and English
    Fee: Sfr. 760.

The Conservation of Iron-Gall Ink and Paper

    The aim of the course is to familiarise students with current
    conservation theory and practical techniques for examining and
    conserving iron-gall-ink-inscribed paper artifacts. Classes will
    cover theoretical elements of the history, chemistry, and
    deterioration of iron-gall ink. Practical sessions will include
    examination and identification of ink, testing before treatment,
    comparisons of aqueous processes, drying methods, and repair
    techniques of ink-corroded paper. Discussions will focus on
    evaluating treatments and addressing practical and ethical
    issues encountered in the decision-making process.  Participants
    are asked to refer to a bibliography of relevant literature in
    preparation for the course and are encouraged to bring iron-gall
    ink artifacts with them.

    Tutor: Julie Biggs
    Aug 6-10, 2001
    Languages: English and Italian
    Fee: Sfr. 950. (Photo Copies Sfr. 10.)

Leafcasting parchment

    In the first part of the workshop Dr. Jan Wouters will give an
    introduction into the field of leafcasting parchment. Further the
    preparation of the aqueous suspension for leafcasting parchment
    will be demonstrated and shown on parchment samples working on
    the suction table. In addition a dyeing method for the aqueous
    suspension will be a topic of the workshop. The variety of the
    application, possibilities and limits of this method are
    discussed extensively throughout the course.

    Tutor: Andrea Pataki, Dr. Jan Wouters
    Aug 27-29, 2001
    Languages: German and English (Introduction only in English)
    Fee: Sfr. 690.

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