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Subject: Workshop on pigments and inks

Workshop on pigments and inks

From: Eric Pourchot <epourchot>
Date: Friday, February 1, 2002
The following is posted on behalf of Nancy Purinton of the U.S.
National Park Service.  The NPS Web site and E-mail are not
functioning, so the only way to contact her for registration is by
telephone at 304-535-6143.

    History and Use of Pigments and Inks

    The National Park Service Department of Conservation at Harpers
    Ferry Center will host a five-day workshop on the "History and
    Use of Pigments and Inks" on May 20-24, 2002.  The workshop will
    be at the National Conservation Training Center in
    Shepherdstown, West Virginia in new teaching labs equipped with
    fume hoods, chemical equipment and supplies. Each day will be
    divided between lecture and laboratory activities.

    Morning sessions will be lectures about original recipes,
    methods of manufacture, trade routes, cost and iconographic
    importance.  Chemical and physical properties of pigments and
    media will be presented.  Medieval and pre-industrial pigments
    will be emphasized.  The earth colors, medieval blues, gold,
    verdigris, and lakes will be among the pigments discussed.
    Additionally, media such as gum and egg and inks like sepia,
    carbon and iron gall will be examined.  Various methods of
    identifying pigments will be discussed.

    During the afternoon laboratory sessions participants will
    prepare samples of the pigments discussed and produce a pigment
    chart for their personal use.  Appropriate methods for taking
    samples from original materials will be demonstrated.  Practical
    methods for consolidating flaking and friable pigments will be
    discussed and demonstrated.

    Cheryl Porter will teach the workshop.  Ms. Porter studied at
    the Camberwell College of Arts in London and then worked at the
    University of London (UCL) Painting Analysis Unit.  Later she
    was a Research Fellow at UCL History of Art Department analyzing
    pigments and application techniques in medieval manuscripts. She
    has also worked closely with the University of Cambridge on the
    analysis and conservation of pigments and dyes.  Ms. Porter now
    teaches throughout he UK, Europe and Australia and has been
    Director of the Montefiascone Library Conservation Project in
    Italy since its inception in 1988.

    The cost of the workshop will be $300.00 to non-AIC members.
    Because F.A.I.C. has generously supported this event, AIC
    members will be charged $255.00.  Regarding housing, a private,
    modern, hotel room and three meals a day are included in the
    $91.00 daily fee for guests at the NCTC.  The guest facilities
    are adjacent to the training complex on the Potomac River and
    are surrounded by fields, forest, walking paths, and wildlife.
    There are no hotels or restaurants within walking distance of
    the NCTC.

    If you are interested in attending this workshop, please
    telephone Nancy Purinton at 304-535-6143.  Please do not attempt
    email because the National Park Service network is down.

Eric Pourchot, Ph.D.
Program Officer for Professional Development
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
1717 K St., NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20006
202-452-9545, ext. 12
Fax: 202-452-9328

                  Conservation DistList Instance 15:54
                 Distributed: Tuesday, February 5, 2002
                       Message Id: cdl-15-54-021
Received on Friday, 1 February, 2002

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