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Subject: Workshop on pigments and Inks

Workshop on pigments and Inks

From: Theresa V. Shockey <theresa_shockey>
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2002
History and Use of Pigments and Inks Workshop
National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West
February 10-14, 2003

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 February 10-14, 2003. 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

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 $280.00 to non-AIC members. Because
F.A.I.C. has generously supported this event, AIC members will be
charged $240.00. Regarding housing, a private, modern, hotel room
and three meals a day are included in the $84.00 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 contact

    Nancy Purinton
    nancy_purinton [at] nps__gov

    Theresa Shockey
    theresa_shockey [at] nps__gov

Theresa Voellinger Shockey
Assistant Paper Conservator
National Park Service
Department of Conservation
P.O. Box 50
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Fax: 304-535-6055

                  Conservation DistList Instance 16:33
                Distributed: Thursday, November 14, 2002
                       Message Id: cdl-16-33-016
Received on Wednesday, 13 November, 2002

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