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Course on parchment

From: Abigail Choudhury <achoudhury<-a>
Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of
Historic and Artistic Works, in collaboration with the Morgan
Library and Museum, presents a "Master Studies" Workshop:

"Media Consolidation for Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts on
    Parchment: Materials, methods and conservation of ancient and
    medieval manuscripts: approaches to consolidation of flaking and
    friable media on parchment"
NY Thaw Conservation Center
The Morgan Library and Museum
New York City
September 15-19, 2014


Instructors:  Abigail Quandt, Andrea Pataki, and Nancy Turner

Registration Fee
    $785 AIC members
    $985 non-members

Limit 12 participants. FAIC's workshop and conference registration
policies can be found at


Registration: This workshop is designed for practicing conservators.
Participants will be selected based on experience, demonstrated
need/relevance, geographic reach, and opportunity to disseminate
information gained.  The number of participants from a single
institution may be limited.  Preference will be given to AIC
Professional Associate and Fellow members.  Applications are due
April 30, 2014, with notifications expected by June 10, 2014.  Later
applications will be considered, if space is available.

To apply for a space in the workshop, please fill out the workshop
application form online, and send the form along with a copy of your
resume or CV and statement of interest addressing the acceptance
criteria to courses<-a t->conservation-us< . >org.

Scholarships: Financial assistance is available through grant
funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Scholarship
applications must be received by FAIC by May 15, 2014.  Prospective
applicants should apply for workshop admission by April 30.
Acceptance and scholarship decisions are made independently, and
applying for funding will not reduce your chances of being accepted
into the workshop.

Audience: This workshop is intended for mid-career conservators who
would like to gain a greater understanding of the materials and
methods used to create illuminated manuscripts on parchment, and
greater confidence in choosing and using consolidation techniques
for flaking and friable media on parchment supports.

Content: Lectures and hands-on practical sessions will cover a broad
range of adhesives and delivery systems, and will offer participants
the opportunity to "test drive" numerous aerosol mist generators as
well as brush application methods with a variety of consolidants.
Proper choice of both adhesive and application method for treatment
of particular condition problems will be addressed, and case studies
will be presented to illustrate the decision-making process.
Historical methods of parchment-making (including animal species and
surface preparation, and their ramifications for media adhesion)
will be described, along with artist's pigments, binders and working
methods.  Deterioration mechanisms and treatment challenges
associated with various pigments and artists' techniques will also
be addressed.  Examples from the Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript
Collection at the Morgan Library and Museum will be selected for
first-hand observation of the materials, techniques and condition
problems described in the lectures.

Outcomes: Participants will receive either an introduction to or
refresher on traditional materials and methods used in ancient and
medieval manuscripts on parchment, across a range of regions and
periods in history; they will be able to recognize characteristics
of various skins and types of skin preparation, and their
ramifications for media stability; they will also gain a better
understanding of the variety of media employed by the medieval
artist, and how these media deteriorate. Conservators with prior
experience consolidating these media will be introduced to new
developments in aerosol technology, and those with little experience
will be exposed to a wide range of consolidation options and
techniques.  All participants should emerge with broader knowledge
of current treatment options, and greater confidence in applying
these options appropriately.

General Outline of Course (preliminary, and subject to change):

    Day 1           Historical materials and methods, parchment,
                    pigments, binders and inks; characteristic
                    deterioration mechanisms; history of media
                    consolidation; followed by examination of
                    examples from the Morgan collection (Abigail
                    Quandt); Lecture and viewing of collections

    Days 2-3        Aerosols and mists (Andrea Pataki); Lecture and

    Day 4           Adhesives (Andrea Pataki); Brush consolidation
                    (Nancy Turner); Lecture and hands-on

    Day 5           Case histories, treatment decision-making;
                    treatment documentation; continued hands-on
                    practical work; Wrap-up discussion with


    Andrea Pataki-Hundt is instructor in the Book and Paper
    Conservation Program since 1998 at the State Academy of Art and
    Design, Stuttgart.  Her PhD research was on the use of aerosols
    and adhesives for applying consolidants to friable media.

    Abigail Quandt is a graduate of the Winterthur/University of
    Delaware Art Conservation Program.  Since 2001 she has been Head
    of the Department of Book and Paper Conservation at the Walters
    Art Museum.  She specializes in the conservation of illuminated
    manuscripts on parchment.

    Nancy Turner is Conservator of Manuscripts in the Department of
    Paper Conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum.  Apprentice
    trained, she has been responsible for the conservation of the
    collection of illuminated manuscripts at the Getty since 1984.
    She has also published on the technical study of illuminations,
    most recently on the St. Albans Psalter.

This program is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for
the Humanities.

Additional funding comes from the Foundation of the American
Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artist Works Endowment
for Professional Development, which was created by a grant from The
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and donations from members of the
American Institute for Conservation and its friends.  Courses are
made possible with the assistance of many AIC members, but no AIC
membership dues were used to create or present this course.

Without this support, the registration fees would be approximately

Questions?  Contact:

    Abigail Choudhury
    FAIC Development and Education Coordinator
    1556 15th Street, NW, Suite 320
    Washington, DC 20005
    courses<-a t->conservation-us< . >org

                  Conservation DistList Instance 27:35
                  Distributed: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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Received on Wednesday, 12 March, 2014

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