Archive for November, 2007

Banana Paper

November 30, 2007

Check out the fruit and vegetable papyrus from Hiromi.


New Student

November 30, 2007

Please welcome our newest conservation student, Mr. James T. Kirk. One conservator to beam up!

From In the lab…

Underground conservation

November 29, 2007

Interesting article about secret restoration efforts in the heart of Paris. pantheon.jpeg 

Today's Book Lab 3 action report!

November 28, 2007

Here are some action shots from today’s Book Lab 3 class. Chela gave a demo on blind-tooling, Emily and Suzy did 3-on sewing, Danielle realized it really was “Frog Chicago” that was written on her mapstock case, Sarah was cleaning the spine on her UT Dallas book, Melissa made some awesome new endpapers utilizing the magic of Photoshop, and Meg sagely warned us all about the dangers of blind tooling through water puddles.

From In the lab…


International Vintage Poster Dealers Association

November 27, 2007

Revue de Folies-Bergere

IVPDA Online: About Linen Backing for Posters

I give them credit for plugging professional conservation, even if they do refer to us as “conservationists.”

Book of Origins

November 27, 2007

This summer, I was fortunate enough to see the “Book of Origins” fine-binding exhibit, curated by Karen Hanmer, when it was at the Cincinnati Public Library. From Syracuse University’s Library website:

The 2007 traveling exhibition features twenty contemporary fine bindings by ten American binders. The group includes established masters as well as gifted emerging artists. Two works are presented by each binder: their binding in response to the set Book of Origins text, and an additional example of their work.

My favorite binding was Karen Hanmer’s take on Jorge Luis Borge’s Ficciones.

Check out the exhibit here!

Tape is evil!

November 25, 2007

Tape Removal

Beth Heller, paper conservator and Kilgarlin alum, speaks out against the evils of tape in her blog (now added to the blogroll as well). With gift-giving holidays right around the corner, what better way to show your thoughtfulness than with a “Tape is Evil” coffee mug or Paper Conservation calendar? Just check out Beth’s Cafepress store for more Tape Is Evil merchandise.

Bugs vs. Books: three minutes of bugs eating books.

November 21, 2007

From the University of Florida’s Digital Library Center comes this recently digitized film, jointly produced by the Preservation Department and the Nematology and Entymology Department. Long story short, it’s three techno-filled minutes of cockroaches dining on books. You can read more about the film, and the Digital Library Center’s efforts, at their blog. Also, they encourage people to make bug vs. book remixes, since the video is under a Creative Commons license. 🙂

For the squeamish: Movie contains icky things and wanton book destruction. You have been warned!

Dear Heloise: How do you remove a lipstick stain from an abstract painting? I've tried everything!

November 21, 2007

From the BBC:

Cambodian-born Rindy Sam told the court in the southern French city of Avignon that she was “overcome with passion” when she saw the painting in July. She has been ordered to pay 1,500 euros (£1,074) in damages to its owner by a French judge.

Restorers have been unable to remove the lipstick and have unsuccessfully used 30 products to get rid of the stain.

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Scenes from the labs…

November 19, 2007

Have a picture? Want it to be seen here? Leave a comment with a link to it, and I’ll see what I can do.

Some scenes from around the book and paper labs. Photos from Suzy.

Blue Book Architecture