A student placement with Paper Conservation.
Emily’s project focused on working a pattern book sheet c.1891 from the Turkey Red archive. The pattern book sheet has multiple paper components, including a folded sheet of tracing paper adhered to the reverse.
In five steps, this is what Emily did to conserve the sheet.
Precise cleaning of the sheet to make sure the graphite or gouache remained intact.
Gently unfolding the tracing paper.
Relaxing the tracing paper by humidification in the moisture chamber.
Smoothing out the relaxed tracing paper to remove the hard creases.
To strengthen the sheet the tears were repaired. The end result is a more stable sheet and thorough cleaning has it back to it's former glory.
“I feel more prepared for the next year of my MA after this placement, practicing and learning new skills.- Emily Shepherd
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