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The following list describes various seminars and talks available for presentation to your group or institution. All talks can be refined or adapted to meet your needs and areas of interest. Presentations are illustrated with slides or PowerPoint and can be expanded to include a hands-on workshop. Attendees are encouraged to participate in discussions of their particular concerns, needs, and interests. 

Call 610.667.0714 or ArtConservatorsAlliance@verizon.net for more information or to schedule a seminar.


PAPER-BASED ART CONSERVATION ISSUES
Paper Conservation-Condition and Treatment
This talk covers archival processing and housing of paper-based collections for private and institutional collectors. The talk covers: how to organize papers into collections; the use and design of “finding aids;” handling and accessing collections; housing options suitable for specific type of collections; climate control; typical conservation problems and solutions; contracting with framers and conservators; and other collection care resources.

Caring for Art Collections
This presentation is geared toward artists, collectors, curators, and dealers. The talk reviews all preservation issues including: climate control, exhibition, storage and handling requirements, typical conservation problems and solutions, contracting with framers and conservators, and other collection care resources.

Paper-Based Art and Material Permanence
For artists and collectors interested in understanding of the construction and preservation of sensitive paper-based materials, this talk includes: the history and science of papermaking and various media, the artist’s intentions or options in creating their art, the interaction of artists’ materials with each other and with the environment, the implications of permanence in marketability for artists, and financial investments for collectors.

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LIBRARY and ARCHIVES – for institutions
Creative Solutions to Collections Care
This talk compares art conservation-level standards with lower cost solutions to typical preservation problems for historical societies, libraries, archives, and other small to mid-sized institutions. The benefits and disadvantages of solutions for climate control, collections storage furniture, volunteer services, and other preservations will be discussed.

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TEXTILES
Care and Maintenance of Textiles
The day-long workshop is an overview on the care and handling of textiles within any collection. Topics include: display and storage environments, the identification of fibers, weave structures, necessary elements for condition reports, pest control, preparing textiles for storage, the use of archival materials with textiles, and three dimensional supports.

“Out, damned spot, out, I say!”
Caring for Your Textiles in Plain English

This PowerPoint presentation discusses basic care strategies and conservation guidelines for the non-specialist including identification & needs assessment, handling, and storage of the varied textiles typically found in historic houses or private collections (e.g. samplers, costumes, quilts, flags).

How to Read Your Sampler
The talk discusses the designs, motifs, materials and techniques used in early American samplers and pictorial embroideries to help participants identify their own needlework. Participants are invited to bring a sampler or embroidery (or a good photograph) to the workshop.

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