The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works presents:

The Use and Creation of Pre-Coated Repair Materials 

February 24 – 26, 2016
Fort Worth, Texas
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Instructor: Sarah Reidell

The Use & Creation of Pre-Coated Repair Materials is a practical, hands-on workshop for conservation professionals who are interested in learning more about the selection, creation, and use of adhesive pre-coated repair materials for conservation treatment. 

Registration Fee: $399.00 AIC members; $499.00 non-AIC members
(includes refreshment breaks and lunches)
Limit 10 participants.  Space is limited, so early registration is strongly encouraged.  Participants must have professional experience in conservation or historic preservation, or have completed substantial study, and have a working knowledge of basic laboratory procedures and safety. Registrants will be asked to submit a CV/Resume for review to after online registration is complete.  FAIC reserves the right to cancel the registration and make a refund to those not meeting these requirements.

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Pre-coated repair materials supplement traditional mending techniques by taking advantage of the reactivation properties of numerous starch, protein, and synthetic adhesives. Greater control of moisture introduction during reactivation enables repairs near sensitive media or mold-damaged supports. Dried adhesive films strengthen very thin, fragile supports for greater ease of use and smaller repair areas. Careful selection allows for a highly refined and customized repair material that may surpass other products available from the commercial market.

This three-day course is directed towards conservation professionals with a familiarity of adhesive systems, common conservation repair techniques, and theoretical concepts. It includes lecture presentations on key concepts; an overview of selection criteria; instructor-led demonstrations; collaborative discovery exercises; and group discussions to share experimental results and evaluate findings. Attendees collaborate closely to share working methods and tips.  Experimentation outside of the normal lab environment frees attendees to try new materials and apply new techniques to sample objects with playful yet complicated condition issues that mimic real-world treatment scenarios.

  • Sarah Reidell is the Associate Conservator for Rare Books and Paper at The New York Public Library. Prior to her current position she was Conservator for Special Collections in the Harvard University Library at the Weissman Preservation Center and a Mellon Advanced Fellow at CCAHA in Philadelphia. Sarah holds an MLIS and Certificate in Advanced Studies in Conservation from the University of Texas at Austin’s Preservation and Conservation Studies program. She is an active Professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and currently serves as Publications Committee Chair of the Book and Paper Group (BPG). Her interest in working with pre-coated materials is a result of her experience working on digitization and grant-funded projects of single-item and batch treatments of special collections materials that required high-output and efficiency.

Travel Information
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This program is supported by funding 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 $840.00.

Contact: Sarah Saetren
FAIC Education Assistant

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