Welcome to my blog. I am a sculpture and 3-D objects conservator based in Los Angeles. I love my job because every project is unique, poses new challenges, and presents an opportunity for creative problem-solving! Art conservation has a tiny bit in common with environmental conservation, in that both are concerned with preservation of precious resources–in my case, it’s our cultural and artistic heritage.
I consider sharing information with one another to be an invaluable tool in our collective repository. That’s why I decided to write about some of the more interesting projects currently underway at our studio. This is intended mainly for folks who already have some understanding of what conservators do, or want to learn more about it.
My first series of posts will describe the treatment of four leather panels that once formed a folding screen, said to have originated in France (clearly with Asian influence) sometime in the mid to late 19th century.
The leather is severely deteriorated, and suffers from a condition known as red rot.
Much more on this topic (and how I am dealing with it) soon…