Working in studios with conservators specializing in different disciplines allows for collaboration
on projects. Sharing information about materials and techniques and employing different skill sets
opens new possibilities for treatment. It also eliminates the need for objects to be moved multiple
times to different studios, lessening the risk of damage.
This dollhouse required the conservation efforts
of a paper, furniture, and painting conservator.
In addition, digital photography was used to recreate
the missing paper “brick”. The paper was printed
and toned to match the existing surface. The whole
dollhouse was cleaned and stabilized to prevent
further deterioration. Wood pieces were recreated
to replace losses. Those and other losses were then
inpainted to match.
This figurehead was on display at a maritime museum and was in great need of repair. The museum wanted
to display the figurehead upright as it would be seen on a bow. The existing mount was inadequate to
support the weight. The wood had softened and needed stabilization. Losses along the edges
of the repair needed to be filled and inpainted. An objects, furniture, and painting
conservator collaborated on this project to return the figurehead to her position of prominence.