Publications and Presentations

“Conserving Vintage Dior: Investigating New Methods for Cleaning Deteriorating Patent Leather” Presentation for American Institute for Conservation’s Annual Meeting, 2020 “Cleaning Synthetic Textiles: A Case Study” Presentation for WUDPAC Textile Block, 2020 “Conservation as a Balancing Act: Preservation of the Marshall Steam Museum’s Steam Car Model” Marshall Steam Museum and Friends of Auburn Heights newsletter, Read More >

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Reflections on Documenting Reflectivity

This research project investigates documentation practices for Robert Rauschenberg’s metal paintings with reflective or mirror-like surfaces. In these series, Rauschenberg used metal sheets as substrates for paintings, pushing the boundaries of traditional painting through the use of artificially-induced “tarnishes” created with chemical patinating solutions and polyurethane “resists.” The artworks are visually active as their reflective Read More >

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Analysis of Copperhead Varnish Coatings

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Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Documenting Web-based Art

Taught by Patrícia Falcão, Time-based Media Conservation, Tate, Sarah Haylett (Reshaping the Collectible, Tate, and Chris King, Time-based Media Conservation, Tate, and offered virtually by the American Institute for Conservation for the 2020 Annual Meeting, intended to give participants tools and options for documenting webpages.

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Recovering transparency. Repairing scratches and chips on PMMA surfaces

This workshop, taught by Anna Lagana, and offered at Future Talks 019 in Munich, gave
participants the opportunity to practice these treatment options on damaged transparent PMMA samples as well as on face-mounted photographs.

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Plastics Identification Tool

I attended the Plastic Identification Tool workshop at Future Talks in Munich in November 2019 to learn more about the application of this interactive, web-based tool that helps identify or characterize plastics.

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Episode 4: Collaborating with Indigenous Communities with Francis Lukezic

In the fourth episode of the season, we talk with Francis Lukezic, Objects Conservator at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory about her involvement in the Nunalleq Archaeological Excavation, a pre-contact Yup’ik site in Southwest Alaska.

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Episode 3: Why Climate Justice = Social Justice

We did not plan to create this episode when we began the season, but when we learned of the murder of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and other POC citizens, we stopped, evaluated our objective through a civil rights lens, and realized we couldn’t NOT share what we found.

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Navigating the Workplace & Harnessing Community as an Emerging Conservation Professional: A Panel Discussion

Moderated by Emma Hartman, Digital Platforms Co-Officer, ECPN’s Fall webinar facilitated a dialogue about the various roles an emerging conservation professional (ECP) may occupy within the conservation profession, and how AIC and ECPN can function as both a professional resource and a support community.

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Forming coalitions with Kate Fugett

In the fifth episode of the season, we share excerpts of our candid conversation with Kate Fugett, Objects Conservator at the American Museum of Natural History, about the coalition of conservation, collection, and museum professionals she is actively forming. We discuss a broad range of topics related to community engagement and share practical advice gained Read More >

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