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Re: [BKARTS] Conservation/restoration (How to get in to)



i dont know why it looks like peter verheyen signed my
post, sorry for confusion?-steve
--- steve cvinar <rosicrux666@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> it would be wonderful to see a resurgance of the
> traditional apprenticeship, though it seems
> unlikely.
> I'm interested to know what specific classes  one
> might look for in addition to basic chemistry.  Is a
> double major in Library Science and physical
> chemistry
> or art history beneficial?--- Peter Verheyen
> <verheyen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Since no one else has responded publicly, here
> goes.
> >
> > I first became interested in the field while a
> > work-study student at Johns
> > Hopkins, which at that time had a very well
> > developed apprentice training
> > program (long since gone) directed by John Dean.
> > Through John's mentorship,
> > I was encourage to consider the field as a career
> > and introduced to others.
> > After an internship at a museum conservation lab
> in
> > Germany I chose to
> > apply for a formal apprenticeship in hand
> > bookbinding in Germany which I
> > completed in two years followed by four months of
> > book conservation studies
> > at the Centro del bel Libro in Ascona,
> Switzerland,
> > after which I returned
> > to the US working first with conservators in
> private
> > practice then in
> > institutions. I got my MLS late in the game. and
> it
> > helped my career, but
> > not in the way I hoped.
> >
> > What advice would I give someone wanting to get in
> > the conservation field
> > now? Apprenticeship is not a readily available
> > option for people in the US.
> > The opportunities just aren't there. My
> > apprenticeship experience did
> > provide me with were the skills to complete most
> > routine tasks efficiently,
> > to problem solve efficiently, and how to work with
> > different materials and
> > structures. Following that apprenticeship there is
> > still much to be
> > learned, from working with others, in workshops,
> and
> > self-study...
> >
> > If one truly wants to be a conservator, and have
> the
> > flexiblity to move up
> > a career ladder and make money I see only one
> > option.
> >
> > 1. Take chemistry... in college (or afterwards for
> > college credit)
> > 2. Be mobile. You have to be able to move and live
> > like an itinerant for
> > about 5 years.
> > 3. Apply to the UT Austin program in conservation
> > studies and learn as much
> > theory as possible, learn how libraries work, ...
> Do
> > as much binding as you
> > possibly can. Do an internship in a good lab.
> > 4. Go to North Bennet Street School in Boston to
> > continue building your
> > bench skills and learn more about binding.
> > 5. Work with other experience conservators and do
> as
> > much bench work in a
> > production setting as possible. Repetition is key.
> >
> > Why this approach?
> >
> > 1. Most jobs are in libraries, and private studios
> > tend to be 1 person
> > operations. (Libraries offer good benefits,
> support
> > for training, ...)
> > 2. To advance beyond the technician level you need
> > that Texas degree. For
> > better, or worse, that's the way it is.
> > Apprenticeship in the classic sense
> > is extinct.
> > 3. The programs won't give you enough bench
> > experience to make you be truly
> > proficient. You need to learn from other's
> > experiences, see other work
> > environments, learn to develop the judgement
> needed
> > to work independently.
> >
> > My thoughts. I'm not trying to be discouraging. I
> > know some will disagree
> > vehemently. Times have changed since I became
> > interested in the field
> > (1981) and many opportunities that once existed no
> > longer do.
> >
> > p.
> >
> > >Hello List,
> > >after all this discussion about book repair and
> > conservation, i'd like to
> > >ask all of you who are in this field how you got
> > into it in the first
> > >place.  Where does one go to learn the skills
> > necessary?  i'm currently
> > >getting a masters in Library Sciences, but i
> doubt
> > that they actually
> > >teach book restoration.  Am i going to have to
> find
> > someone to apprentice
> > >for? And if so, how does one go about finding a
> > person to apprentice
> > >for?  Any information would be greatly
> appreciated.
> > >
> > >thanks,
> > >kat
> >
> > _____________________________________
> >
> > Peter D. Verheyen
> > Bookbinder & Conservator
> > <verheyen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > The Book Arts Web & Book_Arts-L Listserv
> > <http://www.philobiblon.com>

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