MOUNTING SYSTEMS FOR ETHNOGRAPHIC TEXTILES AND OBJECTS
Gail Sundstrom Niinimaa
During the last five years the systems described here have been evaluated and refined. The concept of providing small supports for artifacts for travel and exhibition was very successful in terms of reducing handling and damage to artifacts. Some materials have been changed as new technology and scientific discovery have found more suitable materials, but the principles of mounting have remained the same.
Mountmaking is a challenging and important aspect of preventative conservation. The more time and care that are spent on mount preparation usually pay off in a reduction of damage occurring to the objects while on exhibition or in transit.
Diagrams by Gail Niinimaa.
Thanks to the following Glenbow Museum Staff Members for their assistance with diagram and mount concepts: Scot Bullick, Conservation Technician; Sarah Joyce, Artifact Conservator; Marsha Selick, Artifact Conservator; Miriam Fabijan, Technician.
Special thanks to Fred Greene, Chief Conservator, and Patricia Crockett, Department Secretary, for their help and support.