Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Results Are In:

In January and February of 2018, we hosted Amelia Miller, from Bennington College, for her Field Work Term: http://www.bennington.edu/academics/field-work-term

In such a short time Amelia learned the essentials of what we do here in the conservation lab as well as fold in some special projects.  She was trained as other Dartmouth students are trained by learning pamphlet binding, reinforced covers, spine repair, wrappers and boxes.

Amelia's hand skills were proficient, her work neat and she learned quickly.  Needless to say, she got a lot of work done.  In addition to the general repairs, I also taught her the basics of a case binding, some non-adhesive structures and a variety of enclosures. 

Amelia showing her set of completed book repairs.

We went on two field trips, one to Carolyn Frisa in Bellows Falls, VT, where she has a paper conservation studio: http://www.worksonpaperconservation.com/index.html and the other to Shelburne Museum conservation studio in Shelburne, VT https://shelburnemuseum.org/.

In the conservation studio at the Shelburne Museum

Having an intern provides an impetus to reach out and explore other areas of conservation both a learning experience for the full-time staff and as an informative venture for the intern.

Amelia's first corrugated clam shell box.

A large wrapper with padded insides.

Housing an artist book.

Amelia and her half style case bound book.

 All in all it was a great experience to host a student for Bennington College's Field Work Term, and I would recommend it for anyone who is able to offer such an opportunity for interested students.

Written by Deborah Howe

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