papier-mâché bulldog barking pull-toy from the late 19th c. … with an unintended pulled apart head. The dog was not intended to look so scary and actually probably made the pride and joy of a small kid – which cracked us up every time we looked at it, I mean how scary would it be to cuddle now ? It would have taken a very brave kid to handle this dog, or a nice fixing, for which we would need all the bravery we could ask the conservators’ gods for.
Horology is Hot
Really... I know that sounds kind of like a buzzword... but horology is hot! People are engaged with horology, cultural heritage and preservation right now! And it's awesome! I am so excited that friends and colleagues are getting so much attention. My favorite object in the world (!!) is headed to London to be featured in [...]
Dearly Beloved Banjos
We are gathered here today for a number of important updates. It has certainly been some time since my last post. I have been working on quite a few projects in the mean time. One being the launch of my colleague David's new website: Lindow Machine Works. Check it out if you get a chance - his [...]
Metropolis II by Chris Burden is a beautiful and complex modern art piece that poses interesting questions for conservation practice and future maintenance. I have heard that it costs in excess of $200,000 to operate per year and yet is not run on a daily basis. The cars alone require a considerable amount of care [...]
7è Partie. A French Horse Racing Game -Conservation (Part II) by Ségolène Girard
Restoration of a 19th c. lottery game by M.J & Cie. 7è Partie. A French Horse Racing Game -Conservation (Part II) by Ségolène Girard Seg is speaking ! I put aside all of the unstuck and bathed papers to dry, and to flatten under a press. I also prepared a dampening room, consisting of a [...]