As a new student at Fleming College in the Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management program, I am developing the technical skills to protect fragile cultural property for future generations to enjoy. My artistic skills of hand-eye coordination, colour matching, and handling techniques have aided me in this development.
My experience working in museums expanded my appreciation for the staff, the community, and the collections that are housed. Through my education my goals are: to work with smaller museums and communities as an advocate for conservation by aiding them take care of their collections through staffing, funding, and education, and to consult artists in the preservation of their works to ensure their longevity in collections by using conservation techniques.
Examination Date: March 19th, 2017 Completion: Ongoing Summary: In poor condition as red rot has overtaken 90% of the bag, along with leather dressings being used during its working life which had left deposits on the surface. Removal of residue was undertaken with 90:9:1 mix and swab, but complete removal in areas couldn't be attained as the leather grain is very fragile (especially in warped areas). Treatment is still underway, which includes cleaning textile interior and metal components. An interior mount will also be designed to reshape the bag and provide less stress on already structurally fatigued areas.
Meet the Real Fleming Exhibit
Opening Date: April 1st, 2017 at Fleming College Summary: This annual program for the Introductions to Exhibit Course is a class project designed to offer students an overview of various exhibitions and display mounting techniques, provide an introduction to the process of exhibit development, policy, planning, design and exhibit maintenance as well as developing specific production skills. Students acquire an understanding of the integration between preservation strategies, the creation and use of reproductions in exhibits and the promotion and access to collections and cultural property.
Sir Sandford Fleming is often recognized as a man of science whose ingenuity helped to unify Canada. Considering these actions, his personal life is rarely focused on. The exhibition helped to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fleming College, tie into the 150th of Canada, and most importantly, Fleming himself. We explored important personal moment in his life while acknowledging some of his major accomplishments. We wanted viewers to discover the man behind the inventions and focus on his personal stories: Immigration and Early years in Canada, his family relationships, and his legacy.
Our goal was to present new information about Fleming that the average viewer would not be aware of, and prevent repeating information already addressed by the College in their marketing. We accomplished our goal, and received glowing testimonials on the exhibit from staff and students - often with the remarks "I can't believe those are his real belongings!" and "Wow he was tall!".
Red Basket Tray
Examination Date: January 24th, 2017 Completion: April 14th, 2017 Summary: In fair condition, the Tray had 3 of 4 sides lifting from the base, dust all over, loose weave, and broken pieces. Treatment involved cosmetic sponges to clean dust, and 90:9:1 mix with swabs to clean grime. 2 wooden toothpicks painted with red acrylic were inserted in strategic areas to stabilized the weave.
CCI Packaging Workshop - January 2016
Early in the winter semester we had Paul Marcon from CCI do a packaging workshop with us - It was very informative and fun! Everyone's pieces survived the first crate drop and many more survived subsequent and higher drops. My team's piece survived the whole process (even upside down)! The photos below are my team's design, and the video below is a fun montage of the last drops as a class (we were encouraged to do our best to push the limit on the set ups we made).
Highest Scoring Cheese Silver Trophy
Examination Date: November 30th, 2016 Completion: December 9th, 2016 Summary: The piece was in good condition, it had tarnish all over the outside with some creeping into the inside. Treatment included washing with deionized water and Orvus initially, then with a paste of precipitated chalk.