#Conservation Category

Project: Floral Photographs of Japan

MoDA is currently seeking funding to conserve three historic albums of collotypes by pioneering Japanese photographer Kazumasa Ogawa.  These three albums – Lilies of Japan (1893), Chrysanthemums of Japan, (1893), and Some Japanese Flowers (1894) – are remarkable for the beauty of the images and for their close observation of nature. Who was Ogawa and […]

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Funded Conservation: Palladio Wallpapers

MoDA holds four Palladio wallpaper sample books, each featuring different designs. Other albums from the range are held at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester and the V&A in London. Large format wallpaper albums such as those in the Palladio range are difficult to handle because they are heavy, unwieldy, and fragile. But they are popular with […]

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Funded Conservation: Silver Studio Stencilled wallcoverings

The focus of this project is on original Art Nouveau stencilled wallcoverings on paper, grasspaper and textile.  They form part of MoDA’s Silver Studio Collection. As far as we know, no other institution holds similar or related materials, and no other artist or designer experimented with these particular combinations. These stencilled materials were made by […]

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Conservation Glossary

Conservators who deal with paper and books have developed a particular set of terminology to describe materials and procedures. Here is a glossary of terms commonly used in conservation projects at MoDA.     Abrasion scratching or scraping away of the media or paper surface   Accretion matter attached to surface of item (eg biscuit […]

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Conserving Transparent Paper from the Silver Studio Collection

MoDA’s Preventative Conservation Officer, Emma Shaw supports students on the MA Conservation course at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, through placements and project work. Recently, Elisabeth Randell completed some conservation work for us as part of her course and shares her experience. I was fortunate enough to work on three transparent […]

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Tracing Paper

MoDA’s Preventative Conservation Officer, Emma Shaw, shares her knowledge of tracing papers. I recently attended a two day Conservation of Tracing Paper Workshop at Tate Britain lead by Hildegard Homburger, a paper conservator from Berlin with a great deal of experience in the conservation of architectural designs and art works on tracing paper.  The course […]

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Historic Magazines given new lease of life

 MoDA’s Preventive Conservation Officer, Emma Shaw, explains how the magazine collection has recently become much more accessible to users. The collections of the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture include some fantastic magazines dating from the early twentieth century.  They are frequently requested by students and researchers because they are interesting from a variety of […]

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Book Conservation: Protecting the Protectors

Freelance paper conservator, Michal Sofer, has been working on MoDA’s book collections for the past few months.  The project has raised some interesting questions, such as when does a wrapper designed to protect something acquire the status of something that itself needs to be protected? The project is aimed at improving the condition and housing […]

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