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Some places are available in the morning lecture
portion of the following workshop.  The full-day section is
closed.

History and Use of Medieval Pigments
A Workshop by Cheryl Porter
At the New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York,NY 10029
May 13-17, 2002
9 am - 5pm

The New York Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers will host
a five-day workshop on the History and Use of Medieval
Pigments and Inks. The morning sessions will include
discussions of original recipes, methods of manufacture,
trade routes, cost, and iconographic importance. Chemical
and physical properties of pigments and media will also be
addressed. Pigments including earth colors, medieval blues,
gold and verdigris; inks including iron gall, sepia, carbon
blacks; media including gum and egg; and dyes and lakes will
be examined. Various methods of identifying pigments will be
discussed. The afternoon laboratory sessions will include
preparation of samples of the colorants discussed in the
mornings, as well as the painting of samples to produce a
pigment chart. Appropriate methods for taking samples from
original manuscripts will be demonstrated. Practical methods
for consolidating flaking and friable pigments will be
discussed and demonstrated. The coloring of alum tawed
animal skins used for conservation work will also be given
practical consideration.

The workshop will be presented by Cheryl Porter. Ms Porter,
following her conservation studies at Camberwell College of
Arts in London, worked at University College London in the
Painting Analysis Unit and in the History of Art Department
analyzing pigments and application techniques used to
illuminate medieval manuscripts. She has worked closely with
the University of Cambridge on the analysis and conservation
of pigments and dyes. Ms Porter lectures and teaches
throughout the UK, Europe, and Australia and has been
director of the Montefiascone Library Conservation Project
in Italy since its inception in 1988.

Cost
Morning lecture series only: $40 NYC/GBW members, $60 non-
members.  Places are still available.

To register: contact Alexis Hagadorn at ah333@columbia.edu
AND mail a check made out to Guild of Book Workers for the
appropriate amount to: Alexis Hagadorn, P.O. Box 250432, New
York, NY  10025.

Alexis Hagadorn
Conservator for Special Collections
Columbia University Libraries
Co-Chair, NY Chapter of the GBW

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