Journal articles for February 2010

AIC News, Vol.35, No.1, January 2010
Education in Electronic Media Art Conservation: Where we are and where we should be by Christine Frohnert & Martha Singer

CCBAG (Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild) Newsletter, Vol.28, No.1, Spring 2010
Vellum Binding with Don Etherington by Lee Oldford Churchill pp5-11
The Magic of Textiles by Barbara Helender pp.12-15
– Workshops: Late Coptic Binding by Jane Morgan pp16-18

Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, Volume 48, No.3, Fall/Winter 2009
Three-dimensional imaging of paint layers and paint substructures with synchrotron radiation computes u-laminography by Joris Dik et al. pp.185-198
This paper introduces synchrotron radiation computed micro-laminography in the study of paintings. The technique allows for three-dimensional imaging of the paint stratigraphy in a non-destructive mannet, enabling the imaging of paint layers, their interfaces, the ground and carrier. The technique is demonstrated on a test painting, and its interest to curators  and conservators of painting collections is discussed.
Among the dead and their possessions: a conservator’s role in the death, life, and afterlife of human remains and their associated objects by Sanchita Balachandran pp.199-222
This paper argues that conservators working on human remains preserve not only the physical remains of a once-living body, but also the traces of the narratives of a human life and its afterlife. The paper suggests that even minimal and mundane conservation practices can take on invasive qualities or new ritual significance when performed on human remains, and that respectful conservation treatments elicit an empathy for, and emotional response to, the remains themselves.
The effect of cyclododecane on carbon-14 dating of archaeological materials by Christie M. Pohl et al. pp.223-234
The impact of cyclododecane on the carbon-14 dating of archaeological materials was investigated using accelerator mass spectrometry.
Assessing the risks of alkaline damage during de-acidification treatments of oxidised paper by Catherine H. Stephens et al. pp235-249
 The sensitivity of oxidised cellulose to damaging beta-elimination reactions was studied to define safe Ph conditions and treatment times beyond which damage from alkaline treatment may occur; whether damage caused by alkaline treatment was affected by the type or amount of oxidation was also investigated.

News in Conservation, No.16, February 2010
– Haiti devastated by earthquake – report
– The Nic interview – should you tweet ?
– Conserving Aboriginal material culture: cultural and spiritual considerations by Vicki Humphrey
– Cultural networks and artists’ materials by Spike Bucklow

Guild of Book Workers Newsletter, No.188, February 2010
– Making your own text blocks for bookbinding by Alvey Jones
– Some thoughts on watercolour marbling paints by Iris Nevins
– Parchment making by Rachel Lapkin

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