Posts by Cecilia

Sacred tradition of India – A Sikh binding of the 18th century

“The sacred codex is the abode of the supreme being…” Guru Arjan Dev Ji, Adi Guru Granth Sahib It is...

Make it floral – A modified Japanese stab binding

Nowadays, when thinking of traditional Japanese bindings, stab bindings are the ones that come to mind. Originally coming from China,...

“Mischief managed” – unlocking epistolary writing

How secure do you want – or need – your message to be? Nowadays, emails, Messenger, Whatsapp and electronic communication have...

12th century English limp tawed skin binding model

In October 2017 I attended a three-day workshop organised by the ICON Book and Paper group at the British Library...

Tooling away! Gold-finishing workshop at the British Library

In May 2017, I attended a workshop about gold-finishing. The course was held at the British Library taught by Doug...

A conservation variation for the Ethiopic binding

Following a strong wish to deepen my knowledge of non-Western bookbindings, both to widen my experience as a conservator and...

15-16th century Al-Andalus binding model

In early August 2016 I had the chance to attend a one-week workshop as part of the Montefiascone Project, Italy...

Torn, wrinkled, stained and otherwise naughty sheets

A talk by Andrew Honey, British Library 9th of March 2017 How can we, as conservators, interpret paper flaws? This...

Hebrew scrolls

During my work at the Chester Beatty Library as the 2015-2016 Heritage Council Intern, I had the opportunity to work...

Ashmolean Loan, Oxford (UK) – “Power and Protection: Art and the Supernatural in the Islamic World”

During my work at the Chester Beatty Library as the 2015-2016 Heritage Council Intern, I was able to work on...

Collection rotations

Collection rotations are part of the on-going work of the Chester Beatty Library conservation studio. Since the beginning of my...

Western Hand-made paper making – video

Here is an interesting video about Western Hand-made paper making by Fabriano in Italy. The quality and characteristics of paper...

Pigment consolidation

During my work at the Chester Beatty Library as the 2015-2016 Heritage Council Intern, I had the opportunity to assess...

“Oxford University College Leases” – Iron gall ink treatment

I carried out this project during my placement in 2015 in the Oxford Conservation Consortium. These documents from the late...

“Care and conservation of manuscripts” in Copenhagen

On the 12th of April, I had the chance to fly to Denmark to be part of the Care and...

Chester Beatty Library – “Lapis and Gold, The Story of the Ruzbihan Qur’an” Temporary exhibition

During my work this year as the Heritage Council Intern in Book Conservation at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin,...

“Essays” by David Hume

Essays by David Hume is a half leather binding with a tube hollow, with five false raised bands, and it...

“Corpus Christi College Oxford” – Leather consolidation

This project was executed during a work placement in 2015 in the Oxford Conservation Consortium. Phi E.3.5. is a blind-tooled...

Limp-paper conservation bindings

I made these models of limp-paper conservation bindings in 2015 at West Dean College during a course given by Sonja Schwoll (associate...

Enclosures

During my studies at West Dean College, I made various enclosure models to gain better hand skills alongside a better understanding...

Seminar “Care and conservation of manuscripts” – Copenhagen

I am delighted to be part of the upcoming 16th seminar on the “Care and conservation of manuscripts” that will...