Category Archives: From the studio

Newcastle upon Tyne; a new town in the old town

Rope-makers Oil yard Glass works Paper mill Foundry Coal pit Lime kilns Pottery mill Lead works Soap factory Bottle works Lunatic asylum Poor house Tannery Fever house Baths …and windmills aplenty. It doesn’t sound like Newcastle city centre, does it? … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Zoe Finlay Paper Conservation!

I’m delighted to report that today is the second birthday of of Zoe Finlay Paper Conservation. Thank you to all my customers who have brought me some wonderful objects this past two years. Your support and interest in paper conservation … Continue reading

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Chinese Woodblock Printing

I’m extremely excited as I’ve just booked myself onto ‘Chinese Woodblock Printing’ , a 3-day course held at the Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. I love the immediacy of woodblock printing. The simplicity of using hand-held tools to interact with a beautiful, natural material, taking into … Continue reading

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Preserving Family Photographs

I’ve spent my last few evenings finally sorting through some piles of old family photographs that I’ve been meaning to deal with for a while.  As many of my ancestors are untraceable and I have only scant information about a … Continue reading

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Patrick Moore’s Letter

With the recent and very sad passing of the astronomer, Sir Patrick Moore, I have read several articles which highlighted the many letters Patrick used to send to astronomy enthusiasts of all ages and abilities, bashing out his considered and … Continue reading

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Multi-coloured mould

I received an object into the studio recently which had what may be the worst mould I have ever seen on a paper object. Needless to say, it went straight into quarantine to reduce the risk of any spread of … Continue reading

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Buckets of rain…buckets of tears…

‘..got all them buckets coming out of my ears’… as Bob Dylan lamented in his song. It sprang to my mind as I watched the rain falling yet again, (where is it all coming from)? I sincerely hope that your home is … Continue reading

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Lighting the losses

I’ve just upgraded my old light box for a much larger version which is going to be fantastic for carrying out many of my paper repairs. To be suitable for paper conservation light boxes need to meet several requirements such as … Continue reading

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Holiday closure of studio

The studio is currently closed until Tuesday 07th August 2012.

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Un-framing paintings and prints

Unframing a painting or a print can be quite an exciting moment as you never know quite what you may find inside. It’s the conservators first opportunity to get to know an object properly and there can often be something … Continue reading

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