First Day of Class

Spring 2021 has arrived, bringing with it the start of two very hands-on courses: Introduction to Paper Conservation and Disaster Planning and Response. For both courses, workspace set-up is critical. Here, you can see my space: a laptop for my syllabus and class notes; a desktop for Zoom and Canvas; and an overhead webcam for hands-on demonstrations. Now, if only I had an on-air producer to run this show!

Remote teaching
Ready for the first day, Spring 2021.

Preparing for Spring

As the fall semester draws to a close, I’m in the lab today packing supply kits for my upcoming spring classes: Introduction to Paper Conservation and Disaster Planning and Response. Here’s a peek behind the scenes of remote learning. Looking forward to seeing you all in January!

spring supply kit
Packing supply kits for spring. Those folders are full of pre-cuts and practice materials, organized by week.

#AskAConservator Day

Today is #AskAConservator Day! This annual event commemorates the November 1966 flood in Florence, Italy, when priceless cultural heritage was damaged. The international salvage efforts that resulted from this disaster built the foundation of the modern field of conservation.

Do you have questions about caring for personal treasures or family keepsakes? Want to know more about conservation? Let’s chat in the comments below! You can also watch social media for #AskAConservator all day today.

#AskAConservator

Unraveling the Myth: Harry Jander’s Tall-Tale Textiles

I’m thrilled to announce the launch of Unraveling the Myth: Harry Jander’s Tall-Tale Textiles, an exhibit presented by INF 386E, Planning and Understanding Exhibits. The exhibit is on view in the right corridor of the UTA building now through November 24.

Harry Jander was a textile collector whose yarns regularly stretched the bounds of belief. Did he really receive a diamond ring from Queen Mary? Did he actually wear a Ming Dynasty robe to relax at home? Did he truly collect textiles from royalty and celebrities? This exhibit explores Jander’s textile collection and the mysteries surrounding it.

INF 386E students have created this exhibit during the COVID-19 pandemic, working remotely to select materials, craft narrative, draft text, create exhibit supports, and so much more. Hats off to their perseverance and collaborative work! UT community, should you make an in-person visit to UTA, we hope you’ll stop by.

Harry Jander's Tall-Tale Textiles
Window 1, Jander’s robe
Harry Jander's Tall-Tale Textiles
Window 2, textile identification and description
Harry Jander's Tall-Tale Textiles
Window 3, celebrity connections