Did you know that glue sticks can change the colour of paper?
Why is spit better than water for getting rid of a blood stain?
How can I mount a drawing without sticking it to anything?
Down in conservation, we approach art from a different perspective. Working with historic objects and contemporary art, we learn about how materials deteriorate and decay, and how to put them back together again. It’s great studying alongside artists, but we think it would be great to work together more!
We’ve been working together with students from different courses to figure out what you’d like to know from conservation. We’ve got a lot of plans in the process, from series of workshops to an online forum where you can post your questions and get advice on your work. To kick this off we’ve put together a small booklet with some advice on how materials change, and how to look after your work.
Called ‘Spilt Tea’ look out for the guide in September, and it might have something useful for you- from templates for boxes, ideas on testing your own pigments, and information on what kind of glues you might want to use. It’s not for us to tell artists how to do their work, but we can help you make informed decisions, and get to know your materials better.We’ll also be making it available online, so watch this space.
Come chat to us in the studio if you have a more specific question, and don’t forget to check out our final MA show in Camberwell Space from the 16th to the 22nd of June 2015!
The Spilt Tea guide will be available to UAL students from September 2015, for those with a curious side you can sneak peak the booklet at the MA Conservation degree show.