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Wednesday, May 31 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
037. (Objects) Mending Baskets: Revisiting older approaches with new techniques and inventing better solutions

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In 2011, the Arizona State Museum (ASM) basketry collection became an official project of the Save America's Treasures (SAT) program. Known as Woven Wonders: Basketry Project, this effort addressed the need for new environmentally controlled, secure, unified space for over 35,000 cataloged items that includes arguably the largest and most comprehensive collection of southwest basketry items. Much has been accomplished since the initial SAT grant. Specifically, treatment protocols have been developed, approved, executed, and refined with funding from two IMLS awards. The treatments and storage supports used on basketry at the ASM are based on professional standards and special knowledge gained during the Item-by-Item survey during the multi-year treatment phase of the project. The equipment, supplies and materials for the conservation treatment of the basketry have been tested for use in conservation and are generally available through known distributors within the fields of conservation and collections management. They are considered safe, appropriate, stable, and reversible. The conservation of a research based collection has required conservators to be mindful of: surface sampling protocols; indigenous and historic use, residues, and repairs; and identification of materials and technologies. Mending, the general expression that emphasizes the idea of making something damaged whole and complete is not exactly the correct definition for all basketry conservation treatments. However, the techniques employed seek to address a specific structural problem with minimal introduction of new material or disturbance of original material. This poster illustrates details for many of the successful treatments developed for items in the ethnographic and archaeological collection.

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Leah Bright

Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, National Museum of the American Indian
Growing up in Fairbanks, Alaska, Leah developeda passion for experimenting and crafting withnatural materials at an early age. She later transferred this interest into a dual degree in Art History and Spanish from the University of Oregon. Leah combined these fields of study by researching... Read More →
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Betsy Burr

Assistant Conservator, Western Archeological and Conservation Center, National Park Service
Betsy Burr is from Minneapolis, MN and began her training in conservation at the Minnesota Historical Society in Saint Paul. She received her MA in 2016 from UCLA in Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials where she completed her thesis on dye analysis of archaeological... Read More →
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Skyler Jenkins

Graduate Student Researcher, UCLA/Getty Program for the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials
Skyler graduated with an MA in Principles of Conservation from University College London in 2012. Her research interests include the intersection of organic and inorganic material in situ, interdisciplinary conservation outreach, preventive conservation, and conservation ethics. From... Read More →
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Dr. Nancy Odegaard

Conservator, Head of Preservation Division, Arizona State Museum; Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, School of Anthropology, American Indian Studies GIDP, University of Arizona, University of Arizona
Nancy Odegaard is the Head of the Preservation Division at the Arizona State Museum on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson where she is also a professor with the Department of Material Science & Engineering, the School of Anthropology, and the Drachman Institute (historic... Read More →

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Nicole L Peters

Conservator, Peters Art Conservation Services, LLC
Nicole Peters received a Master of Arts and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation with a focus in objects conservation from Buffalo State College in 2016. Prior to her formal graduate training in art conservation, Nicole received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration... Read More →
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Marilen Pool

Project Conservator, Arizona State Museum
Marilen Pool is an Objects Conservator specializing in ethnographic and archaeological artifacts.  She is currently working as the Project Conservator on the IMLS funded “Conservation of Southwest Ceramic Vessels” phase of the Pottery Project.  She has worked previously in the... Read More →
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Gina Marie Watkinson

Conservation Lab Manager, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona

Wednesday May 31, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Riverside West Exhibit Hall Exhibit Level, East Tower
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