August 1st

Back at Southwestern doing some volunteering and also answering a few questions. It’s nice to be back! After two weeks in Maine for a vacation, I feel refreshed!

Today I talked about mounting things with the new assistant. This is part of the training I’m doing for my “replacement”. We have very limited ways of, say, mounting a poster (NOT an archival poster or anything valuable, but posters we create for an exhibit that will be used for a limited time). The department used double stick tape, which can be fine if you are working on something with a darker or busy background, but I started using spray mount for the lighter posters. Neither of these ways is 100% great – the tape is difficult to place and can be seen – especially if it gets folded or lumpy. And the spray mount can have bubbles in it, even when you quickly use a brayer AND it needs to be used outdoors etc. The university has a dry mount press, which can mount things that look very professional, but it certainly isn’t big enough to mount a poster. Ah well, we use what we have and for our purposes most of the time, our tape and spray ways do the job just fine!

Today in the lab I am doing a few more tissue mends and flattening out some pages to be worked on next time. Again I am noticing today a few places where the mend is not sticking to the paper. I’m going to try to mix the wheat paste a little thicker and see if that helps.