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Karen Vidler has passed on foundation and advanced book & paper conservation skills and knowledge since 2010.  She teaches at an international level and has been a Tutor at various international institutions such as West Dean College, UK, The State Archive of Croatia, Zagreb, National Library of Singapore and State Library of Victoria, Melbourne. Her teaching programs are structured around the framework for professional standards as set down by The Institute for Conservation (ICON), UK, and the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM). She teaches at client studios and at her conservation bindery in Adelaide. She also delivers seminars and workshops on collection care for custodians of collections in libraries and archives.  She has supervised interns and work placement students from the UK, Australia, Belgium and the United States of America - see the Teaching Gallery.

Details of the Fundamentals of Book Conservation modules she offers at her conservation bindery are below. 

Teacher Karen Vidler (PM, AICCM)


Fundamentals of Book Conservation

Module 119 Paper Treatment & Repair  - suitable for absolute beginners

Module 120 Repair of Cloth Bindings - suitable for absolute beginners

Module 121 Conservation of Leather Bindings - students with some bookbinding experience

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Workshop 119: Enclosing damaged folio in
Reemay pocket before washing

 

Workshop 120: Attaching sized and coloured new cloth spine

 


Workshop 121: Attaching sewing cord extensions of linen thread to reattach the board on a leather binding

 
Basic tool kit for paper repair

 
Shaping repair on a light box

 
Toning repair paper for losses to a
dust jacket


Description:
 Two-day workshop is a combination of demonstrations
and practical work
in the treatment and repair of text blocks under
the guidance of Book & Paper Conservator-Restorer, Karen Vidler.


The Program:
Mechanical cleaning of paper
Washing and resizing paper
Toning repair materials
Tear and loss repair

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Toning repair materials for endcap and
corner repairs

 

Attaching new hollow of archival
quality paper

 
Shaping  a new endcap piece

Description:
Two-day workshop is a combination of demonstrations
and practical work
in the repair of cloth bindings under
the guidance of Book & Paper Conservator-Restorer, Karen Vidler.

The Program:
Board reattachment techniques
Spine linings and hollows
Toning repair materials
Endcap and corner repairs
Rebacking a cloth spine

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Module 121 Conservation of Leather Bindings

 
Ash testing for tannin type


 
Attaching a cord extension to reattached a board
 
Paring leather for a spine reback

Description:
Four-day workshop is a combination of demonstrations
and practical work
under the guidance of Book & Paper Conservator-Restorer, Karen Vidler.

The Program:
Bookbinding leather manufact
ure
Common types of deterioration
Ethics and treatment options
Treating degraded leathers
Leather paring and dyeing for repair
Board reattachment and leather rebacking


Please email Karen at bcsbindery@gmail.com for details of the next workshop dates.