VOLUNTEER ASSOCIATION | Textile Museum of Canada
TMC Library volunteers met in June for a training session on book repair. Our guide was book conservator and binder Rose Newlove.
We met in fibrespace, learning new skills and reviewing old ones, as Rose presented techniques for mending bindings, protecting damaged books and maintaining the aesthetic values of some of our older volumes. We marvelled as she demonstrated a delicate technique for repairing a paper tear using Japanese paper. This lesson will renew our ability to carry out simple repairs while enhancing our understanding of what is required to maintain the integrity of prized works in our collection.
The H.N. Pullar Library serves staff of the Textile Museum of Canada and is open to the public on weekday afternoons for reference purposes. It contains a valuable collection dealing with the history and cultural origins of textiles, techniques used in the fabrication of handmade textiles, as well as the creativity of fibre artists.
Thanks to Rose for leading an intense session, to Susan Fohr, education coordinator, for the use of fibrespace, and to curator Natalia Nekrassova for her support of this project.