A Taste of Plastics

Posted on Wed, 02/24/2010 - 13:49
{jcomments on}Parallel session
A Taste of Plastics
Wednesday 9th June, 15:00-17:30 (including travel)
Thea van Oosten, senior conservation scientist
Anna Laganà, researcher of modern materials  / conservator
Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage / ICN
Participants will be taken by bus to ICN, leaving the symposium location at 15:00. The workshop starts at 15:30 and ends at 17:30.
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This (short) workshop will take participants on a journey into the world of plastics. What are plastics? What types are there? How do they behave? How does one conserve and restore plastics? The practical workshop will include a demonstration as well as hands on cleaning and adhering of plastic objects. This session is specifically designed for people who never have learned about plastics but always wanted to know more…
Maximum number of participants: 20
Drs. Thea B. van Oosten has worked for ICN since 1989 when she started the research programme in modern materials. She is currently engaged in Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR),  Raman spectroscopy,  Differential Scanning Calorimetry(DSC) and Thermoluminesce(TL)  analyses of plastics in objects of cultural heritage and modern materials in modern and contemporary art objects. Specialised in the conservation of modern and contemporary art and design objects she has contributed to several publications such as Modern Art: Who Cares? (1999), Plastics, Collecting and Conserving and Plastics In Art. Thea disseminates her knowledge and experience by teaching courses and workshops and giving lectures in the Netherlands and abroad. She was involved in several international research projects supported by the European Union or businesses in the industry. Her research is currently focused with the European project POPART (Preservation Of Plastics ARTefacts in museum collections, 2008-2011). http://popart.mnhn.fr/. Thea is treasurer of the Directory Board of ICOM-CC.
Anna Laganà is a conservator/researcher of modern materials, currently working at ICN for the POPART project.  She trained as a paintings conservator at the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro (ISCR) in Rome where she specialised in modern and contemporary art conservation with a thesis on conservation of plastics in art. In 2006 she attended the Plastics Masterclass at ICN and she did a Master in Conservation Teaching at the Centro Conservazione e Restauro La Venaria Reale (CCR) in Turin which included an internship at the research department of the ICN on modern materials conservation. Anna has worked as a freelance paintings and modern art conservator for several ateliers and institutes such as the Biennale of Venice, and in 2007-2008 as the coordinator of the Modern and Contemporary Art Laboratory at the CCR. Anna disseminates her knowledge on plastics conservation by giving courses and workshops at ICN and other institutes.