Conservation of an object begins with a treatment plan outlined in a proposal. Preserving objects from institutional clients or cherished family heirlooms requires knowledge of fiber science, an object’s construction and components, and the causes of deterioration or loss.
What steps are involved in a treatment plan?
Examination and Documentation
Including research to determine fiber, weave structure, color permanence, age, construction, causes of loss and damage, digital documentation of current condition, prognosis of treatment outcome, and suggestions for future care, exhibition, and storage.
Production of a Treatment Plan Includes information from step one, and recommendations, methodology, materials, and equipment to be utilized for each procedure. Treatment and conservation grade material costs are outlined in this proposal.
Treatment Proposal Review
Proposal is reviewed with the client and if agreed upon, a Conservation Services Agreement outlining payment schedule, liability, confidentiality, and reproduction rights is signed and the treatment is then scheduled. All treatment performed at The Studio for Textile Conservation follows The American Institute for Conservation Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.