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Whats Paint Got to do with it? - I wrote in the footnotes of the Nov 2018 blog on ‘Medieval and Renaissance Pigments’ that paint is made of two components – pigment and medium. It led me to revisit my early enthusiasm for paint, paintings and the wondrous … Continue reading
Brief History of Pigments in Western Art – Part 1: Medieval and Renaissance Pigments - One of the questions I’m often asked of my job as Conservator of Paintings is why don’t I retouch with the same pigments the artist used? There are a number of answers to this but basically, sometimes I do use … Continue reading
BBC2 – ‘The Repair Shop’ – 2018 - Late summer 2018 sees The Repair Shop team filming series 4 & 5 for 2019. The show has gone from strength to strength with more experts coming in to the beautiful 18th Century barn at the Weald & Downland Open … Continue reading
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‘The Repair Shop’ BBC2 - A new reality with discernible talent to the fore. Stories of objects from the homes of the Nation. Continue reading
BBC2 ‘Restoration Roadshow’ 2014 - BBC 2′s Restoration Roadshow is on TV again, not only in the UK but in France too! There is a wealth of televisual material in Conservation and despite being called the ‘Restoration Roadshow‘ – the alliteration being somewhat sonorous – … Continue reading
Liquifying Paint - A painting made (and sold) in 2000 recently came in to my studio. It was a contemporary oil on canvas. This year – 2014 – the paint had started to ‘liquify‘ – rivulets of paint running down the surface of … Continue reading
Open letter to ICON – UK Institute of Conservation - Institute of Conservation 1.5 Lafone House The Leathermarket Weston Street London SE1 3ER October 23rd 2013 Dear ICON, This is an open letter about my increasing dissatisfaction with the lack of clarity, direction and membership support ICON is currently reflecting … Continue reading
Ethiopia - Travelling through Ethiopia in October this year brought me into contact with beautiful scenery, amazing people and contemplating a rich and wondrous cultural history. It is the land of AL129-1 commonly referred to as ‘Lucy’ aged 3.2 million years, vital … Continue reading
BBC2′s ‘Restoration Roadshow’ on TV for May and June 2013 - The 20 part series showcasing Restoration and Conservation for objects and paintings will be on BBC2 in May and June.

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