Practical leather conservation.
Usually held in Northampton, UK. Others venues are possible, in the UK and abroad.
Dates: Courses are held at times to suit the participants
Cost: 395 pounds sterling.
NEW. Distance learning via zoom or similar is also possible. Students are sent a pack of sample materials, tools etc. so that the practical work is possible. Cost varies according to the number of students.
A sample programme is available here:
A five day programme is also available for larger groups and universities.
Theo Sturge teaching students at
the Institut fur
Konservierung-Restaurierung, Akademie der bildenden Kunste, Vienna. He
also teaches at universities in Oslo, Gothenburg and Vantaa, Finland.
An introductory course to some of the techniques more commonly used in
leather conservation. The course will include theory and practical. The
course will aim to provide participants with a range of techniques for use on a
wide variety of leather artefacts.
Topics to be covered include:
Methods of repair, including the choice of repair material and adhesive, and
hints and tips on getting the best results. Repair materials including leather,
and woven and non-woven fabrics will be considered. Adhesives such as the
Lascaux acrylics, Evacon-R, Beva 371 and wheat starch paste will be discussed.
Their method of application and the control of drying will be examined.
Gap filling with Beva 371, leather, Japanese tissue paper etc.
Surface finishes and dressings.
Humidification to allow reshaping.
Dying leather and toning in areas of damage to match the colour surrounding
Leather working techniques. To include skiving with an English knife (once you
have learnt to do it you will never use a scalpel again), basic saddle stitching
with two needles, and skived joints.
Make a piece of gilt leather (beware, this can be very addictive and take up all
Cost: 395 pounds Sterling per person including all materials, tea, coffee and lunch.
Accommodation in Northampton is available locally at additional cost. Number of participants:
2 or 3.
Enquiries: 0044 (0) 1604 717929