It is of great importance for the contemporary book and paper conservator to be able to characterize all aspects of a document. This fast-paced, hands-on workshop will begin with an overview of traditional fine art, commercial and office printing processes, and progress to the most important digital printing processes in use today, with emphasis on their identifiable characteristics as seen with the stereomicroscope. Each student will receive a large reference set of known printing processes for use during the class and to take home, as well as a copy of the presenter’s publication "Printing Process Identification: A Microscopical Atlas." Also, a large number of prints and books from the presenter’s reference collection will be available for study, including the New Zealand Police's Printing Processes Manual and the Digital Printing Process Sample Set from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The workshop will include the identification of a variety of unknowns.
Experience with stereomicroscope is beneficial, but not required.
Students are expected to successfully complete a variety of tasks in the form of hands-on exercises, laboratory exercises, identifications of unknowns, and quizzes. Students are notified at the end of the course whether or not they have successfully completed the requirements of the course based on:
Upon successfully meeting these requirements, a student is awarded a certificate of completion and CEU credits, if available. Those who have not successfully passed the course requirements do not receive a certificate or CEU credits.