Art on paper and heritage documents can deteriorate or be damaged.
I bring back the joy and appreciation of your artwork or document:
art on paper, heritage documents, any work on paper.
Diana Coop Conservation is a specialised paper conservation service based in Wellington, providing conservation treatments and consulting services to individuals, the gallery, library, archive, and museum sector, local authorities and government agencies throughout New Zealand.
I undertake remedial treatments and restoration of works on paper including watercolours, prints, drawings, pencil, ink, crayon, charcoal, pastels, manuscripts, archival material, heritage documents, and photographs.
I also prepare any of these Works for digitisation projects or exhibitions.
Typical paper treatments:
general paper discolouration removal
surface dirt cleaning
spots, stains or foxing removal
harmful acidic mounting board removal
damaging adhesives removal
double sided tape, Sellotape or masking tape removal
repairs, linings and infill losses to missing areas
retouching or toning to minimise the visual impact of damage
conservation mounting for framing
Each treatment is individual and tailored. It is best to bring your work to the studio to discuss treatment options. For larger projects or for institutions I can work on-site.
If you can't personally bring your work this is generally how the process goes:
Contact me about treatment needed
You organise delivery to studio, and insurance of your work
I assesses your work. Note that off-site assessments will incur a call out fee
Treatment options given
Time and cost of treatment estimated
Treatment and payment options agreed
Terms and conditions signed before any treatment proceeds
You are kept up-to-date on treatment progress
Post-treatment report and photography
Your work readied for return transport
Condition and treatment report, with before and after photos, and invoice sent to you
Your work returned as agreed
I have had many years experience in the management of heritage collections and providing conservation advice to government agencies and non-government organisations:
collection surveys and condition reports
prioritising preservation options
digitisation priorities and options
long term storage solutions
exhibition standards and recommendations
treatment priorities and options
Importantly I can offer best practice advice for the physical storage of items to meet the Records Management Standard for New Zealand Public Sector requirements.
I have over 25 years of hands-on experience in the conservation and care of a range of paper-based materials. These include works of cultural and national significance, and personal or family treasures and collections:
Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti o Waitangi
Women’s Suffrage Petition 1893
I have worked as a professional paper conservator at major galleries, museums and archives in New Zealand and Australia. I also undertook an internship at the British Museum, Eastern Pictorial Conservation Section.
For a full resume refer to Diana Coop at LinkedIn.
I am a professionally trained paper conservator, with an active role in the NZCCM, New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials Pu Manaaki Kahurangi.
Bachelor of Applied Science, Conservation of Cultural Materials (Paper) University of Canberra, Australia
I have regularly updated my professional skills with courses:
Risk assessment for collections
Removal of pressure sensitive tapes
Conservation of colour photographs and digital prints
For full qualifications refer to Diana Coop at LinkedIn.