Discovering the Whitefriars Collection 2017

Follow the progress of the Rakow Library as we preserve and digitize the Whitefriars Stained Glass Cartoon Collection. Find the 2015 and 2016 projects here: https://storify.com/corningmuseum/

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  1. Conservation #toolsofthetrade: erasers, distilled water . . . saliva?! #Whitefriars interns Pascual and Colette reduced the silver mirroring on these silver gelatin photographs with both expected and unexpected tools. They treated these photographs while visiting project partners @westlakeconservators. #whitefriarswednesday #photoconservation #todayinthelab #rakowlibrary #libraryjobs
    Conservation #toolsofthetrade: erasers, distilled water . . . saliva?! #Whitefriars interns Pascual and Colette reduced the silver mirroring on these silver gelatin photographs with both expected and unexpected tools. They treated these photographs while visiting project partners @westlakeconservators. #whitefriarswednesday #photoconservation #todayinthelab #rakowlibrary #libraryjobs
  2. We’re diving into the unknown this week with a new #Whitefriars cartoon. Unlike with earlier cartoons, #RakowLibrary interns Pascual and Colette know very little about this object, only that it’s labelled “Christ in the Carpenter’s Shop.” They don’t know where the final window is installed (if one was made), who made the design, or when it was made. To help determine their treatment strategy, they took this photograph using raking light. This light helps them see and document the surface topography of the cartoon. As you can see, this object needs a lot of work! #whitefriarswednesday #paperconservation #todayinthelab #rakinglight #librariesofinstagram #jamespowellandsons #paperconservators
    We’re diving into the unknown this week with a new #Whitefriars cartoon. Unlike with earlier cartoons, #RakowLibrary interns Pascual and Colette know very little about this object, only that it’s labelled “Christ in the Carpenter’s Shop.” They don’t know where the final window is installed (if one was made), who made the design, or when it was made. To help determine their treatment strategy, they took this photograph using raking light. This light helps them see and document the surface topography of the cartoon. As you can see, this object needs a lot of work! #whitefriarswednesday #paperconservation #todayinthelab #rakinglight #librariesofinstagram #jamespowellandsons #paperconservators
  3. Pascual and Colette here to finish our #Whitefriars takeover with a photo of us at Trinity Church in Binghamton, NY. It is always wonderful to visit the churches with Whitefriars windows - seeing the #stainedglasswindow is so different than working on the cartoon. Stay tuned for our next blog post, where we’ll tell you about our trips to NYC and Binghamton! #RakowLibrary #libraryjobs #cmog #libraryinterns #whitefriarsglass #jamespowellandsons @pascualcons
    Pascual and Colette here to finish our #Whitefriars takeover with a photo of us at Trinity Church in Binghamton, NY. It is always wonderful to visit the churches with Whitefriars windows - seeing the #stainedglasswindow is so different than working on the cartoon. Stay tuned for our next blog post, where we’ll tell you about our trips to NYC and Binghamton! #RakowLibrary #libraryjobs #cmog #libraryinterns #whitefriarsglass #jamespowellandsons @pascualcons
  4. Colette and Pascual here for the #Whitefriars Instagram takeover. Here’s one of our cartoons side-by-side with the finished #stainedglasswindow from the Cathedral of St. John in Albuquerque, NM. This is the only Whitefriars window in the church. See Colette treating this cartoon in our previous post. #RakowLibrary #cmog #jamespowellandsons #whitefriarsglass #archivesofinstagram #artconservation @pascualcons  @stjohnscath
    Colette and Pascual here for the #Whitefriars Instagram takeover. Here’s one of our cartoons side-by-side with the finished #stainedglasswindow from the Cathedral of St. John in Albuquerque, NM. This is the only Whitefriars window in the church. See Colette treating this cartoon in our previous post. #RakowLibrary #cmog #jamespowellandsons #whitefriarsglass #archivesofinstagram #artconservation @pascualcons @stjohnscath
  5. Colette here for the #Whitefriars takeover. I’m mending a cartoon for a #stainedglasswindow in the Cathedral of St. John in Albuquerque, NM. I’m especially excited to treat this object, because I grew up in Albuquerque. #RakowLibrary #cmog #paperconservator #librariesofinstagram #libraryinterns #jamespowellandsons @stjohnscath
    Colette here for the #Whitefriars takeover. I’m mending a cartoon for a #stainedglasswindow in the Cathedral of St. John in Albuquerque, NM. I’m especially excited to treat this object, because I grew up in Albuquerque. #RakowLibrary #cmog #paperconservator #librariesofinstagram #libraryinterns #jamespowellandsons @stjohnscath
  6. This is Colette and Pascual. Our Whitefriars takeover continues today with more images from the #Whitefriars conservation project. We’re laying out tracings from the #LadyChapel in Liverpool Cathedral on blotter paper. These works have been humidified and will be left under weights for several days to dry. There were over 20 tracings, of various sizes, in this roll! #todayinthelab #libraryjobs #RakowLibrary #librariesofinstagram #paperconservators #jamespowellandsons #cmog #artconservation @pascualcons  @livcathedral
    This is Colette and Pascual. Our Whitefriars takeover continues today with more images from the #Whitefriars conservation project. We’re laying out tracings from the #LadyChapel in Liverpool Cathedral on blotter paper. These works have been humidified and will be left under weights for several days to dry. There were over 20 tracings, of various sizes, in this roll! #todayinthelab #libraryjobs #RakowLibrary #librariesofinstagram #paperconservators #jamespowellandsons #cmog #artconservation @pascualcons @livcathedral
  7. #Whitefriars interns Pascual and Colette back to share more images from the Church of the Heavenly Rest. Here, we have a silver gelatin photograph of a Whitefriars cartoon on the left, and the full-color cartoon on the right. This was one of the windows we were fortunate enough to see during our trip to New York City earlier this summer (swipe left to see it). #RakowLibrary #paperconservation #librariesofinstagram #whitefriarsglass #jamespowellandsons #cmog @pascualcons @heavenlyrestnyc
    #Whitefriars interns Pascual and Colette back to share more images from the Church of the Heavenly Rest. Here, we have a silver gelatin photograph of a Whitefriars cartoon on the left, and the full-color cartoon on the right. This was one of the windows we were fortunate enough to see during our trip to New York City earlier this summer (swipe left to see it). #RakowLibrary #paperconservation #librariesofinstagram #whitefriarsglass #jamespowellandsons #cmog @pascualcons @heavenlyrestnyc
  8. Pascual and Colette here for the #Whitefriars Instagram takeover. Recently, we tried making the glass weights we use to hold down cartoons in the lab. Eric Meek, #CMoG Hot Glass Programs Manager and gaffer, helped us out - it was much harder than it looked! #museumjobs #rakowlibrary #libraryinterns #ericmeek #glassofig @pascualcons  @meekhotglass
    Pascual and Colette here for the #Whitefriars Instagram takeover. Recently, we tried making the glass weights we use to hold down cartoons in the lab. Eric Meek, #CMoG Hot Glass Programs Manager and gaffer, helped us out - it was much harder than it looked! #museumjobs #rakowlibrary #libraryinterns #ericmeek #glassofig @pascualcons @meekhotglass
  9. Colette and Pascual, #Whitefriars interns, back again and prepping a humidification chamber for some large waxed canvases. First, we spray blotter paper with distilled water, then we lay a sheet of waterproof, breathable fabric membrane on top. Non-woven fabric is placed on top of the fabric membrane, and finally, the canvas is placed on top of this. The water vapor will relax the object and then we will dry it under blotter paper and weights. #todayinthelab #RakowLibrary #museumjobs #librariesofinstagram #cmog #whitefriarsglass #artconservation #paperconservators @pascualcons
  10. This is Colette and Pascual. We’re taking over CMoG’s Instagram to share images of the #Whitefriars conservation project. Sometimes the cartoons we work on are very large, like this cartoon for a #stainedglass window at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in NYC. With objects this big, we need to improvise because of limited space in the lab. In this case, we had to humidify the cartoon on the floor because it was too large for our tables. #paperconservation #libraryjobs #RakowLibrary #cmog #todayinthelab #libraryinterns #jamespowellandsons @pascualcons  @heavenlyrestnyc
    This is Colette and Pascual. We’re taking over CMoG’s Instagram to share images of the #Whitefriars conservation project. Sometimes the cartoons we work on are very large, like this cartoon for a #stainedglass window at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in NYC. With objects this big, we need to improvise because of limited space in the lab. In this case, we had to humidify the cartoon on the floor because it was too large for our tables. #paperconservation #libraryjobs #RakowLibrary #cmog #todayinthelab #libraryinterns #jamespowellandsons @pascualcons @heavenlyrestnyc
  11. Pascual and Colette back again for the #Whitefriars Instagram takeover. This #privledge cartoon needed mending on both sides. First, we repaired tears on the front side of the cartoon. Once those dried, we flipped it over and mended the back. This cartoon has many missing areas of paper and tears along the sides. We repaired and stabilized the edges using Japanese tissue paper and wheat starch paste. This cartoon is for a window design in the Church of the Heavenly Rest in NYC. #paperconservation #paperrepair #RakowLibrary #libraryjobs #libraryinterns #jamespowellandsons #cmog @pascualcons  @heavenlyrestnyc
    Pascual and Colette back again for the #Whitefriars Instagram takeover. This #privledge cartoon needed mending on both sides. First, we repaired tears on the front side of the cartoon. Once those dried, we flipped it over and mended the back. This cartoon has many missing areas of paper and tears along the sides. We repaired and stabilized the edges using Japanese tissue paper and wheat starch paste. This cartoon is for a window design in the Church of the Heavenly Rest in NYC. #paperconservation #paperrepair #RakowLibrary #libraryjobs #libraryinterns #jamespowellandsons #cmog @pascualcons @heavenlyrestnyc
  12. Pascual and Colette back again for the #Whitefriars Instagram takeover. #DidYouKnow there are many different types of Japanese tissue paper? Conservators use this paper to repair tears, among other things. We are using gampi, sekishu, and tengujo Japanese papers for the #Whitefriars project. #washi #paperconservation #RakowLibrary #cmog #artconservation #dyk @pascualcons
    Pascual and Colette back again for the #Whitefriars Instagram takeover. #DidYouKnow there are many different types of Japanese tissue paper? Conservators use this paper to repair tears, among other things. We are using gampi, sekishu, and tengujo Japanese papers for the #Whitefriars project. #washi #paperconservation #RakowLibrary #cmog #artconservation #dyk @pascualcons
  13. Pascual and Colette here for the #Whitefriars Instagram takeover. We’re mending a large #stainedglass cartoon from Church of the Heavenly Rest in NYC. Some mends are more complicated than others and require extra work. These cartoons are so large that we are both working on one side at a time. This cartoon is over six feet (2 meters) long! Swipe left to see us in motion. #RakowLibrary #libraryinterns #paperconservation #cmog #whitefriarsglass #librariesofinstagram #todayinthelab @pascualcons  @heavenlyrestnyc
    Pascual and Colette here for the #Whitefriars Instagram takeover. We’re mending a large #stainedglass cartoon from Church of the Heavenly Rest in NYC. Some mends are more complicated than others and require extra work. These cartoons are so large that we are both working on one side at a time. This cartoon is over six feet (2 meters) long! Swipe left to see us in motion. #RakowLibrary #libraryinterns #paperconservation #cmog #whitefriarsglass #librariesofinstagram #todayinthelab @pascualcons @heavenlyrestnyc
  14. This is Colette and Pascual. We’re taking over CMoG’s Instagram to share images of the #Whitefriars conservation project. We need to have a lot of tools on hand for our conservation work. Take a look at Pascual’s #toolkit and some of the tools we used #todayinthelab. Above the kit are bamboo and bone folders, scalpels, tweezers, brushes, and a water brush. In the kit (L to R) are hake and ink brushes, a metal spatula and scalpel, leather and paring knives, a stick eraser, and a wood folder. #RakowLibrary #cmog #libraryjobs #paperconservation #stainedglass @pascualcons
    This is Colette and Pascual. We’re taking over CMoG’s Instagram to share images of the #Whitefriars conservation project. We need to have a lot of tools on hand for our conservation work. Take a look at Pascual’s #toolkit and some of the tools we used #todayinthelab. Above the kit are bamboo and bone folders, scalpels, tweezers, brushes, and a water brush. In the kit (L to R) are hake and ink brushes, a metal spatula and scalpel, leather and paring knives, a stick eraser, and a wood folder. #RakowLibrary #cmog #libraryjobs #paperconservation #stainedglass @pascualcons
  15. Colette and Pascual back for the #Whitefriars Instagram takeover. Take a look at these two sections of a #Whitefriars window from Trinity Church in Binghamton, NY. We treated a cartoon for the left half of the #stainedglasswindow, but didn’t find the cartoon for the right half. We saw the window in its entirety during our trip to Binghamton earlier this week. #Whitefriarsglass #jamespowellandsons #RakowLibrary #cmog @pascualcons
    Colette and Pascual back for the #Whitefriars Instagram takeover. Take a look at these two sections of a #Whitefriars window from Trinity Church in Binghamton, NY. We treated a cartoon for the left half of the #stainedglasswindow, but didn’t find the cartoon for the right half. We saw the window in its entirety during our trip to Binghamton earlier this week. #Whitefriarsglass #jamespowellandsons #RakowLibrary #cmog @pascualcons
  16. Pascual and Colette here for the #Whitefriars Instagram takeover. We use these #toolsofthetrade when dry cleaning items. They remove dirt, dust, and adhesives from soiled surfaces. Featured here are (clockwise): a vulcanized rubber sponge (aka ‘dirt eraser’), a conservation grade rubber eraser, a crepe rubber eraser, a bamboo brush, two packages of eraser crumbs, and a hake brush. #RakowLibrary #museumjobs #paperconservation #cmog #conservationtools @pascualcons
    Pascual and Colette here for the #Whitefriars Instagram takeover. We use these #toolsofthetrade when dry cleaning items. They remove dirt, dust, and adhesives from soiled surfaces. Featured here are (clockwise): a vulcanized rubber sponge (aka ‘dirt eraser’), a conservation grade rubber eraser, a crepe rubber eraser, a bamboo brush, two packages of eraser crumbs, and a hake brush. #RakowLibrary #museumjobs #paperconservation #cmog #conservationtools @pascualcons
  17. Pascual and Colette back again for the #Whitefriars Instagram takeover. Here we are with #paperconservator Moya Dumville of @westlakeconservators. We were lucky enough to see this #stainedglasswindow in person at Trinity Church in Binghamton, NY. We had the privilege of treating the cartoon for the left half of the window, which you can see in our last post. #stainedglass #RakowLibrary #Whitefriarsglass #cmog @pascualcons
    Pascual and Colette back again for the #Whitefriars Instagram takeover. Here we are with #paperconservator Moya Dumville of @westlakeconservators. We were lucky enough to see this #stainedglasswindow in person at Trinity Church in Binghamton, NY. We had the privilege of treating the cartoon for the left half of the window, which you can see in our last post. #stainedglass #RakowLibrary #Whitefriarsglass #cmog @pascualcons
  18. This is Pascual (@pascualcons) and Colette. We’re taking over CMoG’s Instagram to share images of the Whitefriars conservation project. These #Whitefriars cartoons are for #stainedglass windows in Trinity Church in Binghamton, NY, Pennington Church (possibly in NJ), and Calvary Church in Summit, NJ. The cartoons came from a roll depicting the same subjects: Jesus Christ, Martha of Bethany, and Mary. Swipe left to see the similarities between the cartoons. The 2016 Whitefriars interns, @lorhash and @booraspberry visited Calvary Church and see the windows in person. #museumjobs #librariesofinstagram #jamespowellandsons #rakowlibrary #cmog
    This is Pascual (@pascualcons) and Colette. We’re taking over CMoG’s Instagram to share images of the Whitefriars conservation project. These #Whitefriars cartoons are for #stainedglass windows in Trinity Church in Binghamton, NY, Pennington Church (possibly in NJ), and Calvary Church in Summit, NJ. The cartoons came from a roll depicting the same subjects: Jesus Christ, Martha of Bethany, and Mary. Swipe left to see the similarities between the cartoons. The 2016 Whitefriars interns, @lorhash and @booraspberry visited Calvary Church and see the windows in person. #museumjobs #librariesofinstagram #jamespowellandsons #rakowlibrary #cmog
  19. The #Whitefriars conservation interns are taking over Instagram! Colette and Pascual are paper conservators who are spending the summer treating cartoons (working drawings) for #stainedglass windows made by James Powell & Sons (a.k.a. Whitefriars). During their takeover, Colette and Pascual will share photos and videos of their work, the collection, and the Whitefriars windows they saw in person. Be sure to watch this channel for their posts! ..This detail from a cartoon might show Jesus calming the storm. The cartoon was made for the Church of the Heavenly Rest in NYC, but may never have been made into a window. #whitefriarswednesday #rakowlibrary #corningmuseumofglass #cmog #glassofig #paperconservation #photoconservation #artconservation #librariesofinstagram #libraryinterns #whitefriarsglass #jamespowellandsons
    The #Whitefriars conservation interns are taking over Instagram! Colette and Pascual are paper conservators who are spending the summer treating cartoons (working drawings) for #stainedglass windows made by James Powell & Sons (a.k.a. Whitefriars). During their takeover, Colette and Pascual will share photos and videos of their work, the collection, and the Whitefriars windows they saw in person. Be sure to watch this channel for their posts! ..This detail from a cartoon might show Jesus calming the storm. The cartoon was made for the Church of the Heavenly Rest in NYC, but may never have been made into a window. #whitefriarswednesday #rakowlibrary #corningmuseumofglass #cmog #glassofig #paperconservation #photoconservation #artconservation #librariesofinstagram #libraryinterns #whitefriarsglass #jamespowellandsons
  20. This #Whitefriars stained glass cartoon needed a little TLC, so conservation interns Colette and Pascual used special sponges (a.k.a. dirt erasers) to clean the surface of the paper. Swipe left to see the results! 🔷🔷🔷 This cartoon is one of several in the Whitefriars collection that were used to make stained glass windows for @heavenlyrestnyc. #whitefriarswednesday #rakowlibrary #paperconservation #libraryinterns #todayinthelab #beforeandafter #whitefriarsglass
    This #Whitefriars stained glass cartoon needed a little TLC, so conservation interns Colette and Pascual used special sponges (a.k.a. dirt erasers) to clean the surface of the paper. Swipe left to see the results! 🔷🔷🔷 This cartoon is one of several in the Whitefriars collection that were used to make stained glass windows for @heavenlyrestnyc. #whitefriarswednesday #rakowlibrary #paperconservation #libraryinterns #todayinthelab #beforeandafter #whitefriarsglass
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