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Works on Paper provides professional, museum-quality conservation services for artistic and historic works on paper. We offer a full range of conservation treatments for a wide variety of paper-based objects for both institutional and private clients. Carolyn Frisa, owner and head conservator, holds a master's degree in paper conservation and has over fifteen years of experience in the field. She has been a Professional Associate of the American Institute of Conservation since 2007.

Services we offer:

  • Examination and condition assessment
  • Condition reports and treatment proposals
  • Conservation treatments
  • On-site and in-studio conservation treatment of historic wallpaper
  • Construction of archival housings and storage enclosures
  • On-site collection surveys and condition assessments
  • Written guidelines for storage, exhibition,
    and handling
  • Insurance claim examinations, assessments, and recommendations for treatment
  • Professional referrals for matting and framing services, digitization services, and the conservation of non-paper based materials
  • Emergency response and recovery consultation and services

Types of materials we treat:

  • Works of art on paper, including watercolors, prints, drawings, posters, pastels, charcoal, and gouache
  • Archival materials including documents, maps, letters, diplomas, architectural drawings, and other paper ephemera
  • Parchment and vellum
  • Historic wallpaper, both on-site and in the studio
  • Three-dimensional objects such as globes, fans, hat and band boxes, and folding screens

Damage we commonly address:

  • Tears, holes, losses to the paper
  • Folds, creases, rolling, wrinkles
  • Dirt, dust, grime, soot, fingerprints, insect frass
  • Fire and water damage
  • Acidity and associated brittleness
  • Harmful tapes and adhesives
  • Staining (overall discoloration, mat burn, foxing, adhesive stains, and water stains)
  • Pigment loss and flaking
  • Harmful backings and improper framing materials
  • Harmful storage enclosures

Works on Paper's clients include cultural institutions such as museums, archives, town clerks, historical societies, and libraries. We also work with art galleries, framers, dealers in fine art and antiques, private individuals, corporate clients, and insurance companies. We work on an individual basis with each of our clients to ensure that their valued objects receive the most appropriate conservation treatment possible. Our staff provides the highest level of professionalism and all work undertaken by Works on Paper follows the American Institute of Conservation's Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.

Works on Paper is located in southeastern Vermont, in the village of Bellows Falls. If you are interested in finding out more about our conservation services or would like to schedule an appointment, please call the studio at 802.460.1149 or email Carolyn.

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