Cafe Botanique, February 9, 2011 - Gates Hall

Codex to Codex, Leaf to Leaf
Karen Jones, Collections Conservator

Every part of a book (which may include paper, cloth, leather, inks, pigments and adhesives) reacts to its environment and deteriorates with age. Made from organic materials - many plant-based - books have also proven to be among the most durable and efficient transmitters of information since ancient times. Why are 16th century papers more durable than contemporary papers? Is rice paper really made from rice? What are the differences between Eastern and Western paper-making traditions? Learn about preserving your own paper-based collections as well as a bit of the history of bookbinding and paper-making, and appreciate the often-anonymous artisans who made ingenious use of the plant world's natural resources. 

Karen Jones has been a bookbinder and book and paper conservator in private practice for almost 30 years, serving local, state and regional archival institutions as well as private collections, including the Colorado Sate Archives, Colorado State University, Denver Public Library, Colorado History Museum, University of Denver and the University of Wyoming. A professional associate member of the American Institute for Conservation since 1990, she also served as the collections conservator for the Jefferson County public library system from 1980-2010.

Thursday, February 9
Denver Botanic Gardens – Gates Hall
6:30 – 8 p.m.
(Please follow this link to register)