This spring semester was a bit unprecedented, to say the least. I began an organic materials internship, wrote up a condition report and started cleaning my assigned Tlingit basket, then never got to see it again. Instead, when campus closed down due to Covid-19 I was given a contemporary dollar-store basket with significant damage, a kit with various adhesives, papers, and paints, and instructions to document the process of repairing each break like it was a collection object.
While it was disappointing to leave the Tlingit basket's progress in a state of limbo, using a non-collection object took the pressure off and gave me the freedom to experiment with different techniques. The most effective experiment was building some tiny clamps to stabilize the wefts of the basket while they dried.