Participating in these two projects taught me how to better prioritize treatment procedures and work efficiently with important deadlines in mind. I had the opportunity to work with curators and other museum professionals directly and this allowed me to see first-hand the developmental process for exhibitions including mount-making, installation, and exhibition design. Seeing the exhibitions unfold and to be a part of it was very exciting. It was the first time I was able to see an object I treated go on display and see the reactions of visitors!
Curated by Wai Yee Chiong, Daimyo Culture in Peacetime, features Japanese artifacts. These artifacts date to the Edo and Meiji period and speak to a time of peace where daimyo, feudal lords that emerged from warrior bands, controlled Japan's provinces. In preparation for the exhibition I treated a ceremonial Lacquer Hat, Katana Sword, and a Lacquer Storage Box. Military items, such as these, became emblems of family legacies and power.
The Samurai hat is a black lacquer,
circular hat with a rounded peak. It is constructed out of wood and is
decorated with bronze paint featuring leaves, blades of grass, small flowers,
and berries. The most fascinating component of the hat was a head-strap
consisting of lacquer wooden slats with a multi-layered padding and leather
tying strings. The padding was powdering, torn, and experienced a substantial
amount of loss. Because of this it was important to stabilize the padding to
prevent further damage from handling and display. With the help of textile
conservator, Jessica Urick, I encapsulated the two remaining paddings with
crepeline by essentially sewing custom socks!