Author Archives: Saira

About Saira

Saira is a newly fledged book conservator currently based in New York.

Leading a Conservation Workshop in Pakistan

On December 22nd, I had the unique opportunity to lead a workshop at the National Museum of Pakistan in Karachi, the city in which I spent most of my childhood. Arranged by the Mohatta Palace Museum, the workshop included nine attendees … Continue reading

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From The Lab: Stabilizing A Tattoo Sketchbook

For the last three months or so, I’ve been interning at the New York Historical Society. One of the more interesting projects I completed there was the stabilization of a tattoo sketchbook which will be featured in an upcoming exhibit. The … Continue reading

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A DIY Brush Rest

It is a truth universally acknowledged* that a brush covered with adhesive must be placed somewhere. And if you’re like me, it drives you slightly insane when it’s placed on something and promptly rolls off, smearing said adhesive over your … Continue reading

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On Professional Presentations: Lessons Learned

This spring, I presented a paper and a poster at two conferences: The Care and Conservation of Manuscripts Conference in Copenhagen, and the AIC/CAC Joint Annual Meeting. (If you are curious, the poster is available on my digital portfolio, and … Continue reading

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Watch This Space!

I just got back from the joint annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation and its Canadian counterpart. It was a fantastic conference, even if I did fall sick halfway through, but if you missed it — fear not! … Continue reading

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Conservation Conversations in Copenhagen: Lessons Learned

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of presenting my work on Marguerite Duprez Lahey and the rebinding of books at the seminar on Care and Conservation of Manuscripts in Copenhagen. It was my first time in Denmark, and although I didn’t … Continue reading

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Marguerite Duprez Lahey: A Collector’s Bookbinder

The research I’ll be presenting at the conferences mentioned in my last post focuses on the person of a charming young woman from Brooklyn: Marguerite Duprez Lahey. Born in 1880, Marguerite became the first primary contract bookbinder at the Pierpont Morgan Library. Receiving … Continue reading

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