How did you learn to be a conservator?
I received my training working at a variety of institutional conservation labs across the country, including the University of Iowa and the State Historical Society of Iowa. I most recently completed a nine-year tenure with Etherington Conservation Services, a regional conservation center. In addition to my Bachelor’s degree in Art from Earlham College, I have been awarded the distinction of Professional Associate by the American Institute for Conservation. I attend continuing education courses regularly through Rare Book School, The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation, and other preservation-related institutions. These courses help me continue to expand my skill set and keep up with the growing body of knowledge regarding conservation treatments and methodology.
What can I expect when I schedule a consultation at your studio?
I offer complimentary estimates for customers who are able to travel to my studio in Greensboro for consultations. I typically reserve Fridays for client consultations, but also offer weekend appointments for customers traveling from out of town. During your visit, I will give you a tour of the conservation studio and take some time to evaluate your artifact(s) and discuss your needs. By the end of your visit, I will give you my recommendations for treatment and the associated fees. Should you decide at that point that you would like to have an official quote drafted (a legal document denoting the exact treatment and fees recommended), you can leave the item at my studio with a $75 quote fee. This fee is non-refundable, but it can be applied toward any treatment you choose to proceed with. Once you have approved the treatment and returned the signed quote form with a 50% deposit, the project will be placed in my work queue. Typical turn-around times for conservation treatments are about 4-6 months.
How do I arrange to mail my item(s) to you for evaluation?
If meeting in person is not an option, you are welcome to mail your book or paper-based artifacts to me for evaluation. In order to do so, you will need to submit an inquiry via the Contact page, or call me at: (336)509-0536. I will send you the necessary form. Once you have completed the Request for Quote form, you mail it to me along with your item and a $75 quote fee. This fee is non-refundable, but can be applied toward any treatment you choose to proceed with. Once I have received your item, I am usually able to evaluate it and issue the quote document within 1-2 weeks. You can receive your quote via email or US Postal Service. Once you have approved the treatment and returned the signed quote form with a 50% deposit, the project will be placed in my work queue. Typical turn-around times for conservation treatments are about 4-6 months. Rush services are many times available for an additional fee.
How long does it typically take for you to perform the conservation treatment?
Turn-around times for conservation treatments are variable, but typically run 4-6 months. Rush services are many times available for an additional fee.
I have a book that needs to be repaired. Can you do that for me?
I offer a variety of treatments for books. In many cases, the original cover can be restored. Rebinding in a sympathetic material (cloth, leather, etc) is also an option.
Mark Erdmann, Conservator of art objects, decorative and historic artifacts, Raleigh/Durham, NC. erdmannconservation.com.