Earlier this year, Shane set off on his travels, roaming the United States and Europe to work with and learn from conservators, restorers, and craftspeople with various training backgrounds and ethical approaches.
Working with these experts, Shane has gained first-hand experience in both up-to-date and traditional skill-based conservation techniques to bring back to Australia, where the conservation skill pool is limited.
We caught up with Shane at the beginning of his journey to find out about one of his development experiences learning from conservator F. Carey Howlett in Virginia, USA.
“I started working with F. Carey Howlett in Montross, VA at the beginning of January. This is the first of the workshops I will be spending time in this year. Carey is the former head of conservation at Colonial Williamsburg (the largest open-air museum in the world) here in Virginia. Part of the purpose of my fellowship is to get hands-on experience in different workshops learning about the local materials and objects they work with and the techniques they have acquired and developed in their careers. This has proven to be exactly the case here, where Carey really specialises in furniture of the American South and Virginia pieces in particular.”