There Is A Cloud Floating In This Sheet of Paper

14 01 2012

I’ve written here before about Thich Nhat Hahn and the zen of paper conservation.  Here is a lovely, simple meditation from his book Being Peace.

“If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud there will be no water; without water, the trees cannot grow; and without trees you cannot make paper. So the cloud is in here. The existence of this page is dependent on the existence of a cloud. Paper and cloud are so close. Let us think of other things, like sunshine. Sunshine is very important because the forest cannot grow without sunshine, and we humans cannot grow without sunshine. So the logger needs sunshine in order to cut the tree, and the tree needs sunshine in order to be a tree. Therefore you can see sunshine in this sheet of paper. And if you look more deeply … you see not only the cloud and the sunshine in it, but that everything is here: the wheat that became the bread for the logger to eat, the logger’s father … the paper is full of everything, the entire cosmos. The presence of this tiny sheet of paper proves the presence of the whole cosmos.”





Moving To A New Space!

8 12 2011

I’m pleased to announce that in mid-January I will be moving the paper conservation lab to the wonderful space above Western Center for Conservation of Fine Art (WCCFA) on Santa Fe Drive in Denver, in the Santa Fe Art District.  For those following the history of conservation in Denver, that’s Eileen Clancy’s old space.

I’m looking forward to working in the same building with the paintings conservators and staff of such a well-respected organization –  fun and interesting folks to boot!  The large sink, fume exhaust system and other features will allow me to work much more efficiently, providing a broader level of care for your works of art on paper and historic documents.    I’ll look forward to seeing you there – although please keep in mind that due to security measures, you’ll need to call ahead to set an appointment.  My new phone number is 720-295-2384 or you can email me at bethlhell at gmail dot com.





Conservation Treatment Methodology, Barbara Appelbaum

26 02 2008

I just got an email from Ms. Appelbaum about the publication of her new book, Conservation Treatment Methodology. I don’t know her personally and haven’t read it, so I can’t tell you anything about it, except that the blurb says it discusses treatment decision-making rather than object-specific treatment applications. Sounds useful. If anyone has read it, please leave a comment here.  I would love to have a book review section of this blog!

I’ll be out of pocket while I move.  Stay tuned!








%d bloggers like this: