Tools of her trade
Celia’s shares the different types of tools she uses in her trade working as a conservator of works of art on paper as well as books, manuscripts and archive material.
Hear how Celia uses items ranging from knives for paring leather, a marlin spike for making marks or holes when measuring and a porcupine quill which gently presses down pigment when it is flaking.
The marlin spike was part of a childhood sailing prize for Celia and she uses it to this day, not for its intended use of undoing knots on a boat but in her work as a paper conservator.
Advent bags to reflect family joy
“As a Christian, Advent is always a great season in our house as we prepare to celebrate Christmas,” says Celia. “I made these from old scraps of material – each having a number, cut from felt and a little tag on which a Bible verse is written.”
Celia loves the spirit of Christmas, so these bags are part of the house being turned into a riot of red and green, cooking smells, people coming and going, pinecones gathered on her walks and hung from bright red satin ribbon and white fairy lights hung everywhere. Joy is imbued throughout.
The influence of Celia’s polymath father is apparent when you listen to her talk about him through the paintbox she describes. It is fascinating to see that his love of colour, paper and artistry – even though that wasn’t his profession – had a significant bearing on the directions his daughter chose to go in life.
Through her mother’s lemon squeezer, Celia recalls her mother’s great cooking. “I remember she would host fantastic summer dinner parties for the examiners that would descend on Cambridge to conduct the final practical orals for the medical students.”
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