Basketry is one of the most ancient cultural traditions and can be found in most heritage collections including historic houses, cultural centers, museums and galleries. Although these objects are universal, the organic components of basketry make them vulnerable to deterioration from physical and environmental factors, especially if they have a history of use. This webinar will review the agents that can damage the baskets in your care, and offer some storage and display solutions using examples from the collections at the Museum of Anthropology UBC. This webinar will also discuss the materials and practice used in the preservation and repair of baskets.
Mauray Katherine Toutloff is an objects conservator at the Museum of Anthropology UBC in Vancouver, Canada. She has an M.A.C. from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada and a B.Sc. from the University of Regina in Saskatchewan. She has studied art at the First Nations University of Canada in Saskatchewan. At the Museum of Anthropology, Mauray is focused on collaborative research for preventative and treatment-oriented conservation strategies. She lectures on conservation for the Department of Anthropology and teaches the laboratory component of the department’s conservation courses. Mauray is the regional representative for the Canadian Association of Conservation and is an ardent supporter of disseminating conservation education and training to students, volunteers, community members and the public.