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Icon Gilding & Decorative Surfaces Group online AGM & talk

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This year committee member Phillipa McDonnell will be giving a talk titled, 'A Brief History of Wallpapers’. Phillipa is an Architectural Paint Researcher and conservator with a background in art history and is currently undertaking a part time PhD in 19th century paint. Phillipa is also a member of the committee currently writing the EU standard for decorative finishes investigation (architectural paint research).

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Wallpaper is an incredible and versatile decorative surface that has been used in the west since the 1500s. However, as a paper object applied in a built heritage setting, it uncomfortably straddles several conservation specialisms, and thus has been neglected in the past. Recently we have seen a revival in the interest in wallpaper, both in its use in contemporary design, and in preserving and researching historic papers. This talk will give a brief overview of the history of western wallpaper; the origin of its use, and its changes in design and manufacture. Common conservation issues will be discussed, including the inherent health and safety risks posed by toxic historic wallpapers. Finally, case studies will show how different levels of conservation can help to preserve and record wallpapers as an object in its own right, how to integrate a wallpaper into a built heritage project, and how to better understand it as a decorative surface.

The AGM will involve the committee briefly providing reports for the previous year. Any prospective committee members will then be voted into post by those present. This year the current Chair will be stepping down and a new Chairperson will be recruited. We are also seeking a new Web Editor.

The new Chair will act as an advocate for the group's members, and work with the rest of the committee to devise and implement events. They will be required to chair regular committee meetings and the group's AGM each year. They will also be required to attend 2 or 3 additional meetings with other group chairs or with representatives of Icon and its trustees each year. No direct committee experience is required.

The new Web Editor will design and develop online content. They will be required to undergo training for this role.

If you are interested in either of these roles, please email icongdsg@outlook.com before the AGM with a short statement about yourself and your suitability for the role.

Both primary and secondary Icon members of the Gilding & Decorative Surfaces Group can vote on resolutions by using the raise hand function on Zoom.

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