Lisa studied full-time for a year at the Courtauld Institute of Art (pictured below) where she gained a Post Graduate Diploma in the History of Art in 2001.
Earlier, Lisa studied the conservation and restoration of works of art on paper, full-time for three years at Camberwell College of Arts and Crafts (pictured below). Graduating in 1994 with a BA (hons) degree in Paper Conservation.
Following her degree course she gained experience in book refurbishment at Jesus College Library at Oxford University. She also gained hands on art on paper conservation experience working at Bates & Bascomb in London.
Ultimately, her employment at Keith Homes, in London, conservators to the Imperial War Museum and Science Museum was where Lisa was trained in the art of conserving and restoring fine works of art on paper. Her first job being cleaning Charles Babbages drawings and designs for the worlds first Calculator.
Eventually Lisa made her dream come true of running her own Art Conservation studio which she set up in St Peters, Jersey, Channel Islands in 1995 (pictured below).
Lisa continued to keep up to date with the developments of conservation techniques and disciplines, by attending international conferences on Paper Conservation in Chicago, Toronto and London for a decade following her graduation.
She also has experience in conserving Indian Miniatures after attending a course at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2005.
Since 1994 Lisa has conserved and restored a range of interesting works of art on paper, from Old Master drawings to Modern works of art by the following artists:
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Dame Elizabeth Frink
John Singer Sargeant
John Everett Millais
Peter Le Lievre
Claude Francis Barry
Jean Le Capelain
Lisa can understand the science and history of the paper she is treating. She can also identify the media or pigments used by the artist. As well as recognise the historical context in which the art was made and the artists intention.
Now in 2022, she can show her life time of dedication and passion to the art and craft of the conservation of works of art on paper.
Preservation of a rare and valuable document on Vellum signed by King Henry VIII (pictured below) 16th century- signed between 1509 and1547. (Also, see Transformations section for Before Preservation).
This involved extensive cleaning of over Four Hundreds years of layers of surface dirt and grime. And, relaxing the centuries old creases and folds without disturbing the exquisitely beautiful Latin writing in ink with the Kings signature in the top right area.
Another interesting and rare document cleaned is signed by Queen Victoria (pictured below) as well as other rare and beautiful documents signed by famous historical figures including:
Abraham Lincoln and Napoleon
Lisa Conserving antique Wallpaper (pictured below)
Talks and Presentations
Lisa has given a talk and presentation at the Guernsey Museum on the conservation of their collection of Le Lievres.
She has also presented a series of talks for Jersey Heritage on her conservation for their collection of works of art on paper by our much loved Jersey artist Edmund Blampied.
Lisa also enjoys presenting lectures on the History of Art in Jersey. Currently she lectures at the Jersey Arts Centre and for Jersey Girls College Sixth Form.
Please see Jersey Heritage website or click on the link http://www.jerseyheritage.tv/ to see Lisa talking about the artist Edmund Blampied and her conservation work,
Other projects include working in-situ at the Guernsey Museum on a collection of antique Japanese decorated Screens thought to be late 17th or 18th century. See newspaper features here:
Lisa's other interesting projects include conserving a beautiful piece of antique wall paper for the Constables of St Peter Port which was discovered during their recent renovations. A large safe was in front of this wallpaper which actually protected it from light damage. It's though to be 18th or 19th century. (Pre-dating 1891).
(See photo here of Lisa about to start dry cleaning)
The wallpaper was discovered in the Constables Offices in Guernsey - a period building which was built in 1761 - while the building was being renovated and restored. We believe the wallpaper may be as old as the house!
(please see a photograph showing a detail of the design here)