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Nationally and internationally recognized for innovative design and implementation of state-of-the-art conservation procedures, including phased preservation programs for libraries and institutions, Don brings over 45 years of professional experience to the president's chair at ECS.
After extensive training in England, he established a four-year program in bookbinding and design at the Southampton College of Art. He has conducted workshops and seminars for diverse groups and institutions such as the University of Texas, the University of Maryland, the Guild of Bookworkers, the American Library Association, the India Conservation Institute in Lucknow, India, and the American University in Cairo.
He holds the position of Honorary Fellow in both the American Institute for Conservation and the International Institute for Conservation. Other professional affiliations include the Guild of Bookworkers (Past Chairman, Standards Committee), Accredited Fellow Institute of Paper Conservation in England and member of the American Library
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Matt Johnson is a 1991 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Design and Printmaking. He joined ECS (known then as the Conservation Division of Information Conservation Inc.) in January 1993 and trained under the direct supervision of Don Etherington. He has continued to enhance his knowledge and skills with regular attendance at advanced level conservation workshops and seminars.
While at ECS, Matt has been extensively involved in staff training and public outreach in addition to his conservation treatments and project supervision. He is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), a member of the Southeastern Museums Conference, the North Carolina Museums Council, and the Southeast Regional Conservation Association, of which he is a past president.
Conservators - Greensboro, North Carolina
Brenda has been with ECS since its founding in 1987. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in painting and printmaking from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1982.
Brenda has years of extensive experience in rare book conservation and design binding. Having studied and worked with Mr. Etherington for more than 25 years, Brenda brings exceptional talent to the conservation center. She has attended advanced training programs and seminars taught by Stuart Brockman, Glenn Bartley, Martin Frost and Monique Lallier. She has also participated in international design binding competitions such as the Helen Warren DeGolyer Triennial Exhibition, The Guild of Book Workers, Expositions Périodiques - Librairie Auguste Blaizot, Paris, France and the Society of Bookbinders International Competition, London, UK where in 2005 she received the second place prize in the restoration category.
Brenda was the first graduate of the conservation program at the American Academy of Bookbinding (AAB) and has since taught the class for cloth and leather binding repair at AAB.
Brenda was the first graduate of the conservation program at the American Academy of Bookbinding (AAB) and has taught classes for cloth and leather binding repair at the academy. She is a Professional Associate and a member of the Book and Paper Group of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC). And she is a member of The Guild of Book Workers, where she has previously served as the Standards Chair."
Tina received her Master's in History with a Concentration in Museum Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While earning her Master's she interned with the Greensboro Historical Museum in North Carolina and The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia where she learned various aspects of collections care.
She has been with ECS since 1998 and received training from Don Etherington and other colleagues. She performs all aspects of conservation treatments such as restoration of bindings, all manner of text block treatments as well as cloth, leather, and vellum rebinds and custom enclosures. Tina strives to ensure that the level of conservation treatment she performs meets or exceeds client expectations. Further responsibilities include project management, staff training, and client relations.
Carolyn joined ECS in 2006 and developed her expertise in the art of rare book conservation under the supervision of Don Etherington and the ECS Senior Staff. Specializing in the restoration of fine leather bindings, Carolyn has an exceptional eye for color and is often entrusted with rare volumes from the Gothic period - as well as unique leather volumes from the 18th and 19th centuries. Qualified to conduct treatments on both bound and flat items, she often assists with projects in the ECS Paper Conservation Lab.
Carolyn is a Certified Picture Framer and is well educated in conservation matting and framing techniques. She has served on the local board of the Professional Picture Framers Association and has judged and won numerous awards in framing competitions. In 2014, she became a member of the North Carolina Cultural Resources Emergency Support Team (CREST) and became qualified to train others in the recovery, stabilization, and storage of rare and valuable items that have been damaged by water and/or fire. Carolyn has also attended conservation workshops in the areas of sewing and paste papermaking. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, art, and spending time with her family, friends, and her Border Collie, Lucy.
Sara joined ECS in 2021 as a technician and is working her way toward graduate study in conservation.
Originally from Chattanooga, TN, she received her B.A. in Art History from Dartmouth College, where she also minored in Studio Art.
Early in her career, Sara worked at Crown Point Press and Arion Press in San Francisco. She also draws from professional experience in urban community farming, native plants gardening, artisan baking, and fine metalsmithing. She worked extensively with the collections of Early American Pattern Glass and European ceramics at the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts in Chattanooga, as well as the Barry Moser archives at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In 2020, Sara began travelling to work with conservators at different private practices and institutions: she interned in book and paper conservation at the Georgia Archives in Atlanta, Heller Conservation near Nashville, and the Charleston Library Society; and in sculpture conservation at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.
Sara is active in the American Institute for Conservation and serves on the board of the Southeast Regional Conservation Association.
Conservators - North Manchester, Indiana
Catherine joined ECS - Midwest in 2014, and has developed her skills in book and paper restoration while receiving training from various colleagues within ECS. Her responsibilities include all aspects of conservation, including binding restoration, works on paper and text block treatments, cloth and leather rebinds, and custom enclosures.
Catherine has great respect for the historical and emotional value characteristic of books and paper, and takes great pride in the work she completes. She strives to ensure that all treatments are ethical and reversible while meeting budget and time constraints. Catherine regularly seeks to expand her knowledge and skill set, and is always up for a challenge.
Catherine's interest in book conservation began while taking a book arts course at Manchester University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in art and business in 2010. After graduation, she interned with ECS - Midwest before taking additional courses in chemistry and museum ethics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Catherine is a member of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC).
Sandra St. John has a BA in History and a minor in Mathematics from Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, North Carolina. It was there, in 2012, that she had her first exposure to book and paper conservation while undertaking an internship at the institution's library.
As the first Preservation and Conservation Intern at the Abbot Vincent Taylor Library, she learned basic paper conservation and housing methods and developed a passion for the field. After graduation, she stayed on as a volunteer to gain more experience while taking studio art/art history classes and attending workshops. The volunteer position led to a Preservation Assistant position with the same institution, assisting the Director of Preservation and Curator of Rare Books in stabilizing and re-housing the library's 21,000 rare and valuable books.
Since starting at ECS - Midwest in 2018, she has learned new techniques and expanded her knowledge of conservation practices. Alongside the Conservation Manager, she also assists in answering inquiries from the public on conservation and enclosure matters.
She takes great pride in her work because she knows that whatever she is working on is cherished. She seeks to bring back life and vitality to worn and fragile family and historical treasures that will last while maintaining the integrity of the original work.