A Second-Generation Framing Conservator On Tinkering With Picasso, Van Gogh, And Titian Frames

A Q&A with framing conservator Allison Jackson.

How did you get into framing conservation?
I’m a second-generation gilding conservator, so I’ve been aware of the field for a long time. I spent a lot of time in my mom’s home studio when I was growing up. It’s a niche job, even within the field of conservation.

What kind of training do you have?
I studied fine art in college. Afterwards I worked for a few private conservators in the Boston area. Then I moved to Hawaii and apprenticed with a master carpenter and learned the basics of woodworking. One of his clients was a descendent of the royal family who had inherited a lot of furniture from King Kamehameha and Queen Lili‘uokalani.

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