The spirit of giving and giving back continues in Nashville. An email came across my desk last week with an offer so compelling that it trumped our planned Monday post and moved right to the top of the priority list. Paige Isaacs, proprietress of The Flying Pig Art Conservation, is offering to help save your treasures damaged in the flood. Her story is remarkable in itself; her generosity to the Nashvillians during this time of sadness and loss is astounding. Liza and I thought you would like to get to know Paige better.
Paige is based in New York but still calls Nashville her home. Herparents were the previous owners of My Friends Place, the lovely boutique in Green Hills. Paige has worked in all the big New York museums (the Met, the Museum of Modern Art and Natural History Museum). She is offering to restore your sentimental treasures during the months of June and July for only the cost of her supplies. If you have a beloved vase from your grandmother, a childhood doll or a special heirloom , you can ship it to New York and Paige will restore it to its original splendor.
Here is a quick synopsis of what Paige does in her own words.
“In the broadest sense, I am a Conservator of cultural objects. A conservator does three things: conserves the original material, restores the damaged areas, and preserves the object in the long-term. What I do is mostly referred to as ‘Restoration’, but there is a crucial difference in that ‘Conservation’ entails doing no harm to the original for the sake of looking good. There are a lot of ‘Restorers’ in the Nashville area, and those who jumped on the disaster bandwagon, who are very talented artists. However without a VERY solid knowledge of material sciences, anything they do will most likely look good now, then fall apart and be worth close to nothing in the end. I saw this happen to New Orleans following Katrina. A conservator will make something look good, but also ensure the value (be it monetary or sentimental) will continue to increase over time.”
Only three schools in the US train for this type of conservation and Paige was lucky enough to be accepted to the State University of New York College at Buffalo. In order to work at any of the prestigious New York museums, you must attend one of these schools. While Nashville has a number of painting and paper conservators with a great degree of experience and talent, Nashville has no conservator of objects. These conservators of fine objects are the best persons to deal with damaged ceramics, furniture and sculptures.
Paige worked on Disaster Recovery from Katrina so she understands what water and mold can do to irreplaceable keepsakes.
Paige’s website really pays tribute to her background and credentials. Please feel free to contact her with questions or pictures of your damaged possessions. And Paige wants you to know, just because something looks destroyed, it most likely isn’t gone.
Liza and I want to be the first to say, ” Thanks so much Paige for helping give back to your hometown.” We have the same feelings you do about Nashville.