Melissa has pre-program and graduate school experience in the creation of archival custom housing for museum objects. She will be working to develop a modular traveling case for works of art on paper for the director of the Winterthur Museum Garden & Library.
These two videos above show a custom tie-down mount made with Volara and twill tape and a custom cavity housing with medium density ethafoam and Tyvek sheeting for objects from Melissa’s personal art portfolio.
In the above photograph, Melissa is consulting with her classmate and objects major, Natalya Swanson, along with one of her teachers, William Donnelly, on the storage housing of an ancient glass object from the Penn Museum collection.
Melissa also has some experience in the creation of custom show mounts for costume objects using stitched cotton knit fabric over carved ethafoam, polyester batting, and polyester felt.