Team UPI: Joanne and Kathy

Joanne Buzzell began in our shipping department 29 years ago.  Today, she is the customer service manager for our Lineco division and is a customer favorite.  When not traveling to visit major accounts or exhibit at trade shows, Joanne enjoys leisure travel with friends, or taking her four granddaughters on adventures.  She has been happily married for 47 years and has two grown children; her son Donald and daughter Becky.

 

 

Kathy Monczka serves double duty as a customer service representative for both University Products and Lineco.  She lives with her life partner, Jim, and sons Tyler and Ryan.  In her spare time, Kathy enjoys biking, water aerobics, yoga, boating and fishing.  She also enjoys reading a good book and looks forward to her annual December vacation in Aruba.

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Textile Conservation Conference

logo NATCCUniversity Products will be exhibiting their products at Material in Motion, the 10th Biennial North American Textile Conservation Conference (NATCC) on November 19th and 20th, 2015 from 9 am – 4 pm.  It will be held in the kinetic city of New York. The Fashion Institute of Technology will be the site of two days of presentations and posters that will promote new technology and a deeper understanding of the critical issues facing textile conservators. The conference theme will be further explored through tours and training workshops.  Tours include: the newly renovated Costume Institute, the Department of Textile Conservation and the Antonio Ratti Textile Center at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; transdisciplinary artist Laura Anderson Barbata’s studio in Brooklyn; Penn and Fletcher, a custom embroidery workshop in Queens; and l’aviva home, a design studio in Soho.
Experts in the field are leading the workshops:
•“Aqueous Cleaning Methods” with Dr. Richard Wolbers, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Science, Art Conservation Program, University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum;
•“Basic Patternmaking for Costume Exhibition Dressing” with Tae Smith, free-lance textile conservator, professor at Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY;
•“Advanced Fiber Identification” with Dr. Denyse Montegut, Professor and Chairperson of the graduate program in Fashion and Textile Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY;
•“Documentation Color Management Strategies” with Scott Geffert, Senior Imaging Systems Manager, Metropolitan Museum of Art Photograph Studio; and
Fosshape•“Making Mannequins with Fosshape” with Shelly Uhlir, Exhibits Specialist, Mountmaker in the Conservation Department at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
The NATCC was founded in 1994 as an international forum to share research, theory and practice in the field of textile conservation, and foster collaboration. Though the organization was conceived as a North American venture, it has attracted more global participants with each successive conference and is now an internationally recognized and respected forum for textile conservation. We received 90 abstracts from 25 countries for the 21 spots in this year’s program. We anticipate the largest number of participants to the conference will be from the United States, Mexico, Latin America and Europe.
All who attend bring what they learn from the conference back to their work at home. They find new methods to explore and/or discover suppliers with just the tool or material they need.

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Tale of the Three Dresses

A wedding dress can serve as one of the most symbolic and treasured items of clothing in a woman’s closet. Throughout history, brides have long anticipated the occasion to wear exclusive fabrics and rich materials of a luminous color. Let’s be honest – wedding dress is designed to make every girl feel like a princess!

Specialist textile conservators at the Historic Royal Palaces recently completed a major project to conserve five iconic British royal wedding dresses. These wedding dresses are kept in carefully controlled storage conditions at Kensington Palace, enveloped in many layers of protective and supportive packaging materials. The silk satin wedding dress worn by Queen Victoria in 1840 is among one of the most popular dresses in the collection, as it set the trend of white wedding dresses for years to come. If you are seeking the royal treatment for your own special garment, we have some tips and products that will help you conserve your precious gown for years to come!

Unless you want to “trash” your wedding dress (for personal reasons), preserving it is much easier and more affordable than you think! Conserve your gown the way museum professionals do using all archival quality supplies from University Products.

What You Will Need:
• Clean gown. All additional pieces removed and stored separately.
Large textile box. Textile conservators prefer white poly box because it is lightweight yet sturdy, and won’t snag the fragile fabric.
White cotton gloves. Always wear gloves to handle something that can deteriorate from contact with human secretions (yes, even tiny amounts of natural oil that can hide in your fingers. Overtime the invisible “fingerprints” can turn into ugly stains and destroy delicate fabrics.
Unbuffered acid-free tissue paper. Put down a few layers on the bottom of the box, lower the dress, folding it in as few places as possible and place rolls of loosely crumpled tissue paper within the folds. Stuff the sleeves and the area between shoulders with similar “rolls” of tissue paper. Your dress will hold shape and won’t wrinkle from long term storage. Put some more tissue in the corners so the dress won’t move even if the box is being transported. Cover everything on top with a few more loose layers of tissue.
• Add a packet of Silica Gel Desiccant for some internal moisture control.
It is best to store the dress in the conditions that are comfortable for a human! No musty and cold basements or dry and hot attics. Drastic changes in humidity and/or temperature are very very bad for your dress. And our goal is to make it last as long as possible, right?

What NOT to do:
• Don’t try to preserve a dress that is dirty, soiled with sweat, dirt or food.
• Don’t encapsulate the dress in air-less container. Vacuum is not good for the fabric, it will start to deteriorate.
• Do not use boxes with clear windows. They might be pretty, but light will discolor part of the dress that is showing through and it will become different from the rest of the garment.
• Keep away from dust and mold.
• No basements and attics, high humidity or dryness, extreme heat or cold.

What You Should Do:
• Have the gown looked at by a textile preservation specialist or at least professionally dry-cleaned.
• All little rips/snags should be mended, loose threads tied up and hidden. All additional decorations (especially those with metal base) removed and stored separately.
• Obtain a large, acid-free textile box that will easily fit the dress and some tissue paper.
• Handle everything in gloves.

To illustrate this blog post, we used 3 generations of beautiful white dresses, courtesy of one of our treasured #TeamUPI members – Kim. They are her grandmother’s, mother’s and her own wedding gowns. All three were carefully preserved and sent home in archival textile boxes, padded with acid-free tissue paper.

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Team UPI: Bob and Becky

Bob Boydston with owner and founder of University Products, Dave Magoon

Bob Boydston, Senior V.P. In July, Bob will have been with the company 39 years and is the Chief Operations Officer.  Thirty of those years were also spent coaching high school and youth football in the city of Holyoke.  These days you might catch Bob hiking with his dog or out jogging. Otherwise, you will find him relaxing poolside with his wife Barbara or traveling with her to Hampton Beach.  Bob has a reputation at University Products for embracing the holidays with vigor.  He took the mantle of playing Santa Clause from another longtime employee, Jack Dunphy, when Jack retired several years ago.  He credits Jack for showing him how to really embrace the joy of the season and to share it, which he does by visiting private homes, adult day care centers and nursing homes as the jolly old elf.  He also plays Santa at the company’s holiday party.  St. Patrick’s Day is also a favorite holiday and Bob enjoys the Irish Music, the festivities which include the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Road Race, and of course, raising a couple of pints!


Rebecca (Becky) Gonzalez, Manufacturing Leader/Supervisor
– Becky is in charge of the “Books by Hand” product line of University Products’ Lineco division.  She lives with her two sons, Isaac & Nicholas Viscarrondo. Together they are the Three Musketeers!!!  Becky loves spending time with family and friends. She and her family also like to spend time at the Cape, love being on the beach, sitting in the sun and collecting shells. In her free time, Becky likes to hike, bike, workout, be spontaneous and travel.

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Happy Flag Day!

According to all-knowing Wiki, in the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14 and commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.


University Products’ Vice President and General Manager John Dunphy recently had the opportunity to visit Camille Breeze at the Museum Textile Services studio in Andover and took these snap shots. Read MTS’s blog to find out more about Solon Perkins Flag and Mary Baker Eddy Peace Flag projects.

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Our Team: Sheila and Linda

Sheila has been with University Products for 17 years.  She started out as a customer service representative, then worked in the accounting department for a while. Now Sheila is a Customer Service Supervisor, a job that requires a lot of patience and deep knowledge of our products and capabilities. Outside of work, she likes to spend time with family and friends, going to the beach, and curling up with a good book.

Linda Zych has worked in Customer Service Department for the past 20 years. She does the processing of orders, quotes and catalog mailings to our customers. In her spare time, Linda enjoys being with her husband of 43 years Kenneth and watching her two grandchildren, Mari and Rachel growing up. She also likes working in her garden, cooking, loves being at the ocean and enjoys reading a good book now and then.

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Ted Lewis Museum Project

Ted Lewis, known as “The High-Hatted Tragedian of Song,” was born Theodore Leopold Friedman in Circleville, Ohio on June 6, 1890.  Starting in Vaudeville in 1910 as a comic clarinetist, Lewis later moved to New York, formed his own jazz band in 1916, and was one of the first musicians to bring jazz music to the masses. He captured the hearts of audiences for five decades with his trademark battered, old top hat, his clarinet and his immortal catchphrase “Is Everybody Happy?” Unrivaled in popularity from the 1920s to the 1940s, Lewis played to standing room only houses across the country, breaking attendance records and drawing larger audiences than Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw.

Over the years, his band included such musical greats as Benny Goodman and Jimmy Dorsey. Ted Lewis also had the first racially integrated cast, with African-American performer Charles “Snowball” Whittier portraying Lewis’s live “shadow” in the popular “Me and My Shadow” routine. Lewis made hundreds of records between 1919 and 1954, appeared in eight motion pictures, on television and in nightclubs until his passing in 1971.

In 1977, the Ted Lewis Museum was founded by Lewis’ widow, Adah Becker Lewis, to pay tribute to one of Ohio’s greatest citizens and one of the most influential jazz musicians. The museum holds and exhibits Ted Lewis’ archives, memorabilia and music library in the only remaining edifice that stood within the original circle of Circleville. Upon his passing, the Smithsonian Institute, Yale and Harvard University all asked for Ted’s collection, but his widow Adah made sure that everything was donated back to his hometown, which Ted fondly referred to as “The Capital of the World.” Admission to the museum is free and it is open every Friday and Saturday, hosting thousands of visitors from throughout Ohio, the U.S., and around the world.

In the last three years, the museum has diligently worked to preserve Lewis’ collection of musical arrangements, a project led by curator Joseph Rubin. In 2012, when Joseph first came to the Ted Lewis Museum as a visitor and inquired upon the collection, he was guided to the basement, full of trunks and boxes of manuscript and printed music. This was the very music used by Ted Lewis and his orchestra from the 1930s to the 1960s, including one trunk used to transport music to England in 1929 when Ted and his band performed a command performance for the King.

After taking in the treasure trove of historic music, Joseph volunteered to sort, catalog, and re-house the collection to be preserved for many years to come. He researched many suppliers of archival materials and selected University Products’ Perma/Dry Document Boxes and Manuscript Folders to house the collection. Then, he began sorting thousands of band parts and full scores for over 500 songs.  The collection now resides in a climate controlled location of the museum, as Joseph continues his work in cataloging, digitizing, and re-housing the archival scrapbook, photographs, and ephemera collections exclusively using University Products folders and boxes.

Through Joseph’s work, these arrangements have been brought back to the stage so that audiences could experience them live as they did back in the 1930-40s. The new Ted Lewis Orchestra and the Ted Lewis Museum presented Rhythm Rhapsody Revue for two performances in June 2014 in Columbus, Ohio.  The performances attracted standing room only audiences and garnered critical acclaim.  This coming June 14th, the Ted Lewis Museum will celebrate Ted Lewis’ 125th Birthday by presenting Ted Lewis & Sophie Tucker: Jazz Jubilee, further exploring gems from this historic collection of musical arrangements.

Many of the collections of big band leaders have been lost to time, thrown away by people who did not appreciate the historical value, or lost in natural disasters. The Ted Lewis Museum is one of the few to hold such a wonderful historic collection that can be enjoyed for years to come.

All photos are copyrighted and property of the Ted Lewis Museum and may not be copied or used for any other purposes.

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Local Archival Delivery Mystery Solved!

legal document cases archival university productsOn Monday, April 20, University Products received a rush request from Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University. They needed 35 legal size document cases, 200 legal size folders with reinforced tabs, and 65 spacers, and they needed them by Wednesday.  They had ordered it from another vendor last Thursday and had expected the shipment to arrive, but were told that it won’t arrive until Thursday. It was actually for an acquisition project going on in Leeds, Massachusetts.

We had everything in stock, and even offered to drive it to the destination to make the deadline.  The purchase order arrived Tuesday morning, and John Dunphy, University Products’ Vice President and General Manager set off to deliver the products that day.  He soon found himself in the country, in a residential area, and pulled into a driveway surrounded by a large number of sculptures.  It was then that it dawned on him that the person he was bringing the order to, Lisa Baskin, was the widow of famed artist Leonard Baskin.

Why was Duke University purchasing archival storage supplies and shipping them to a little town in Western Massachusetts?  Turns out, it acquired one of the largest and most significant private collections on women’s history!  Read more about Lisa Unger Baskin Collection: https://today.duke.edu/2015/04/baskinrelease

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Focus On Book Arts

Focus on Books Arts ConferenceFocus on Book Arts has announced its biennial conference to be held June 24 – 28, 2015 at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.  This event is a gathering of beginner through experienced fine art bookmakers and creative individuals from other disciplines interested in the book arts.  The conference offers five days of workshops, several evening lectures, a trade show, an artists’ shop, and an accompanying faculty and staff exhibit.

The 12th biennial Focus On Book Arts Conference offers workshops that appeal to beginning as well as advanced book artists. Each class description outlines the skill level criteria, so you are able to easily determine which class suits you best. You can go for just one workshop or for the entire conference; a range of class lengths lets you tailor an experience just for you.
Black accordion bookThey have new offerings and popular repeats in both the faculty and workshops. You will find detailed information at www.focusonbookarts.org as well as information on housing and other conference activities. Many other events are held in conjunction with the conference, and you will want to check out The Artists’ Shop, the Trade Show, The Faculty/Staff Exhibit and more.

This year, there will be two presentations by well known book artists: Shu-Ju Wang is the Keynote speaker, and Hedi Kyle is meeting with the group for an informal address. They will be sharing their experiences, their work, and their wisdom; conference participants can attend both!

The 2015 conference also introduces a restructuring of the traditional scholarship offering to a work-study program that allows direct involvement in the conference experience to the recipients of funding. The group has named it the Colleen Cavin Fund in honor of a great artist and friend who was such an integral part of the book arts community and this conference.

 

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Our Team: Renea and Marzena

Renea Anderson, our Controller, has been with University Products for 10 years. Renea oversees the Accounts Payable Department and Human Resources. She also manages the accounting of our vast inventory. Renea and her husband, Craig, homestead on a parcel of multi-generational family farm land where they tend chickens, keep bees, and organically maintain fruit trees, flower and vegetable gardens. She enjoys spending time with her family and her son, John. She loves to cook, host a good party every now and again, hang out with her canine “girls,” kayak, and take in new experiences.

Marzena Samek is our Accounts Payable Specialist. She joined University Products over two years ago. Marzena processes and maintains accounts payable records, verifies approval of invoices, reimbursements, bills etc. Marzena ensures that our vendors get paid in a timely manner. She also supports Controller and CFO in daily activities as needed.
Marzena came from Poland over 10 years ago with her husband Chris. They both raise their 4 year old daughter Veronica. Marzena loves to read suspense and crime novels; her favorite writer is Simon Beckett. She also enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, traveling, visiting new places and hiking.

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