Today we’d like to introduce you to Louise Baptiste.
Louise, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started when I was in high school working at the Town Bookbindery, Master Bookbinder (Raymond DeCosta) located a mile away from where I grew up in a small town called East Freetown, MA. I worked part time at the bookbindery shop during my college years. I receive a BFA from Swain School of Design, New Bedford, Ma (Printmaking) MFA from Washington University, St. Louise, MO (Printmaking) I bought a Domain name (10 years) before I was ready (paperconservator.com) sole proprietor, Through my website I receive work throughout the USA. I have kept a position at Harvard University for 22 years in The Harvard Map Collection as paper conservator/exhibit coordinator while growing my own private practice.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I kept very focused and had a vision as I bought my Domain name Paperconservator.com. Yes, one always has the up and downs, but never felt discouraged I always move forward. When I lived in NYC, I was married and as young mother of two boys, I wanted to be home with them so, I started a small Stationery Business and sold to the top stores in NYC, Barney’s of New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel’s, Sak’s and Gump’s of San Francisco. I always have had high standards about my work, whatever I’m doing.
Paper Conservator – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
It is a unique business, I’m a paper conservator, I work with anything on paper, paintings on paper, watercolors, Japanese prints, etchings, lithographs, silk screen prints, photographs, documents, maps, vellum, Japanese Screens, wallpaper, paper sculptors . I’m always proud of each piece that I work on and each piece is unique, I document my work taking digital photographs.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I like the outdoors, I like looking at wild flowers Lady Slippers, lily pads, water lilies, made terrariums with moss and teaberry plants, sea shells, leaves, ferns, trees. Anything that grows out doors. I was active swimming, ice skating, sailing, sledding, bicycling, skiing, I still do.