“Are We Finished?” – People grounded in the traditions that made Melbourne marvellous

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Takashi Ueda of the Kinkarakami Foundation in Japan, instructing workshop participants in the art of making Japanese leather wallpaper

“Are We Finished?” – a two-day exploration of decorative finishing trades, techniques and conservation at Labassa and Rippon Lea, Victoria; 4-5 October 2016

Thirty tradespeople and heritage conservation professionals enjoyed two days of demonstrations, activities and discussions on specialist finishing trades at Labassa in Caulfield North, Victoria on 4 and 5 October, 2016.  Held as a precursor event to the 2016 Australia ICOMOS conference “The People’s Ground”, the specialisations covered included decorative plastering, stucco repair, tuck pointing, faux finishes, stained glass conservation and wallpaper making.

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A spread of plasterers sharing knowledge about mixing hydraulic lime mortar stucco

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Kieran Dunleavy demonstrating the use of home made mutton fat to grease his table mould

The venue, Labassa, is one of the most important surviving Victorian houses with intact finishes. As such, it was a fitting venue for the various demonstrations and activities. Labassa is owned and managed by the National Trust of Australia, who hosted and co-sponsored the event.

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“Are We Finished?” participants on the upper colonnade of Labassa learning about repairing tessellated tiling

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