A trip to London at sixteen introduced me to the world of conservation. I thought my studies and love of art and paintings would lead me to the painting conservation field, but over time discovered my love for prints, drawings and all things paper.

Working as a paper conservation technician and then as an assistant to the Head Paper Conservator at Carrabba Conservation Inc., I also pursued my love for old books and book structures and worked at Handbridge Bindery for three years. I have been volunteering at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in the book conservation lab for five years.

My experience in the paper conservation field for over twenty years and the book conservation/restoration field for over ten enables me to skillfully work on a large variety of  projects for a number of satisfied clients.

—Lysa Allen