Lucía is a professional paper and book conservator
Mrs. Torner has more than ten years of experience in diagnosis and conservation of works on paper and books. She has worked for families, art collectors, private and public libraries, science institutions and museums.
Her training as art conservator started in 1998, Mexico City. She attended the 5-year conservation program at ENCRyM (Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Restauracion y Museografia) by The National Institute of Anthropology and History. She examined and treated most of the different materials and art manifestations, from prehistoric pottery and codices to polychromatic sculptures.
She dedicated her fifth year of school to paper and books and earned a degree in Conservation of Cultural Heritage, with her research “Identificación de pigmentos en guardas y cantos decorados: Doce libros novohispanos y mexicanos de los siglos XVIII y XIX” (Pigment identification on decorated endleaves and edges: Twelve Newhispanic and Mexican books from the 18th and 19th Centuries), where she used invasive and non-invasive analytical techniques, including PIXE and XRF.
It was during her five years working as a Conservator at the National Library of Anthropology and History, where she gained most of her experience in book conservation.
Lucía moved to the United States in 2008 and joined the American Institute of Conservation (AIC) as a Professional Associate Member. It was until June of 2016 when she decided to create Torner Conservation LLC, where she practices and promote the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Conservation.
In her journey, she has learned through contact with colleagues and collaborative projects from institutions like the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the Palafoxiana Library, the National Archives of Mexico, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Parks Service in Philadelphia, the Museum of the American Revolution, the Walt Disney Family Museum, among others. During five years she was the conservation assistant for paper and library materials at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in Delaware, United States.