Workshop: Wet treatments of
Works on Paper (Amsterdam)

Theoretical and practical sessions. When to apply wet treatments on paper, and how. From the basis of handling wet paper to more complex moisturizing, humidification and washing techniques. Fugitivity tests, types of inks and their properties, and many case studies to show conservation treatments on real artwork: manuscripts and documents, drawings, watercolours, pastels, charcoal drawings…  Continue reading

Lecture: ‘Conservation of re-used bindings’ (Part one) Zagreb

Book conservation involves a tough decision making regarding usability and long term preservation handling.
Sometimes we are dealing with fragmentology, or disjecta membra (fragments of written supports are re-used as part of a binding, with a diverse purpose from the first use) whereas in other cases the purpose is the same, and the whole binding is being recycled to bind a different book.
Incunabula and manuscripts with laced-case and limp vellum bindings with rolled sewing on parchment are studied. Continue reading

Impregnated tracing paper with tapes and ball-point pen inscriptions

Owner: Association of Architects of Catalonia (CoAC). Commissioned by:  Sitges Museums (Sitges, Spain). Object: Impregnated tracing paper architectural drawing. Author: Lluís Domènech i Montaner, catalan architect (1850-1923). Damages: Yellowing, fragmented artwork, wrinkles, tears, pressure sensitive tapes (several types), ball-point pen inscriptions. Conservation treatment: Varnish … Continue reading

Lecture: “Diving in wet treatments” (IPCE)

Event: Technical conference Re-En-Papelamos (I). The purpose of wet treatments in conservation. Lecture: Diving in wet treatments (“En restauración de papel, nos mojamos”). Organization: Emma Sánchez, equip de l’IPCE (Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España). Venue: Institute for Cultural Heritage in Spain (Instituto del Patrimonio … Continue reading

Conservation of ‘The Disasters of War’, by Goya

Owner: Private collector. Object: The Disasters of War (“Los desastres de la guerra”), series of 80 prints, dated between 1810 and 1820. They belong to the 1863 first printed edition. Author: Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828). Damages: Slight discolouration on the edges, … Continue reading

Conservation of sports posters

Owner: Barcelona Municipal Archive (Sants-Montjuïc District). Artefact: Two large scale lithographic posters about the Catalonia Cycling Tour from Sants Sports Club. Also some other smaller posters and a printed brochure about the Tour.