Year: 2017

Workshop Concluded

Young and enthusiastic professionals from museums and cultural organizations were our guests last week and we were more than pleased to share our knowledge and understanding about the field of museum, conservation and collection management with them. Ms. Seema Gera,…

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Role of Museum Galleries and Conservation for objects that are disfigured by past restoration attempts

The traditional role of museums is to collect objects and materials of cultural, religious and historical importance, preserve them, research into them and present them to the public for the purpose of education and enjoyment. Emmanuel N. Arinze President, Commonwealth Association of Museums Public…

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Sinopia

noun (Colours) a reddish pigment derived from iron ore the preliminary sketch found on a rough underlayer called the arriccio on the wall, underneath the fresco    While treating very old wall paintings, i was surprised to see sinopia showing…

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Brittle canvas with Bad repairs and backing (part 1)

This pair of oil on canvas paintings has brittle canvas that had been repaired in a rush. Lets look into the problems they had, in the following pictures: These torn canvases were repaired with patches of canvas from back, which…

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Planning the next learning activity

We, at Heritage Preservation Atelier invite all those who are interested in learning more about Paper conservation to meet and plan our next practical workshop on paper conservation along with theoretic lessons. Here is what we propose as an initiative….

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Learning some textile conservation

Interns – Chetna, Subhashini, Keerat and Lovely   As a team of Heritage Preservation Atelier (HPA) we went to Dada Bhagwan Foundation at Adalaj in district Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Here we learnt and helped in managing and conserving textile collection of…

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Humidification to relax stiff old documents

Humidity relaxes the paper stiffness. This relaxation is important for flattening paper that is out of shape because of folds creases etc. But, there are some questions and doubts about humidifying in the right way: How to humidify without causing…

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Verdigris in paintings on paper

Copper green or verdigris was commonly used in the illustrations of the handwritten manuscripts and miniature paintings on paper. This colour has a beautiful warm effect, but tends to destroy the paper very fast, specially in humid environment. We can…

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Internship Experience- June/July post 4

Interns: Chetna, Subhashini, Keerat and Lovely We have been spending time learning various methods and techniques related to archival conservation in the past few days. Lab work related to archives can be very technical and precise, and requires considerable practice…

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Internship Experience – June/July 2017 post 3

Internship is a pathway from studentship to professionalism.  This month’s archival conservation internship started around mid June. After the first day of simple discussion and brain-storming session, the new team learned the basics of archival conservation while working on the…

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Internship Experience – June post 2

25 June 2017 Today, we (Lovely, Chetna, Subhashini) began our day by practicing the surface dry cleaning of paper and photo documentation under the guidance and supervision of Namita Jaspal Mam. PHOTO DOCUMENTATION Photo documentation is done for various purposes…

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Frescoes vs Tempera

When we talk about wall paintings or mural paintings, most of us call them ‘frescoes’. This might not be technically correct for all the murals.Technically, if the painting is created ( or we can say that the colours are applied)…

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Internship Experience – June post 1

Interns: Keerat, Chetna, Lovely, Subhashini and Manit 24 JUNE 2017 We are a group of youngsters (Chetna, Subhashini and Lovely) pursuing Masters in Conservation and Archaeology .We have come to beautiful cool city of Chandigarh to gain practical experience in…

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Internship Experience

Interns: Keerat, Chetna, Lovely, Subhanshi and Manit 24 JUNE 2017 We are a group of youngsters (Chetna, Subhashini and Lovely) pursuing Masters in Conservation and Archaeology .We have come to beautiful city of Chandigarh to gain practical experience in Paper/Archival…

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Blue-prints and White-prints or blue-lines

June 2017These days we are working on a few blue-prints and blue-lines in our lab. Before starting the work, we tried to discuss the material and technique used in making them. This write-up is the summary of our discussion on…

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Anoxia for Museum collections

Anoxic treatment system isolates the objects to be preserved into anoxic (without oxygen or oxygen deprived) micro environments, protects them from insects, aerobic biological threats and dust. Over the past decade many museums have increased their use of inert gases to eliminate…

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Art conservation of Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji (The Golden Temple), Amritsar, India

Namita Jaspal Heritage Preservation Atelier, Chandigarh, India namitajaspal72@gmail.com; heritage.atelier@gmail.com http://www.heritagepreservationatelier.com Introduction When we are trusted upon the responsibility of doing art conservation services for an active religious site, we tend to get a mixed feeling of gratitude and anxiousness. Gratitude…

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Old Photographs

We started  our discussion regarding old photographs (https://heritagepreservationatelier.com/2017/05/20/historic-photographs/https://heritagepreservationatelier.com/2017/05/20/historic-photographs/) with an example of a silver albumin print. In this blog, we’ll see some other examples from the same collection,but all different techniques of photo-prints. 2014 and 2015 were a bit busy…

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Historic Photographs

Photography has been a great invention around first half of nineteenth century. It created possibilities of experimentation for the creative minds interested in making real images on paper. Following is a picture of a badly restored and mounted photograph created…

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Gild playing peek-a-boo

We had already completed damage mapping at Sri Darbar Saheb Ji, in the months of October and November 2013, but gilding started playing peek-a-boo once test patches of cleaning were started later in November and December. There were many places…

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December 2013

Conservation and personal scene at Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji (My personal dairy of professional and personal scenario in December of 2013) December 2013 was strange, i had committed to start actual on-site work at Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji  and at…

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Instructions of Gurus

Working on Hukumnamas (2015)

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Extent of damage in wall paintings (Darbar Saheb Ji)

Since the paintings were created by Bhai Atma Singh directly over the paintings done earlier by Bhai Gyan Singh, the grip or binding to the ground (earlier painting was serving like ground layer) was minimal and there was huge amount…

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Wall paintings(at Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji), as we found them before starting our work

Initially it took some three to five trips to Sri Amritsar, all by myself as a conservation expert and with managers of Sri Harmandar Sheb Ji to understand the extent of damage to the wall paintings and gold plates. Following…

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Walls of the first floor at Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji

Golden Temple or Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji is a sacred site visited by thousands of people every day, but not many go to the first floor. Even among those who go to first floor, not many take the parikrama at…

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Conservation lab loves to elaborate even an extremely simple job of fixing a broken ceramic

(Just that this piece of ceramic is unique and historically important.) Small jobs like cleaning are actually meditative and provide, much needed peace, focus and purpose. Conservation lab tends to glamorize the small jobs too, with a pinch of specific…

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Conservation lab loves to elaborate even an extremely simple job of fixing a broken ceramic

(Just that this piece of ceramic is unique and historically important.) Small jobs like cleaning are actually meditative and provide, much needed peace, focus and purpose. Conservation lab tends to glamorize the small jobs too, with a pinch of specific…

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Solvent gel cleaning, consolidation and in-painting

…continued from the previous post A Case study of an oil on canvas painting It was important to remove the old varnish from this painting because, it was very thickly applied almost every other year of its lifetime and had…

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A Case study of an oil on canvas painting

A painting that came to our lab some five springs back makes a very good study for the students who have just started learning the practice of conservation. It was a portrait of great-grandfather of Maharaja of Kapurthala. Ignorance of…

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Workshop April 2017

The April 2017 workshop was on Preventive and Curative conservation practices in museums and archives. It was a very enriching experience for both the participants and the organizers. This workshop was organized by the joint efforts of  State Museum and…

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Research work on paper and microbes infecting paper

This is an attempt to share the research work we did some two decades back on paper and microbes infecting paper. Following pictures are just glimpses of the complete research work. A shorter version of the research work (four pages)…

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Case study of a silver gilded artifact

A beautiful piece of silver gilded artifact depicting a war scene came to our lab in 2007. It was previously wrongly restored by applying a thick layer of silver acrylic colour to hide the faults. Our first step was to…

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One of the cleaning treatments of an oil on canvas painting: step by step approach

Cleaning seems a simple process and i have seen people in charge of historically important collections doing disastrous actions leading to irreversible damage of important art or history objects. It might apparently be a simple cleaning job, but it is…

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Conservation of Archival Material

Conservation of archival material is a specialized field of work. We need to understand the structure and chemistry of paper, ink, binders, adhesives etc. This video is actually making a tough job seem quite easy. Whenever we need to separate…

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Beginning of a story writing job

Namita “Sometimes professions are created and offered to you as a gift!” I never planned to be a conservator (of cultural property). I was just a curious kid who wanted to know about life, how living bodies work, how the…

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Treatment of an oil painting on canvas

The treatment process we are showing in this video was recorded in 2013, but because of a very tight schedule over the last few years i could not upload it. I just found this old video while searching for some…

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Fresco Conservation Workshop

Learning is fun at Heritage Preservation Atelier. It was free of cost too this time, with a two day site trip, cool stay at a beautiful British period guest house. Physical chemistry and inorganic chemistry met history and architecture in…

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