Conservation internship (2022) at HPA

INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE- OIL ON CANVAS PAINTING – Priya Agarwal Each painting has its own character, its own challenges and therefore requires an individual treatment. During my internship at Heritage Preservation Atelier, I had the chance to observe these variations firsthand. Being a part of HPA’s interdisciplinary environment and learning more about how science and art can coexist were two of my main reasons why I … Continue reading Conservation internship (2022) at HPA

Treating the back of a canvas painting

Reports and write-ups on “Conservation of a canvas paintings” generally skip or very slightly mention the problems (and their treatment) at the back of a canvas painting. We need to understand that back represents the health of the canvas support on which the paint layer is resting. Dust/dirt has a tendency to collect on the back of paintings. It settles between the canvas and stretcher … Continue reading Treating the back of a canvas painting

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Conservation of wall paintings at the Golden Temple(Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji), Amritsar, India

Namita JaspalHeritage Preservation Atelier, Chandigarh, Indianamitajaspal72@gmail.com, heritage.atelier@gmail.comhttp://www.heritagepreservationatelier.comKeywords – Sikh art, Mural paintings, Conservation, Religion AbstractThis case study regarding the conservation of wall paintings at The Golden Temple (Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji) Amritsar, India, intends to highlight some specific conservation issues related to the active religious sites that are historically very important and have huge role in linking present and future religious beliefs to their origin … Continue reading Conservation of wall paintings at the Golden Temple(Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji), Amritsar, India

Studying old photographs

Old photographs are not just pictures showing some image, but, their anatomy, composition, texture and information written/printed/stamped etc. tell a lot more about the time, people, techniques of photography, its stability/instability with time and how it can be preserved or treated. These days , at Heritage Preservation Atelier, we are working on a collection of photographs. An objective view of a photograph gives a lot … Continue reading Studying old photographs

Life-size photograph from late nineteenth or early twentieth century

Condition Assessment and Treatment Record A Life -size photograph print that came for treatment to our lab could not be taken inside immediately at its arrival, as it had live termite all over it. All the life stages of a termite could be seen on the huge framed photograph. It was extremely difficult to control the flying termites that were all over our heads. The … Continue reading Life-size photograph from late nineteenth or early twentieth century

Paper burnt or eaten?

  This black powdery sheet (!) is not burnt paper, but, paper eaten by fungus. Cellulolytic microorganisms are hiding nicely all around us and are much more destructively powerful than we can expect from the tiny spores. Storage enclosures that were designed and created for protection turned out to be actually working with the deteriogens (deteriorating micro-organisms), by providing them not just the ideal and … Continue reading Paper burnt or eaten?

Paper and book conservation – Part 9

Finally, all the books that came to our lab have been restored and given a kind of new life. They are going back to the library tomorrow morning. Following is a re-sharing of a summary of all the conservation processes performed in our lab: Team Heritage Preservation Atelier had a challenging task of conservation of a set of books that could not be digitized by … Continue reading Paper and book conservation – Part 9

Team working towards final steps of an intense task of books’ conservation

Team Heritage Preservation Atelier had a challenging task of conservation of a set of books that could not be digitized by a library because of the extremely brittle pages and stuck up and deteriorated condition. We started with making a detailed condition assessment report. After initial documentation, we opened up the worn out and damaged binding and treated each and every folio individually. Damaged signatures … Continue reading Team working towards final steps of an intense task of books’ conservation

Studying Paper for presence of watermark and bluish tinge: Case of 150 years old drawing

The drawing under study is made in 1868 (as evident from the signature) and the watermark mentions the paper manufacturing year to be 1866. ‘Watermarks’ are markings put into paper during its production, by making thinner or thicker  layer of pulp when it is still wet. It becomes visible when paper seen with light source at the back of the paper. This drawing was created … Continue reading Studying Paper for presence of watermark and bluish tinge: Case of 150 years old drawing

Brief record of miniature painting’s assessment and conservation

When a conservator gets art works like the above miniature painting, it is not just the damages that interest him/her, it is also the history/mythology and story depicted in the painting that attracts the conservator. Story/history/mythology apart from the technique and place in timeline/age, would scale the importance of the painting. We study a painting for following aspects before going for actual conservation: Story/interpretation /mythological importance/historical … Continue reading Brief record of miniature painting’s assessment and conservation

Flaking in Miniature Paintings

Indian miniature paintings have various schools and technical differences, but most of them have thick paint layer and impasto effects. Thick paint layers tend to flake off under certain circumstances. This flaking can be very unstable/powdering off or more stable in the sense that flaking is not falling off easily… We at heritage preservation Atelier are consistently  testing the efficiency of different treatment procedures adopted … Continue reading Flaking in Miniature Paintings

Painting, backing, conservation and Physics

Very often we have seen that old worn out paintings are pasted on thicker backing board or sheet. This initially looks good as the worn out or crushed paper or fabric looks much better as it acquires the smoothness and strength of the new backing; but, we tend to ignore that this is not for ever. Whenever the adhesive chemistry weakens with ageing and time, … Continue reading Painting, backing, conservation and Physics

Curators are the voice of museum objects

Museum objects have so much to say! But their voice is outside their own existence.. Only curators can tell what the objects want to say, to the world, and that message should be correct! Moreover, if an object is being infested with some deteriogen, only curators can voice their pain to the doctors of the cultural objects,viz, conservators. This fact makes us understand the huge … Continue reading Curators are the voice of museum objects

Securing the flaking-off pieces

There are many methods used to secure the falling of pieces right in the beginning , before we start with other treatment procedures of conservation. These methods are extremely helpful as they allow the conservators work with more confidence while removing the surface accumulations that are damaging as well as obscuring the art work and other relevant details. allow safe movement of the artifact while … Continue reading Securing the flaking-off pieces

CONSERVATION OF MUGHAL SARAI, DORAHA: Tile Work

Namita Jaspal Tile work at the gates of Mughal Sarai, Doraha, are quite unique in their make.  They seem to be made with a technique that was popularly known as Kashi work. Kashi work consists of a layer of glass spread on a hard kind of plaster; sometimes on a material porcelaneous in structure. The glass was found to be an ordinary silicate colored by … Continue reading CONSERVATION OF MUGHAL SARAI, DORAHA: Tile Work