A literature review of analytical techniques for materials characterisation of painted textiles - Part 1: categorising painted textiles, sampling and the use of optical tools

Thompson, K., Smith, M. and Lennard, F. (2017) A literature review of analytical techniques for materials characterisation of painted textiles - Part 1: categorising painted textiles, sampling and the use of optical tools. Journal of the Institute of Conservation, 40(1), pp. 64-82. (doi:10.1080/19455224.2016.1269355)

Thompson, K., Smith, M. and Lennard, F. (2017) A literature review of analytical techniques for materials characterisation of painted textiles - Part 1: categorising painted textiles, sampling and the use of optical tools. Journal of the Institute of Conservation, 40(1), pp. 64-82. (doi:10.1080/19455224.2016.1269355)

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Abstract

Many types of painted textile are represented in museum collections. Their flexibility, draping qualities, and heterogeneous, layered nature make painted textiles complex objects to conserve. What do we know about their materials and making? There has been limited research into painted textiles and particularly their analysis. Whilst much valuable information can be gleaned from paintings analysis, there are many distinct differences in materials behaviour between stretched paintings and painted textiles that need to be identified and addressed. This paper, together with Part 2, aims to raise the awareness of textile conservators, in particular, of potential analytical techniques to identify and characterise the materials, thus enhancing understanding and conservation of painted textiles. Part 1 focuses firstly, on the categorisation of different groups of painted textile providing a context for their study and secondly, it reviews sampling and optical techniques that can be used by conservators, highlighting some of the challenges they present.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Textile, painted, conservation, microscopy, sampling, analysis.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Smith, Dr Margaret and Thompson, Mrs Karen and Lennard, Professor Frances
Authors: Thompson, K., Smith, M., and Lennard, F.
Subjects:A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
Q Science > QD Chemistry
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art
Journal Name:Journal of the Institute of Conservation
Journal Abbr.:RCON
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:1945-5224
ISSN (Online):1945-5232
Published Online:06 February 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of the Institute of Conservation 40(1):64-82
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
662721Situating Pacific barkcloth production in time and placeFrances LennardArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/M00886X/1CCA - HISTORY OF ART