Using digital and hand printing techniques to compensate for loss: re-establishing colour and texture in historic textiles

Lennard, F. , Baldursdottir, T. and Loosemore, V. (2008) Using digital and hand printing techniques to compensate for loss: re-establishing colour and texture in historic textiles. Conservator, 31(1), pp. 55-65. (doi:10.1080/01410096.2008.9995232)

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Abstract

Conservators use a range of 'gap filling' techniques to improve the structural stability and presentation of objects. Textile conservators often use fabric supports to provide reinforcement for weak areas of a textile and to provide a visual infill in missing areas. The most common technique is to use dyed fabrics of a single colour but while a plain dyed support provides good reinforcement, it can be visually obtrusive when used with patterned or textured textiles. Two recent postgraduate dissertation projects at the Textile Conservation Centre (TCC) have experimented with hand printing and digital imaging techniques to alter the appearance of support fabrics so that they are less visually obtrusive and blend well with the colour and texture of the textile being supported. Case studies demonstrate the successful use of these techniques on a painted hessian rocking horse and a knitted glove from an archaeological context.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lennard, Professor Frances
Authors: Lennard, F., Baldursdottir, T., and Loosemore, V.
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art
Journal Name:Conservator
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0140-0096
Published Online:17 September 2010
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2008 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Conservator 31(1):55-65
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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