Technique

« Technology is the collection of techniques, skills, methods and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation... » It can also be referred to as «Art » in its first meaning. Stuff to make other stuff.

To see or not to see

Using an optical instrument, magnifying glass, binocular or microscope is a daily routine in the curation and conservation world. Choosing such an important device to be our daily ally […]

Pencils leads demystified

Using a pencil to draw, take notes or make shopping lists started around the XVIth century. The lines produced by its lead are similar to the ones made by […]

Acanthus mollis, lessons from M.Page #2

It is now time for us to learn how to draw acanthus the easy and fool-proofed way, courtesy of M.Page.
Let’s start with the grid that will be the basis […]

Talk like me : moldings, decor and ornaments.

Did you know furniture moldings and architectural decor could be described the same way ?

Now, you try!

This storage chest is richly ornamented: the three carved statues on the front represent […]

The Acanthus leaf, lessons from M.Page

We talked in a previous post of the extensive use western art made of the Acanthus outline. As an art restorer, it is one useful thing to know how […]

Kintsugi

The Japanese technique of « restoration with gold », teeny-tiny essay about occidental restoration.
Japanese restoration technique known as « Kintsugi » is ancient. As with every very ancient things, its origins remain a […]

A spark in Time: Lady Ada Lovelace.

Augusta Ada King born Ada Byron (1815-1872), here shown in an 1836 oil portrait by Margaret Carpenter (1793-1872) , is an intriguing character. Legitimate daughter of the infamous poet […]

Talk like me : Anatomy of a book.

Restoration vocabulary is the sum of every craftsmanship’s lingo that permitted the very existence of the objects it’s tending to. […]

The perks of being a wallpaper

This picture shows a tiny part of an ensemble that hangs on the walls of a chinese boudoir in a french little castle from the XVIIIth century.
Well hanged, for […]

The importance of being dusted

The method is dictated by the object and its fragility: no one will ever consider vacuuming a Tibetan sand mandala. […]