Conservation Mounting

This Master Class details the hinging of artwork on paper and considers the following

the mount package.

preparation of Japanese paper and starch paste.

the most common method of hinging i.e. the ‘T’ Hinge.

how to reduce the possibility of artwork either cockling or buckling.

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The Eternal Lovers

The Sunwheel, more commonly known in the west as the ‘Swastica’ can be seen in various designs and forms.  There are suggestions that the cross symbolises the four seasons or elements set around a motionless centre, with the trailing line arms providing  rotational symmetry in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction.  Both depictions have a particular meaning.  In Hinduism the clockwise sunwheeel symbolises the sun and prosperity whilst the anti-clockwise sunwheel symbolises the night or the tantric aspects of Kali.  Alternatively, in Buddhism the sun wheel symbolises the footprint of Buddha.

 

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Hagia Sophia and the Khatam

Islamic patterns or geometry is one of the three distinct disciplines of Islamic art the others being calligraphy and Islimi.

 

The eight pointed star or Khatam is used widely in Islamic architecture.  In simple terms it's construction comprises two congruent squares, interposed, one of which is rotated through 45deg.  The khatam can be progressively broken down in order to find the classical elements  of 8-fold symmetry.  Several patterns can emerge through the extensions of the parallels thereby forming a network of lines, at the intersection of which several shapes or designs emerge.

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Indian Lady

Mount Proportions, Ruled Lines and Wash Panels and Low Oxygen Sealing

The artwork is a fine antique watercolour of an Indian lady holding a lyre and looking towards a peacock in a tree.  I purchased the watercolour in an antique shop in Chang Mai, Thailand.  I decide that by using this artwork would be an excellent way to describe mount proportions, ruled lines and wash panels and finally, using a low oxygen method of sealing the mount package.

 

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Floating Mughal Artwork

The artwork is one of a pair purchased by myself from an antiquarian bookshop in Grand Bazaar, Istanbul in December 2014. Both are of Mughal design on two thin paper leaves, glued together, taken from an old Arabic book. The first depicts Noah, the ark and the animals coming into the ark two-by-two; the second, the siege of Constantinople in May 1453 by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II. The backgrounds are of gold and silver leaf and the paints are pigment derived. Noah’s face is not shown which is normal for saints faces in Mughal and Islamic art.

When framing there were two objectives; first, I wanted to be able to view both sides of the artwork and second, the artwork should appear to be floating with a surrounding border of 20mm. To achieve this I would need to encapsulate the artwork. 

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