Conservation Framing Principles

This seminar covers the conservation principles at the Fine Art Trade Guild Conservation Level of Framing. Detailing the quality of framing required to protect high value artwork and other items from physical and mechanical damage, airborne pollutants and acids generated by framing materials, under normal environmental conditions. 

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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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