TSG Chapter VI. Treatment of Textiles - Section B. Removal of Previous Repairs/Restorations/Supports

From Wiki

Textiles.gif Textile Specialty Group Conservation Wiki
Back to Treatment of Textiles
Back to Textiles

Contributors: Kisook Suh
Editors: Annabelle Camp, Jennifer Cruise, Heather Hodge, Anna Rose Keefe. In progress, April 2020.
Your name could be here! Please contribute.

Copyright: 2020. The Textile Wiki pages are a publication of the Textile Specialty Group of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.
The Textile Wiki pages are published for the members of the Textile Specialty Group. Publication does not endorse or recommend any treatments, methods, or techniques described herein.


Introduction

Acknowledgment that many textiles have been used, repaired, and conserved in many different ways, depending on their histories.
Reiteration that sometimes these repairs may be physically or conceptually detrimental to objects.
Introduction to “Removal of Previous Repairs/Restorations/Supports.”

Brief Historical Context

Historic discussion of how and why treatments may be undone, including Marillier and the removal of historic repairs for aesthetic reasons.
This could perhaps introduce the idea of removing repairs to “take an object back to its original state,” and reiterate that this is not the current approach.

Ethical Considerations

Codes of Ethics, the removal of a repair or support is not a reversible process.
Miriam Clavir, “Preserving What is Valued,” and the conceptual value of repairs.
Kisook Suh, “The Documentary Value of Repairs.”

Commonly Encountered Materials and Treatments

Fowler Methods, NATCC papers, etc.
Sara J. Wolfe, & Lisa Mibach, conservators love the “the latest all-purpose…”

References

Bede, Deborah. 2013. Legacies from the Past. In P. Hatchfield, ed. Ethics & Critical Thinking in Conservation. Washington, D.C.: American Institute for Conservation.
Chiostrini, Giulia, “Differing interpretations of the authenticity of an Ushak carpet from The Metropolitan Museum of Art”, Authenticity and replication: the “real thing” in art and conservation. Proceedings of the International Conference held at the University of Glasgow, 6-7 December 2012. Gordon, Rebecca; Hermens, Erma; and Lennard, Frances (Editors), Archetype Publications Ltd., London, UK (2014), pp 37-48.
Clavir, Miriam. 2002. Preserving What is Valued: Museums, Conservation, and First Nations. Vancouver, Canada: UBC Press.
International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. 1963. Recent Advances in Conservation: Contributions to the IIC Rome Conference, 1961. Garry Thomson, ed. London: Butterworths.
Lugtigheid, Renee. 1995. “A Tale of Two Tapestries: Considerations of Restoration, De-restoration, and Re-restoration.” In Readings in Conservation: Changing Views in Textile Conservation edited by Mary M. Brooks and Dinah Eastop, 2011. Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute. 284-289.
Marillier, Henry Currie. 1912. The Preservation and Care of Tapestry. London: Morris and Company, Ltd.
Niekamp, Bettuna. 2008. “Alterations, Historical Restorations, Restoration and Conservation Interventions.” In Readings in Conservation: Changing Views in Textile Conservation edited by Mary M. Brooks and Dinah Eastop, 2011. Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute. 450-467.
Suh, Kisook. 2006. The Documentary Value of Repairs to the Hwarot, the Korean Bridal Robe. Textile Narratives & Conversions: Proceedings of the 10th Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America. Toronto, Canada. 79-87.
Suh, Kisook. 2011. Conservation of a Safavid Persian Carpet Fragment: Two Different Approaches to Treatment in 1980 and 2010. In AIC TSG Postprints. American Institute for Conservation 39th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia. Washington, DC: AIC. 81-85.

Further Reading and Links

General
Geijer, Agnes. 1961. Preservation of Textile Objects. Studies in Conservation. 6 (sup 1): 185-189.
Zoldowski, Abby. 2010. The Effects of Long Term Display on Previous Treatments. In AIC TSG Postprints. American Institute for Conservation 38th Annual Meeting, Milwaukee. Washington, DC: AIC. 102-113.

Adhesives
Guidess, Gretchen. 2012. Tread on Me! Structural Stabilization of Hooked Rugs with Visual Integration: A Technique for Filling Lost Pile. In AIC TSG Postprints. Poster Session. American Institute for Conservation 40th Annual Meeting, Albuquerque. Washington, DC: AIC. 123-137.
Heuman, Jackie and Kate Garland. 1987. A poultice technique for the removal of cellulose nitrate adhesive from textiles. The Conservator. 11 (1): 30-33.
Krasuski, Izabella and Diane McKay. 1993. The Conservation of an Egyptian Painted Mummy Shroud. Supplement to Textile Conservation Newsletter.
Leene, Jentina E. 1961. Restoration and Preservation of Ancient Textiles, and Natural Science. Studies in Conservation. 1964 Delft Conference on the Conservation of Textiles. 6 (sup 1): 190-191.
Lodewijks, J. 1964. The Use of Synthetic Material for the Conservation and Restoration of Ancient Textiles. Studies in Conservation. 1964 Delft Conference on the Conservation of Textiles. 9 (sup 1): 79-85.
Marko, Kysnia. 1978. Experiments in Supporting a Tapestry Using the Adhesive Method. Conservator. 2: 26-29.
McCloskey, Allison, Myagmarsuren Butem, and Cynthia Luk. 2010. Revisiting the Treatment of 12th century Mongolian Deels. In AIC TSG Postprints. American Institute for Conservation 38th Annual Meeting, Milwaukee. Washington, DC: AIC. 67-75.
Mina, Laura. 2011. The Observer Effect in Conservation: Changes in Perception and Treatment of a Man’s Silk Suit c. 1745. In AIC TSG Postprints. American Institute for Conservation 39th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia. Washington, DC: AIC. 17-29.
Shaitel, Ann. 1991. Conservation Treatment of Tibetan Thangkas. Journal of the American Institute for Conservation. 30 (1): 3-11.
Spicer, Gwen. 1992. A sticky business, the removal of hide glue from silk. In Silk, Preprints of the Harpers Ferry Regional Textile Group Symposium, National Museum of American History. New York, New York.
Thomson, K. 1994. Sepiolite poulticing - An alternative for the cleaning of textiles. Conservation News. 53: 49-51.

Backings
Beecher, E.R. 1964. Aspects of PRotection from Light and Methods of Reinforcement. Studies in Conservation. 1964 Delft Conference on the Conservation of Textiles. 9 (sup 1): 43-47.
Palmer, Loerna Palmer. 1991. Abrasiveness of Certain Backing Fabrics for Supporting Historic Textiles. Journal of the American Institute for Conservation. 30 (2): 179–185.

Tapestries
Barlow, Alexandra and Olha Yarema Wynar. 2018. The Mortlake Horses: A Collaborative Approach to the Conservation of 17th-century British Tapestries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In Abstracts: Materials Matter. American Institute for Conservation 46th Annual Meeting, Houston. Washington, DC: AIC. 99.
Cousens, S. 1984. The Effect of Old Repairs on the Choice of Conservation Treatment of Tapestries. Seminar International la Restauration et la Conservation des Tapisseries. Paris, France: Institut français de restauration des oeuvres d'arts (IFROA). 138-142.
Columbus, Joseph V. 1973. Tapestry Restoration in the National Gallery. Bulletin of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. 13 (2): 65-73.
Digby, G. W. 1966. The Restoration of the Devonshire Hunting Tapestries. Victoria and Albert Museum Bulletin. 2 (3): 81-92.
Finch, Karen. 1969. Note on the Damaging Effect of Flameproofing on a Tapestry Hanging. Studies in Conservation 14 (3): 132.
Finch, Karen. 1982. Problems of Tapestry Conservation. V&A Conservation Newsletter. 16 (Winter): 40-43.
Finch, Karen. 1982. Changing Attitudes-New Developments-Full Circle. In F. Pertegato, ed. Conservazione e Restauro dei Tessili: Papers given at the International Conference on the Conservation and Restoration of Textiles, Como, October 13-18, 1980. Milano, Italia: C.I.S.S.T. (Centro italiano per lo studio della storia del tessuto). 82-86.
Finch, Karen. 1984. Evolution of Tapestry Repairs A Personal Experience. Seminar International la Restauration et la Conservation des Tapisseries. Paris, France: Institut français de restauration des oeuvres d'arts (IFROA). 125-132.
Marko, Kysnia. 1978. Experiments in Supporting a Tapestry Using the Adhesive Method. Conservator. 2: 26-29.
Yardley-Jones, Audrey. 1988. Preliminary Treatment of a Sixteenth Century Tapestry. Textile Conservation Newsletter. 15 (Fall): 23-24.


Back to Treatment of Textiles
Back to Textiles