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Subject: Crease in silk

Crease in silk

From: Martin Strebel <rest>
Date: Friday, January 18, 2002
I have a silk print measuring about 65 by 40 mm. The image consists
mainly of two monochrome rectangles measuring about 320 by 175 mm
each. There is a crease with a wrinkle of about 30 mm in the orange
coloured rectangle. This crease must be the result of an object
which has fallen on the print. The support of the print is a two ply
cardboard with a white finishing layer on both sides, presumably
chalk or kaolin with adhesive. The print is a piece of concrete art
from Willy Muller-Brittnau, a well known contemporary  Swiss artist.

Has anyone an idea how to eliminate this kind of crease? Humidifying
in the humidity chamber and stretching on the "karibari" (Japanese
drying board) could be an option. In order to stretch it, I would
have to glue strips of Japanese paper all around the edges. I fear
that on removing them they could lift some of the white finishing
layer. I do not think that the crease can be eliminated completely,
but  the effect could perhaps be reduced.  As you all know, the
beauty of concrete prints and paintings depends very much on a
smooth, flat surface, and thus only reducing the crease might not be

Martin Strebel
Atelier fur Buch- und Papierrestaurierung
Bahnhofstrasse 15
5502 Hunzenschwil
+41 62 8973970
Fax: +41 62 8970046

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