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Subject: Masterclass on tear mending for canvas paintings

Masterclass on tear mending for canvas paintings

From: Kate Seymour <seymourkate<-at->
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

"Thread-by-Thread Tear Mending Workshop"
Avenue Ceramique 224
6221 KX Maastricht
The Netherlands
4-8 November 2013


    Kate Seymour
    Bascha Stablik
    Siska Losse
    (att: Thread-by-Thread Masterclass)

Costs: 595.00 Euros (including toolkit and lunch)

Accommodation: The price is excluding accommodation. SRAL can
recommend Townhouse, Maastricht


Booking via SRAL will provide a discounted price.

Instructor: Petra Demuth

    Petra Demuth studied conservation of paintings and polychrome
    sculptures at the Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences
    (CICS), Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany
    (1990-1994). She has taught conservation of paintings and modern
    art at the Conservation Department of the Academy of Fine Arts
    in Dresden, Germany, as a research assistant with Professor
    Winfried Heiber. After these six years, she worked as a painting
    conservator in private practice in Berlin. She has been a
    technical lecturer in the Department of Restoration and
    Conservation of Paintings, Polychrome Sculptures and Modern Art
    at CICS since 2003. Petra Demuth has demonstrated the
    thread-by-thread tear mending method with Professor Winfried
    Heiber over a number of years. They have offered tear mending
    workshops in Chicago, London, Cambridge, Oslo, Copenhagen,
    Berne, Maastricht, Valencia, London, New Haven and Melbourne.
    Since 2009 Petra Demuth has continued to impart the knowledge
    about this technique in numerous European cities. The ideas
    about the method, its concept, principles and significant
    examples, as well as the content and structure of the workshop,
    all are based on the lifework of Winfried Heiber (2009). It is a
    compilation of almost 30 years of his experience as a
    conservator in private practice and 11 years as a Professor in
    the Conservation Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in
    Dresden, Germany.

Masterclass: The Masterclass will consist of four days practical
days supported by lectures, literature and discussion.

Practical sessions will focus on the following:

    Cyclododecane: temporary paint consolidation
    Joining single yarns
    Reweaving and thread-to-thread-bonding
    Trecker systems mounting/pulling tear edges
    Joining with different adhesives
    Inserts/bridging threads

The philosophy of these treatment approaches will be explained and
the techniques will be demonstrated. Each participant will be able
to experiment and practice the various techniques. The advantages
and benefits of the reweaving technique and the thread-to-thread
joining technique as treatment options will be outlined. The choice
of tools and materials will be discussed.

Techniques demonstrated will be carried out under the microscope
using fine tools adapted from dentistry and entomology. Repairs made
using these systems, although labour-intensive, are virtually
invisible. These techniques allow for the viable repair of tears,
for the realignment of distortions or gaps resulting from tears and
can re-establish the visual, physical and mechanical integrity of
the canvas while using minimal intervention.

The reweaving technique can be especially effective for modern and
contemporary works of art (colour field paintings or works where
unpainted ground or raw canvas may be visible), and will add
significantly to a conservator's repertoire for the treatment of
tears in fabric-supported paintings. Although invisible reweaving
has been developed for paintings on fabric-based supports, this
technique can be used as an alternative for the repair of torn woven
fabric where patching or lining is not an option.

Toolkits include:

    Dentist explorer double ended, corkscrew "Weston" (2)
    Scalpel grip for insect needle
    Insect needle #000
    Tweezers for microscope with curved tips (2)
    Self-holding tweezers with curved tip
    scissors curved, 9.5 cm length
    iron weights (approximately 300 g, diagonal tip) (2)
    USB coffee warmer and USB charger (for keeping the glue warm)
    Micro hot needle, with temperature regulator and special tips
    (this is not included in the toolkit. Participants are requested
    to bring this, if they have it already). We recommend the
    wax-modelling station (ST083) with a tear mending tip included
    from www.

If you are interested in attending the course please contact
info<-at->sral<.>nl. Numbers are limited to 15 participants and are
allocated on a first come basis. Payment details will be given on

Kate Seymour, MA
Head of Education, SRAL
Avenue Ceramique 224
6221 KX Maastricht
Mobile: +61 31619808125
Please reply to SRAL: k.seymour<-at->sral<.>nl

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