“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
“Life keeps throwing me stones. And I keep finding the diamonds…” – Ana Claudia Antunes
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” – Robert Schuller
“Life becomes easier when you learn to accept the apology you never got.” – R. Brault
After the last wild year of pandemic protocols, it was my great pleasure to attend a continuing education course at the Georgia Archives on Infilling Losses & Inpainting of Paper Objects. The workshop was fun and informative. Sigourney Smuts, the Conservator at the Georgia Archives, taught the class.
Sigourney covered a variety of infilling techniques, including beveled & inserted infills, as well as pulp infills. This last method was one I was particularly excited to learn more about.
During the workshop, she also covered three inpainting techniques.
Tonal – Not replacing the original, just matching the general tone of the surrounding color so that the loss is not glaringly obvious.
Facsimile – Painting the infill to match as closely to the original as possible.
Tratteggio – This method involves inpainting & following the natural lines & curves of the imagery in the piece. Essentially, if you look closely you can see that it is a restoration, but it blends sympathetically with the surrounding artwork by mimicking the same line qualities.
It was truly delightful to have a chance to meet for a course in person, learn some new techniques and meet new colleagues in the process.
“We must meet the challenge rather than wish it were not before us.” – William J. Brennan, Jr.
“Some roses grow through concrete. Remember that.” – Brandi L. Bates
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius
“The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” – Abraham Lincoln