THE TIBETAN SCROLL
We’re often faced with a great deal of challenges and can feel the pressure of our work. Our expertise goes beyond constructing a frame out of moulding. The know-how to manage valuable and sensitive projects is what helps define us. Our team’s experience and knowledge of the trade really show through in moments like this.
This project was one of those ‘make it or break it’ situations. A crumbling Tibetan scroll came to us with a hope that it could be salvaged and proudly framed for display. What an amazing piece but it definitely involved reservation. If we couldn’t figure out a way to save this brittle and damaged work it would end up in the trash!
Our Framin’ Maven, Heather, with history in her hands, went to work. The original plan was to sew the scroll to the mat board, but the top layer of fabric was too damaged and frail to hold. And there was a huge section at the bottom that was completely detached.
Heather’s skills were being challenged. She went through the mental checklist of what could be done. After many tests and much thought, she decided on rice starch, which was the perfect solution!
Diluting a batch of the rice starch to the ideal consistency, she started to slowly lift the top layer of the fabric and then paint the bottom layer of fabric with a natural sable fan brush covered in her mix. Carefully and meticulously Heather put the scroll back together.
The job was not quite done and we weren’t in the clear yet. The scroll, now wet, needed to safely set in place. A few sheets of plexi to add a bit of weight without the danger of cutting the piece were gently arranged over the fabric.
Once dry, the piece was stable enough for Heather to sew the scroll onto the mat. Again her artisanal expertise shone through with each stich. She created a line of stitches all around the piece with an extra row above and below the central painting so that it would lie flatter on the mat. Details like this make our team!
Heather knocked this one out of the park! We can't wait to show off our talented team on your project!
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