Photo by Natalia Porter Bolland
via Karen Barbé
I hate to see this bowl in pieces. It belonged to my great-grandmother and I’ve never been able to fix it. After a while, all types of adhesives I’ve tried end up drying and crackling and the bowl splits up again. It seems they are not made for each other anymore.
Filed under: architecture, ceramic | Tags: Busted, missing, patched, replaced
This image was posted to Facebook by Brian McCorkle in March. I asked him twice where it was taken, and he wouldn’t tell me.
Love the half-attempt to match the pattern of the original tiles.
Also, this looks like a portal into another universe.
Text and images below are reposted from Uppsala University Library’s website.
The manuscript dates from the 14th century and it belonged to the monastic library at Vadstena Convent after its purchase in Konstanz in 1417.
The pages of the book are made of parchment and they show typical damage in the form of holes and tears that happened while the parchment was being made. Some time after the book was copied, the holes and tears have been mended artistically with silk of various colours, mainly in blanket stitch as used in embroidery.
The old mending is in good shape except for those parts which were sewn with black silk. The thread is so fragile that it disintegrates on touch.
During the project the black thread was subjected to colour analysis to find out which colouring agents had been used. The results showed that the black dye had been made with iron sulphate and tannin, which implies that the thread was dyed with iron filings and various plants that contain the tanning agent tannin e.g. oak apple and sumac leaves. The whole dyeing process is very acidic and if the wrong proportions of tannin and iron salt are used, sulphuric acid forms considerably accelerating the natural decomposition of the thread or material. In order to prevent the black parts disappearing completely they were treated with a glue that was applied as a spray mist. Some parts were stabilised with a thin silk gauze.
Since the conservation process the book can be handled without the breaking the black thread but it still has to be treated very gently with the respect due to a book of its age.
Beautiful darned and patchworked leaves by Susanna Bauer.
With decorative duct-tape, by Heather Hart. Heather works with gold leaf a lot, to reference a kind of alchemy. Looks like she’s transforming herself!
Below: The Numinous Negro, 2010