The restoration and conservation of paper and visual media includes advice on and treatment of a diverse range of old, modern en contemporary paper (art)objects and photography. As such there are documents and art and objects in paper which include manuscripts, pictures, engravings, etching, (chromomatic)lithography, prints, cravings, drawings (ink, pencil, coal, pastels) – watercolours and gouache, kalkpapier, architectural drawings, blueprints, posters, and more. Apart from that we also treat documents from archives, paper documentary heritage including akten, letters, cards, posters, brochures etc. as well as historical and contemporary phtography.
Objects in paper are being treated first and foremost when the integrity of the object is compromised. Other motivators could be the enhancing of legibility, the delaying of the deterioration and/or enhancing the aesthetics of the object. Decay may be assigned to interior factors, physical-chemical causes, mechanical or biological damage.
Conservation treatment mostly focusses on stabilizing the current state. Restoration however aims at repairing and restoring conditions. Reversibility, minimal intervention and clearly traceable procedures are pivotal in restoration. The most important methods of treatment that we offer are: dry cleansing of the surface, DE acidify, buffering, treatment of ink-related damage, repairing of tears, removing traces of glue, labels and cello tape, doubling and reinforcing weakened parts of the object as well as other surfaces using Japanese paper. In addition we can also perform the following treatments: removing stains, treatments of water damage, treatment of foxing, adding fibers and fiber filling, touching up and treatment of insect or mould touched parts of the object.
Apart from treating the photograph as an object of physical appearance we also offer the possibility to digitally restore photographs. We do this by stabilizing the object and providing a proper method of conservation while work is being done on the digitalized version of the object.
Further possbilities pertaining to professional collections are: drawing up the damage report, making up the damage inventory (physical condition of the collection)and EHBO books-minimal intervention.