Heritage, Volume 2, Number 4, Fall 1985 Page: 33
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mat with gutter
gutter with tape
( artifact in sling
(2) typed description
() photo in Mylbord-L type housing
consuming operation, it need not be done
all at once. A steady effort at better housing
for your paper art is much better than
an all-out haphazard matting frenzy! If
you are unsure of mat cutting techniques,
contact a conservator or local museum,
and ask for instructions. If they don't offer
them, they'll probably know who does.
There are many institutions nowadays
which run seminars on these techniques,
and these seminars are usually advertised
in bulletins and newsletters such as the
Texas Association of Museums magazine,
American Library Association bulletins,
and at libraries and museums. Framing
stores also occasionally run matting seminars
in conjunction with demonstrations
of their own mat cutting equipment.
However, the techniques usually shown
are commercially oriented, so you need to
be discriminating. Graphics by Terry Rempel.
1. Merrily Smith, comp., Matting and
Hinging Works of Art on Paper,
(Washington, D.C.: Preservation
Office Research Services, Library
of Congress, 1981).
2. See: Terry Rempel, "Pages Out of
Time-Preserving Historical Papers
and Books," Heritage magazine
(Summer 1985), 18ff.
3. Siegfried Rempel, "Efficient Storage
of Loose Photographic Prints,"
Conservation Notes (#10, November
1984). Texas Memorial Museum
Publications, University of Texas at
4. High alpha cellulose paper is paper
made from wood pulp that has been
chemically treated to a high purity,
HERITAGE - Fall 1985
and in which various components,
particularly lignin, have been
removed. Acid-free board is usually
buffered board, that is, an alkaline
substance, the buffer, has been added
to the board to neutralize acidity
buildup. Therefore this board
becomes acidic at a much slower rate
than unbuffered papers. Most board
that is sold today as acid-free is
5. Unbuffered mat board can be
obtained from several suppliers such
301 Veterans Blvd.
Rutherford, NJ 07070
8000-H, Forbes Place
Springfield, VA 22151
6. Kozo or Gampi papers can be
Andrews Nelson Whitehead
31-10 48th Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101
7. Adhesives used in conservation are
supplied by a number of firms, such
Conservation Materials Ltd.
Sparks, NV 89431
8. RC photographic paper is resincoated.
This slick plastic surface
makes hinging with water-based
adhesives very difficult.
9. Double-sided tape used in
conservation is called Scotch #415
double-sided tape. It is actually a
polyester core coated with an acrylic
adhesive on both sides. These
components provide great
dimensional and archival stability. It
is not to be confused with the doublesided
adhesive normally found in
framing and hardware shops, in
which the adhesive only is left after
the protective paper is removed.
#415 double-sided tape can be
obtained from Conservation
Materials, Sparks, Nevada.
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