From the Department of Conservation & Technology ofThe Courtauld Institute of Art came the invitation to share the research and reconstructions of historic canvases.I feel honoured !
(ICOM members only)
Helena Loermans Owner of Lab O, Portugal.
The Textile Layer of Paintings.
Helena Loermans will share how she has approached reconstructing different textiles used by painters as canvas.
Helena has used technical studies and x-radiograph images to reconstruct weave patterns in order to re-create them.
While art historians and paintings conservators have meticulously studied the paintings of the Old Masters, Helena has found there is a comparative lack of information on the characteristics of the canvas itself as a textile.
Helena has recently presented her approach to studying historic canvases at the Conserving Canvas symposium at Yale and to participants in the Conserving Canvas Initiative of the Getty Foundation.”
16-9-2021 Euroweb round table conference
6-10-2021 ICOM CC paintings workgroup; open for members of the working group
10-10-2021 Weefnetwerk Nederland (in dutch language)
Zoom presentations have been a great opportunity to share the research at
Lab O on the historic canvases and textile fragments located in the museums:
Conserving Canvas Zoom Presentations series:
8th July 2021
email announcement by The Getty Foundation::
Thank you for RSVPing to our Conserving Canvas Zoom Presentation series. Our next presentation will be held this Thursday, July 8th at 9:00am PT (Los Angeles time). This is a very special presentation (outside of the Conserving Canvas grants) and very relevant to the paintings conservation field. Please be sure to join!
Presented by Helena Loermans, the talk is titled “Canvas: The Textile Layer in Paintings.” Helena is the founder of Lab O and a Dutch weaver working in Portugal. She will talk about her research and reconstruction of a-typical canvas patterns.
Please note that the presentation will be recorded (not including the Q&A) and that we use the same Zoom link for each presentation.
You may use the link below to join:
See you soon,
Getty Foundation | getty.edu
A 3 min video poster presentation at the CTR conference “Old Textiles-More Possibilities: Weaving sources together” in Copenhagen
15th June 2021
Zoom presentation in “PONTO textile art in perspective”
“Preserving, defending and /or renewing the role of traditional textile centers? Évora-Arraiolos
12-13 June 2021
Find the (almost invisible) differences in the pattern of the two canvases in the first row. The warp threads were threaded in the same design in the loom , the weaver skipped a few weft passes in each repeat. Not a mistake!