Friday, March 10, 2017

A Germane Germain Poster

Ok, forgive the terrible pun/homonym joke for the title. It made me laugh. Anyway, this week's post is about a 16-sheet magic poster for one of our favorite clients. The poster had been previously backed on craft paper and this backing was starting to come apart, so we re-lined it.

Re-lining means removing the old lining before we adhere the poster to a new lining. One thing to note is that paper loss while removing an old lining is an unavoidable part of the process. We take steps to minimize the amount lost, but it is still something that we consider and discuss with clients each time we take on a demount project like this. The old lining on this poster came off with relative ease and minimal paper loss, although there were still visible losses. The pieces were left to dry while the team began the process of stretching the linen and gluing the masa to that linen for the new backing.

When we re-line large format posters like this we build a frame on the largest wall of our studio and then stretch linen across it, just like we do with our smaller frames. However, the scale of watching a piece like this come together is always impressive.

Once the linen has been stretched, we then spread glue across it and adhere large pieces of masa paper to create a substrate on which the poster will then be glued.

After there is enough masa to cover the area we need, the real fun starts. John and Robin spend time organizing the pieces of the poster into the precise order in which they need to be mounted. This lets them work in tandem to have each new piece ready one after the other. Each piece was washed, rinsed and then glued on our capillary tables before being carried over to the lining.

At this point in the process the piece is being manipulated while it is held in tension on a piece of mylar. It has glue on the back and John is positioning it before he uses a squeegee to evenly adhere it to the masa substrate. Once that is done, the mylar is then peeled away, leaving the section on the backing.

Another thing to note is that when we do these large scale pieces it involves a lot of climbing. Onto tables, up ladders and stools - it's a lot of work. Fortunately, John does most of the climbing while the rest of us assist him.

From here I'm mainly going to let the pictures do the talking because this piece comes together so well visually. As each new section was added we took a photo:

From the last photo you can see that there was some paper loss, but reasonably minimal for the size, age and condition of the poster. Restoration was performed in those areas using our usual methods.

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