Baudains Art Conservation is all about the Preservation, Conservation and Restoration of works of Art on paper as well as the conservation of documents on paper, vellum or parchment.

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Treatment plans for works of art on paper range from PRESERVATION work which sees the work of art freed from acidic materials, with dry cleaning and dry work followed by "re-housing" in the correct conservation (acid-free) mount board, backing and UV protective glass (especially good for water-colours with light sensitive media). 

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To CONSERVATION and the removal of all degrading materials, such as acidic paste or backing boards and the cleaning of surface dirt, deposits as well as the removal and reduction of acidic staining, mould spore staining or water damage and any other causes of deterioration.  

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To RESTORATION work where retouching is required...

"Even if one brush stroke of colour is applied or a few millimetres of graphite - it is intervention with the artists’ original work.  But, intelligent restoration work will restore the art work to the artists original intention and this is a positive action".

"Restoration is always controversial though and can be frowned upon in some Museums and yet highly respected in places such as The Sistine Chapel!  But actually, retouching a picture even on a minuscule scale, can make the world of difference in looking at the work and retouching is, sensibly, widely acceptable in private practice and museum environments - ultimately a decision reached with the client and conservator".

Lisa Oxenden-Wray 

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Baudains Art Conservation belongs to Lisa Oxenden-Wray (pictured below) B.A (hons) Pg Dip.  She is a fully qualified and trained Conservator of works of Art on Paper with 30 years of experience.

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Mould spores.... there are over 2 thousand different types of moulds.  Some can be hazardous.  Mould spore oxidation used to be known as 'foxing' - a traditional term used to describe brown spots covering areas of a watercolour or print, drawing or any work of art on paper or just plain paper even as paper is hygroscopic.

Papers moisture content varies with the humidity of the surrounding environment.  Therefore paper is able to consistently attract water from its surroundings via absorption.  Once a paper has absorbed moisture it will then likely grow a mould that then oxides and resembles a cluster of brown spots.  Fortunately these are treatable and can be removed in Conservation of the work of art.


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Science is Magic

 I've twice been asked if I use Magic to achieve my results!  When the truth is my results are made from hard work using science combined with the craft of paper conservation.  I also respect each and every art work in my care and trust and i am meticulous in my work.  I guess you could say Science is a kind of Magic!

Lisa Oxenden-Wray