Published Aug. 19, 2017 5:23 PM

Since we have mostly been focused on consolidating the canvas these past days, we now had to work on the finer details. Some paint flakes are really hard to fix with the airbrush. We therefore consolidate some of them manually. With the help of Japanese tissue, laid carefully on top of the paint layer, we applied Methocel A4C from above with a brush. This was then gently pushed through the paper with a rubber color shaper. Methocel is a cellulose based glue and remains on the surface. It is therefore a useful product when attaching loose paint flakes onto the canvas again. The Japanese paper also protects the paint layer from possible damage by conservation tools.

Published Aug. 17, 2017 4:29 PM

This day actually started the evening before with an absolutely wonderful dinner prepared by Douwtje van der Meulen and Vilde Dalåsen, the Indonesian inspired Dutch dish of Rijsttafel, or “rice table” in English. They had prepared 8 delicious dishes from scratch, presenting a sumptuous meal topped by a Spekkoek, a spice cake somewhat similar to pumpkin pie. Now, Douwtje has a personal motto that a person who knows how to cook, will also get the knack of handling chemicals in the lab. Judging by her cooking, she must be really good in the lab.

Published Aug. 16, 2017 4:54 PM

Today we could finally start to consolidate our paint layers after the large amount of preparations in the form of documentation, cleaning and testing. We were all really excited and worked like bees right from the beginning of the day.  Mixtures were prepared and all the required equipment were laid out ready for action.

Published Aug. 15, 2017 5:09 PM

Today there were a lot of things to do before we finally could start to consolidate the paint layers.

Published Aug. 14, 2017 4:47 PM

Today we not only focused on the documentation of the borders and testing, but we had an excursion to the Rød mansion and prepared for Open Day on Sunday.

Published Aug. 11, 2017 1:28 PM

Our polish professor Elzbieta Szmit-Naud from the Nicolaus Copernicus University arrived yesterday.  She is a specialist in conservation of the theatre scenery.

The group of students are divided into two teams, working on separate borders. The groups communicate regularly with each other, sharing information about damages and exchanging ideas about how we may treat the objects.

Published Aug. 10, 2017 10:01 AM

Today, we continued documenting the border and all its details. The border has a lot of holes, paint-loss and tears – and all of this has to be documented in a systematic way.  We do this by mapping them out on plastic sheets with an overview of the painting drawn on it. Each sheet represents a different kind of damage. This is in addition to photographs and detailed report-writing.

Published Aug. 9, 2017 9:49 AM

The day was spent documenting the condition of the borders both visually and photographically.

Published Aug. 8, 2017 5:06 PM

Today, was the first day of the fifth summer school project at Fredrikshald theatre.

Published June 28, 2017 3:49 PM

From 6-18 August 10 students from Germany, Poland and Norway and their lecturers will continue working on the conservation of the theatre scenery 'The Woods'. This year two borders will be conserved. Every day students will write about the activities that they undertake. Do follow us.

Published Aug. 16, 2016 8:57 PM

Continuous rolling the border up and down has resulted in frayed edges that  need securing to protect it from loss of threads.

Published Aug. 16, 2016 8:49 PM

Wednesday turned out to be an extraordinary day. We started working in two groups – the students working previously on the backdrop joined the border- and the side wing groups. With more hands the work went faster and we managed to finish one side wing. The good news did not stop there. 

Published Aug. 16, 2016 8:37 PM

In conservation, the removal of water stains is a challenging problem.

Published Aug. 16, 2016 8:29 PM

We were caught by a rainstorm while walking down to the theatre in the morning. We were drenched and our wet clothes were hung to dry in front of all the heaters in the storage.

Published Aug. 16, 2016 8:25 PM

In conservation we need to consider future environments and situations that the objects will be exposed  to, and therefore employ preventive treatment measures to ensure preservation.

Published Aug. 16, 2016 8:13 PM

On the side wings we had to restore a lot of open seams and holes in the canvas. Due to the large format of the theatre sceneries, their age, use and variable storage and climate conditions, holes have appeared and seams have weakened and opened over time.

Published Aug. 10, 2016 4:26 PM

To get a better understanding of the history of the theatre and how the sceneries of Fredrikshald theatre were used, the students had the pleasure of meeting Jon Nygaard, a professor at the Center of Ibsen Studies in Oslo.

Published Aug. 8, 2016 5:00 PM

Our first proper workday consisted of continuing the consolidation of the paint surfaces of the side wings and the backdrop.

Published Aug. 8, 2016 3:53 PM

The 31th of July marks the beginning of a two week intensive conservation program.     

Published Aug. 14, 2015 7:51 PM

To uker har gått veldig fort.

Published Aug. 14, 2015 3:30 PM

I dag har  vi avsluttet noen av de oppgaver og utfordringer vi har støtt på her i Halden. Vårt hovedfokus nå er å lage en trygg lagringssituasjon for scenerekvisittene inntil neste sommerskole kan fortsette prosjektet. Solen skinner og vi endte nok en produktiv dag med bål og grilling.

Published Aug. 13, 2015 8:44 AM

Rifter er et vanlig problem i restaurering og konservering av lerret, men hvordan kan dette problemet håndteres?

Published Aug. 12, 2015 8:49 AM

I dag var en produktiv dag. Spesielt for soffitgruppen. Det var den første dagen med praktisk konservering.

Published Aug. 11, 2015 1:57 PM

Når store lerret skal konserveres er hovedfokuset på å løse strukturelle problemer. Det betyr ikke at estetiske problemer ikke er viktige. Dette ble tydelig da vi på søndag arrangerte åpen dag.

Published Aug. 9, 2015 9:47 AM

Tiden flyr og den første uken er ved sin ende. Scene kulissene blir gjort klar for en ny fremtid og vi, konservatorene, blir tatt med tilbake i tid på denne regnfylte dagen.