Fw: Digitizing the Unicorn Tapestries
- Great story. Had to share. The people who got to be in on this project
must have really been living right.
> > http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/050411fa_fact
> > One heck of a story on several levels. Here's a hook-like excerpt:
> > The Unicorn tapestries are considered by many to be the most
> > beautiful tapestries in existence. They are also among the great work
> > of art of any kind...
> > ...In the wet lab, a team of textile conservators led by a woman
> > named Kathrin Colburn unpacked the tapestries and spread them out
> > face down on a large table, one by one. At some point, the backs of
> > the tapestries had been covered with linen. The backings, which
> > protect the tapestries and help to support them when they hang on a
> > wall, were turning brown and brittle, and had to be replaced. Using
> > tweezers and magnifying lenses, Colburn and her team delicately
> > removed the threads that held each backing in place. As the
> > conservators lifted the backing away, inch by inch, they felt a
> > growing sense of awe. The backs were almost perfect mirror images of
> > the fronts, but the colors were different...