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2839Re: [PPLetterpress] ink

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  • Timothy Arthur Brown
    Aug 18, 2004
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      Hi Peter,

      My concern, and the concern of many archivists, is history rather than
      art. Many printed things really are worth having for more than 500
      years, so what inks are the best to use?

      T. A. Brown
      Franconia, New Hampshire USA



      Peter Fraterdeus wrote:

      >Hi Timothy, et alia
      >
      >I do think this is all very important, and I'm happy to read about the research.
      >Also very pleased that there are hand-made inks available in the West of England!
      >
      >And then there's the philosophy expressed by Arne Wolfe when asked about archival materials:
      >
      >"Let them make their own art in 500 years"
      >;-)
      >
      >I think the reason to use the good stuff (whether ink, paper, types or, most importantly, texts) is for the pleasure of the making and the receiving. The fact that it lasts for centuries is a beneficial side-effect of using simple materials, well understood.
      >
      >I'm sure, as with any useful endeavor, the permanence of the various materials involved must be balanced with the economics. And finally, <tongue style="in_cheek">should YABOSIP (yet another book of self-indulgent poems) be foisted onto future generations?? </tongue>
      >
      >If Libraries and institutional collectors are buying books with a desire for preservation, I certainly hope that they will be reading the texts before they examine the inks.
      >
      >PF
      >
      >At 4:08 PM -0400 2004-08-18, Timothy Arthur Brown wrote:
      >
      >
      >>Yes, Angela, there is an interest in a discussion about ink.
      >>
      >>Like Mark, my interests concern permanence... not just lightfastness of
      >>pigments but the permanence of carriers as well.
      >>
      >>
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