2840Re: [PPLetterpress] ink
- Aug 18 9:25 PMHi Timothy
I'm just pondering whether history is what's produced with the thought of history...
Certainly, if the Egyptians hadn't developed pretty amazing archival techniques, we wouldn't have all their artifacts to consider. Yet what has it helped us, as a species, or our planet, to have all this 'history'?
And then, some of the finest images ever produced by humans are on the walls and ceilings of caves 15-30000 years old. http://www.hominids.com/donsmaps/images3/chauvetcavebear.jpg (http://www.hominids.com/donsmaps/chauvetcave.html)
The simplest pigments and vehicles are the best. Carbons, irons and oils. What a great bear...gorgeous.
I suppose all this pondering is due to my finally tossing out 20 years worth of old files, papers and computers over the past couple of weeks...
I won't be dumping any fine books, or papers, no fear ;-)
At 10:52 PM -0400 2004-08-18, Timothy Arthur Brown wrote:
>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.
>>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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