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Mona hessing "banner" tapestry

 

This tapestry is a spectacular installation of over 150 individual woven tapestry lengths. They hang in a colour sequence with textured bullion twists and knotted rope drops in front.

Condition

The tapestry had suffered from several years of exposure to dust and particulate matter blown into the open foyer. It was very dirty, affecting the appearance of the brightly coloured drops and progression of colours across the span of the artwork.

Treatment

The conservation treatment comprised:

  • Complete brush vacuum of each tapestry drop
  • Untangled and realigned loose bullion twists
  • Secured the dropped tapestry lengths by stitching
  • Removed remnants of previous insect infestation
  • Neatened drops hanging out of sequence
  • Evaluated previous preventive measures, protecting against insect activity

The cleaning treatment was extremely successful, recovering much of the artwork's original brightness and exposing the detailed textures created by the artist.

Client

University of New South Wales

Services

Textiles Conservation 


Mona Hessing BT

Before Treatment

Mona Hessing DT 

During Treatment

Mona Hessing AT

After Treatment