Workshops
Nanopapers  in  Art  Conservation

Nanocellulose films, also called Nanopapers, are biomaterials obtained from various species of wood or plants. Nanopapers are also nanomaterials with unique physical and optical properties. Today, the Nanopapers are a new solution for the treatment of graphic, photographic and cinematographic artworks and documents, old or contemporary, made of translucent or transparent supports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since 2014, senior paper conservator Remy Dreyfuss-Deseigne works on Nanopapers and their introduction into the field of art conservation. He did some related publications, international presentations and courses.

 

The Applications for Nanocellulose Films in Conservation Workshops

are available for conservation professionals who want to learn more about

these new materials and methods

For further information, please go to the Workshops section of the website

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Remy Dreyfuss-Deseigne
Senior Paper Conservator Researcher
 
Graduated from the INP Conservation Program
and the Ecole du Louvre (Paris,France)
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Nanocellulose films unique properties

STABILITY

Cellulose microfibrils

These biomaterials are made of pure cellulose (more than 95% pure, delignified), with a neutral pH. They were tested very stable to light, temperature and humidity agings

TRANSPARENCY

These "Nanopapers" can effectively transmit light and can be as transparent as a polyester film like mylar. Its remarkable properties of transparency don't change after aging

STRENGTH

Nanocellulose films are very thin (thickness from 8 to 40 µm) and show high mechnical strength properties, even after aging

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Applications in Art Conservation

Nanocellulose films can be used for the treatment of various types of

artworks and documents from Archives and Museums collections, such as:

 Thin paper artworks - Tracing papers - Parchments - Photographic materials - Thin textile objects - Plastic materials - 3D Objects - Animation cels ...

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Workshops   Nanocellulose Films in Art Conservation

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Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of Nanocellulose films and their use in conservation

  • Get an overview of the latest research projects on the topic

  • Study and examine various samples of Nanopapers

  • Learn how to make Nanocellulose films and nanocomposites in a conservation lab

  • Learn how to use these new materials in paper conservation

The two-day intensive workshop will provide established paper conservators with a theoretical and practical foundation for understanding the use of nanocellulose films in conservation. The course consists primarily of hands-on activities, but will also include a lecture, group discussions, examination of various nanocellulose films, the making of some films (MFC and MFC-based nanocomposites), and the application of this new material on a selection of graphic artworks and documents.

2021-2022 Workshops:

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC PROJECTS, London, UK - 4 Virtual Sessions - July to October 2021 

HAUTE ÉCOLE ARC, Neuchâtel, Switzerland - June 13-14, 2022

TOKYO NATIONAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR CULTURAL PROPERTIES, Tokyo, Japan

     2018-2020 Workshops:

     •THE BRITISH MUSEUM, London, UK

     •THE ALBERTINA, Vienna, Austria

     •THE INDIANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY - FAIC, Indianapolis, USA

     •THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES, London, UK

     •THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS - FAIC, Boston, USA 

     •THE WEISSMAN PRESERVATION CENTER - HARVARD LIBRARY, Cambridge, USA

 

If you are interested in organizing / participating a Nano-Workshop
and for more information,
please contact Remy Dreyfuss-Deseigne directly via the website messaging service



 

 
 

About Remy Dreyfuss-Deseigne

- 2009: Graduated from l’Ecole du Louvre (Paris, France)

- 2014: Internship at the Harry Ransom Center (Austin, TX, USA)

- 2015: Graduated from the INP Conservation Program - Master’s degree in Book and Paper conservation with highest honors, with his thesis called: ‘Introduction of Nanocellulose Films in Paper Conservation’.

- 2015-2016: National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in paper conservation offered by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA, Philadelphia, PA).

- 2018: First Workshops about the applications of the Nanopapers in Art Conservation

PUBLICATIONS / PRESENTATIONS

- DREYFUSS-DESEIGNE R. 2018. « Nanocellulose films: Properties, Development, and New Applications for Translucent and Transparent Artworks and Documents ». The Book and Paper Group Annual – American Institute for Conservation (AIC).

- DREYFUSS-DESEIGNE R., DUPONT A-L. 2017. Nanocellulose films: properties, development and new applications for translucent and transparent artworks and documents, Presentation at the AIC’ s 45th Annual Meeting:‘Treatment 2017: Innovation in Conservation and Collection Care’, General Sessions, 28 May-2June 2017, Chicago, USA.

- DREYFUSS-DESEIGNE R. 2017. « Nanocellulose films in art conservation – A New and Promising Material for Translucent Paper Objects ». Journal of Paper Conservation, IADA - International Association of Book and Paper Conservators.

- DREYFUSS-DESEIGNE R. 2016. Research on the Transparency of Mending in Transmitted Light. Introduction of Nanocellulose in Paper Conservation, Presentation at the ICOM-CC conference: ‘Experience and Evidence’, ICOM-CC Interim Meeting Graphic Documents Working Group, 1– 3 June 2016, National Library of France, Paris, France.

 

- DREYFUSS-DESEIGNE R. 2017. « La nanocellulose en conservation-restauration : première application de ce nouveau matériau prometteur pour la consolidation des oe uvres graphiques à caractère translucide et transparent ». Support Tracé - Revue de l’ARSAG , No.16.

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