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From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sat, 15 May 2004 10:17:11 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 25056] old lino block help needed
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Anyone on the list have any help here? I would surely be interested in knowing if there is a way to rescue old blocks, not that any of mine have been stored badly or abused...., well, maybe a few I didn't like.
Best to all,

- ---- Original Message -----
From: Gwen/John Impson
Sent: Friday, May 14, 2004 12:15 AM
Subject: priceless old lino blocks


I am in need of advice. I am an artist/printmaker working with the curator at he Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs, MS. Recently we uncrated over 200 of Anderson's lino blocks dating back to the 1940's. The smallest are 8 by 10 inches and the largest are almost 7 feet in length. Sadly, many are dry, cracked and brittle. Some are mounted on board, others are not.

I have been asked to pull a print for archival purposes from as many of the blocks as possible. But before I attempt anything I have several concerns.

Is there anyway to treat the blocks before printing to make them more flexible?

What is the best way of cleaning the blocks? Would water further dry them?
(Some seem to be encrusted with old water-based inks)

What is the best inks to use in printing- by hand of course?

Is there anything that can be done to preserve the plates?

What is the best way to store the plates?

I would appreciate any advise or referrals.
Gwen Impson