We live in a world of many and varied colours, from bright and bold to subtle and calm, and we make full use of this wide palette to decorate our built environment. So why is it that when it comes to ironwork the majority of people specify black? This day aims to explode the ‘always black’ myth, look at alternatives, and outline best practice for discovering, conserving and re-instating original colour schemes.
Preconception – Do you automatically think of ‘black’ as the appropriate colour for heritage ironwork? If so then you are in the majority, but why is this?
We will explore:
- The 20th Century fashion for black ironwork & its impact
- The misconception that ironwork always was and always should be black
- A range of historic colours & finishes and what influences colour fashions
Paint Research – a crucial practice in projects where the surface might be damaged or removed. Find out:
- Why paint sampling & analysis is so important
- How to record findings
Conserving Finishes and Coatings – putting conservation theory into practise isn’t always straightforward. How do you practically go about:
- Retaining original paint layers
- Localised paint removal and repairs
- Preparing for removal of all paint where it is the only realistic approach
Colour for Historic Settings – different scenarios call for a different approach. We will discuss methodology for:
- Re-instating original colours
- Establishing a colour scheme when no original paint remains
- Choosing a colour for new work in historic settings.
Each topic will begin with a presentation or case-study from experienced professionals, followed by whole-group discussion.
The purpose of this event is not just to educate but to stimulate debate via exchange of information and opinion. Full programme details including speakers to follow.
Patrick Baty, Historic Paint Consultant, renowned expert on the paint and colours of the past four centuries: http://patrickbaty.co.uk/
Kathryn Ferry, Architectural Historian specialising in the colour theory of Owen Jones: http://www.kathrynferry.co.uk/
Bethan Griffiths, Metalwork Designer & Consultant, The Ironwork Studio, whose projects both heritage and modern include a wide range of colourful ironwork: http://www.theironworkstudio.com/heritage.html
Peter Meehan, Conservator, Historic Metalwork Conservation Company, with wide-ranging experience in several fields of metalwork: http://www.hm-cc.co.uk/
Charlotte Owen, Paint Researcher, Hirst Conservation, with a conservation background at the National Trust, English Heritage and Cambridge University Museums: http://www.hirst-conservation.com/
ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT WILL SUPPORT EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN HERITAGE IRONWORK.