Fashion saves art

Scarf owners contribute to painting preservation and get to see the works in progess    

Anġelika Scarf owners are being invited to a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the restoration project to which they have contributed by purchasing the limited-edited accessory.

The 100-per-cent silk scarf, designed by Stephanie Borg, is based on a painting and now its owners are being invited to view the work of art in an exclusive opportunity.

They will visit the PrevArti Laboratory at the Mosta Technopark to witness the progress of the restoration of the painting, Our Lady of Grace, by Salvatore Micallef found at the St Mary of Jesus (Ta’ Ġieżu) Church in Valletta.

The support of those who purchased the Anġelika Scarf has played a vital role in making this restoration possible, and it was now time to witness the restoration progress first-hand.

Restorers will talk the scarf owners through the different stages of conservation and restoration in the presence of the guardian of the Ta’ Giezu Church, Fr Ramon Farrugia.

The conservation of the painting aims to tackle a series of issues that any old painting faces with the passage of time.

“Before any intervention, we first study the painting using different scientific instruments and photographic equipment to carefully understand the kind of damage we will have to treat,” PrevArti explained.

“We then do a series of cleaning tests to be able to gradually remove an accumulation of dust and dirt that settle and embed themselves into the surface of the painting.

“Like any old painting, it will also need a structural treatment to tackle the deformations that have formed in the canvas because of its interaction with the auxiliary frame around which it is stretched.”

PrevArti said the restoration process ended with an aesthetic reintegration of all the losses and abrasions in the layer of paint.

The whole process was made up of visible and sometimes less visible interventions that sought to protect an important piece of Malta’s cultural heritage.

Borg, a self-taught artist and surface pattern designer, renowned for making the traditional Maltese tile a trendy artwork, expressed her gratitude for the support and involvement in this “meaningful project” and invited others to join in preserving Malta’s cultural heritage.

She pointed out the dress code: “Wear your Anġelika Scarf proudly!”

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