Before treatment.

A raking light was used to emphasize the poor condition of the fabric and surface.

A transmitted light was used to highlight the deformations associated with the tear.

Once mended, the tear was relaxed and primed for inpainting.

After treatment detail.

This pastel painting fell from a wall, causing a large cross-shaped tear along with numerous scratches and gouges.

The tear was mended and relaxed using a special technique. The surface plane was locally relaxed. Losses were filled and inpainted. A custom backing was constructed and fixed to the reverse in order to assist in the future stabilization of the painting.

Canvas placed over suction platten.
Testing adhesives.
Bonding threads.
Realigning torn threads.