LA Art Labs expands into the heart of WeHo with an additional 4000 sqft of indoor space!

With this expansion, we have made it a priority to create a beautiful workspace that not only fosters professional growth, but also personal fulfillment. The extra square footage also allowed us to invest in state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

The new space will also allow us to establish a residency in 2024 that provides art conservators and artists with the opportunity to work, create, and collaborate in a supportive environment in Los Angeles.

What we have been up to:

Here, Jenna is using a precision tool by RH Conservation Engineering for the Winfried-Heiber thread by thread tear-mending process. In a meticulous approach, she recovers the canvas‘ former weave pattern, thread count and threat distance while using a binocular microscope and a variety of dental tools and weights. This technique aims to reestablish the continuity of the weave and was developed in opposition to the more invasive lining or patching techniques, following the principle of minimal intervention.

Another newer acquisition are the low-energy precision heat transfer Precision Mat by our friends Tomas Maar and Nina Olsson. In this picture, Elizabeth is applying a mid-sized IMAT to an area with planar distortions in the paint matrix to correct these. 
“The IMAT project aims to integrate the cutting edge research in nanotechnology with that of cultural heritage conservation for the development of new advanced conservation techniques and materials.”

In the context of new treatment methodologies and materials, we oftentimes execute extensive tests to ensure the highest level of certainty and confidence in our treatment designs; testing has always played a crucial role in the conservation field, highlighting its importance in ensuring quality, safety, and performance.In this image, Laura systematically tests a variety of pigments and binders at different ratios for inpainting purposes.

Documentation is a critical aspect of conservation practices, as it helps to preserve and manage the art that is in our care. Here, Katie and Laura are working from one of the new communal work spaces. Here are some of our key responsibilities:

– Record Keeping
– Conservation Planning
– Preventive Conservation
– Research and Analysis
– Legal and Ethical Compliance
– Knowledge Sharing and Education

A note of gratitude

As we step into the new year, I want to express our deepest gratitude; reflecting on a year of growth and incredible projects, it wouldn’t be possible without the unwavering support of our cherished clients and collaborators. 

Here’s to another year of shared successes and meaningful partnerships. Grateful for each step of this continuous journey together.

❤ Kamila and the LAAL Team

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