When working on the #tattoocollection in the @ScienceMuseum #archives I habitually crosscheck my own observations with the museum's #catalogue database. Most of the entries are brief and descriptive - but occasionally, I come across an interesting interpretative note. For example, while I was working on object no. A544, I read this intriguing little comment: "Wounded human skin with various crude tattoos, probably French, 1850-1920." The photograph here shows the 'wound' in question - a straight, vertical tear, measuring 58mm in length, cutting through the centre left side of the specimen. The edges of the fissure are dotted with 25 small pinholes, suggesting stitching; but this wound never healed, and these punctures marks were not made with therapeutic intentions.
In fact, the skin has been pinned in this manner as part of the #preservation process. As the skin dries, it shrinks, causing it to wrinkle and warp. This can be avoided by pinning out the skin whilst it's still soft and pliable, thus retaining a smooth, undistorted surface once fully dried. Some shrinkage will nevertheless occur around the pins, resulting in a characteristic 'frilling' along the outer edges of the skin; this effect can also be all seen in the so-called wound above.
Examining the tear more closely, it appears very straight and smooth-edged, suggesting that the cut was made with a sharp implement, such as a blade. The pinholes and the absence of any signs of healing indicate that this 'wound' was either sustained not long before death, or that the skin was damaged #postmortem .
Tears and damage to the skin are not uncommon in the collection - there are many examples in which the tattoos are not preserved in their entirety. Particularly in the case of soldiers, who may have suffered extensive - and fatal - injuries, it is easy to imagine that the collection of intact #tattoos would often have been impossible.
Elgar Esser's most recent catalogue 'Morgenland' is now available, published by Shirmer/Mosel in Munich. The artist's most recent series presents landscapes and places along the Lebanon coast, the river Nile in Egypt, and in Israel. As in his previous series taken in Italy and France, his photographs pay tribute to the universal lure of a seemingly infinite horizon and ultimate calm in the foreground. @elger.esser #elgaresser#morgenland#schirmermosel#catalogue#photography
....So much to take in at this fabulous exhibition. We decided to focus on some of the amazing small details from some of the gigantic paintings on display . Enjoy and look for them when you visit the exhibition.
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Cliente: Porte a Porte, azienda produttrice di porte interne con sede a Teano (CE).
Lavoro: progettazione catalogo 2017 e supervisione stampa.
Il catalogo è stampato su carte Fedrigoni. La stampa è a 4 colori + Pantone metallico + verniciatura per dare lucentezza ai prodotti.
Seguiamo il cliente in tutte le fasi di lavorazione. Dopo aver ideato e progettato il nuovo catalogo, per assicurare la qualità del prodotto finale supervisioniamo anche personalmente il processo di stampa.