Hanging on the edge: using digital scanning and computer numerical controlled (CNC) router technology to create bespoke storage forms

2018-11-11T19:43:17Z (GMT) by Anne Peranteau
Preprint from New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials 2018 Conference.

An acquisition of three gowns by artist Lindah Lepou presented unique storage challenges. The gowns featured upcycled natural and plastic fibers and tapa cloth sewn over a foundation of cotton twill fabric. The substantial weight and volume of the garments,as well as storage space limitations, meant it was necessary to devise a method of safely hanging them. 3D photogrammetry scanning and computer numerical control (CNC) router carving were used to produce Ethafoam body forms which were subsequently converted into hanging supports for the gowns.