At once an art and a functional technique to protect wood and decoration, conventional color painting is a critical element of decoration in conventional Chinese buildings. As they become destroyed due to multiple factors like weather, surroundings, and materials, though, color paintings have to be repaired over a period of time. In this study, three historic buildings, classified as ancient academy, ancestral shrine, and temple, respectively, that are currently being repaired by three units of craftsmen, are selected as objects for research. This research includes describing the status of ruined color paintings prior to recovery, field investigations, and comparisons of tools, materials, and methods used by each group of craftsmen recovering the color paintings. Using case studies and interviews, this research aims to create references to use when craftsmen must recover the color paintings of other historic buildings in the future. The findings can be summarized as follows: 1. craftsmen adopt dissimilar tools, methods, and materials due to personal habits; 2. the usage of conventional materials and manufacture techniques are affected by modern new materials; 3. a gradual disappearance of conventional techniques, owing to modern tools, is occurring.
|Keywords:||Taiwan, Historic Building, Conventional Color Painting, Recovery Technique|
Lecturer, Interior Designer, Doctoral Program Graduate School of Design, National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, Taichung, Yunlin, Taiwan
Professor, Department of Architecture and Interior Design, National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, Yun lin, Yunlin, Taiwan
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