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From what I understand, the scope of this site is to act as a place for people who are artists/creators of art and crafts.

Are topics that relate to art restoration/preservation considered part of that scope?

I've mentioned preservation here because some of the questions tagged (or that should be) are from non-artists asking about preserving or restoring works that they own.

I'm not saying that I think these questions are good or bad, they are here as examples of what I'm talking about.

  • Restoration and preservation may overlap significantly, but there are also some aspects of preservation that aren't about restoration (and a number of questions asked already, preservation I think) -- can you expand a little more on that overlap out relationship, or is that perhaps best left to answers? – Erica Apr 28 '16 at 22:36
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    I think that a good answer will definitely address the differences between restoration and preservation - and hopefully, if only one of the two is in scope, can help delineate where one stops and the other starts. – Catija Apr 28 '16 at 23:06
  • @Catija I'm of the opinion that both should be on-topic - but it's actually rather difficult to say where the line is, without many examples, and "line-stretchers." – Zizouz212 Apr 29 '16 at 0:41
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I say yes.

Art restoration is ultimately an art/craft in itself. Through restoring a work, you add your own arts to create a new product. I see it as perfectly on-topic here.

  • Yeah. These should be fine. I don't see a reason why they won't be. If one does pop up we can revisit this discussion for that question. Crafts do need TLC as well. – Matt Apr 29 '16 at 2:18
  • Restoration isn't about "creating a new product"... I think you're confusing it with something like "upcycling". Restoration is about repairing an already existing product. Should we also answer questions about "I broke my ceramic mug, what type of glue should I use to fix it?" How is this art related? – Catija Apr 29 '16 at 15:22
  • Working with pottery and ceramics would be considered a craft. If someone just asked about their own creation that broke I would hope we would answer it as well as explain what they could have done to prevent it ( assuming it was a failure of the work.) If someone asked about a mug that was purchased from a craft outlet and not a commercial common coffee mug I would hope we consider answering it. If it was a regular coffee mug would could close it as a dupe or just mark it as off topic. Give them a chance though and see. – Matt Apr 29 '16 at 18:20

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