My sketch, above of the unpainted and beautiful doors in the Doe Library.
The Doe Library in Berkeley still has
the solid redwood doors, covered in
thick hides with brass details.
We were hired to assess the doors,
and explain to them how to properly conserve and restore them to their
original beauty. The details of the
doors are interesting and beautiful,
each bit designed thoughtfully in a time when pride in design mattered in
all aspects of the built environment.
In half the Library the doors were repainted a dull, lifeless brown or
recovered in a poorly chosen leather. They are not my favorite doors.
The doors in one part of the library have not been repainted,
and they are beautiful as they are, rotting, layers, deeply rust colored.
I took hundreds of detailed images.
Have you got a door in your sketchbook?
Pentalic Field Journal, with a Pentalic HB woodless pencil,
Platinum Preppie Pen, Noodler’s ink,
and Holbein, QoR and Daniel Smith watercolors.
©D. Katie Powell.
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