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Workshop on use of Asian paper in paper conservation

From: Yunsun Choi <yunsun.choi<-at->
Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
"Understanding Asian papers and their applications in paper
The British Library
96 Euston Road
20-22, March 2013


    Yunsun Choi
    Conservation Manager
    Paper, Paintings and Frames
    Tate Gallery

    The British Library

Registration Fee: 375 GBP (materials included)
Enrolment limit: 12

This unique three day workshop provides a theoretical and practical
understanding of the history of East Asian papers (Chinese, Korean
and Japanese) and their application in Western paper conservation
practice today. The aim of this workshop is to equip conservators
with the skills to identify different East Asian papers, appreciate
their individual traits and the great contribution that Asian papers
can make to modern western conservation practice.

Participants will be given a brief overview of the main developments
in the production history of East Asian papers together with methods
of contemporary manufacture. There will be a presentation of
microscopic photographs of the fibres of different East Asian papers
and an explanation of how to distinguish and identify them. This
will be followed by a study of different paper samples made using
various raw materials, processes and drying methods. Participants
will then be shown how to apply this knowledge to select appropriate
papers according to the requirements of specific treatments in
Western paper conservation. Some of the techniques used in Asian
conservation that have been adapted and modified for the treatment
of Western paper objects will also be introduced.

At the end of the workshop there will be time for participants to
reflect, evaluate and discuss the application of Asian papers and
techniques in their own conservation practice.

The session includes:

    The various histories and characteristics of Chinese, Korean and
    Japanese papermaking

    Making an Asian style drying board using a Tycore board

    Understanding mechanical and hydrogen bonding in mulberry paper
    (East Asian paper) through the process of making Joomchi, paper
    felting- traditional Korean craft

    Flattening objects using hydrogen bonding and different
    shrinkage of mulberry paper and Western paper

    Applications of different toning materials to mulberry paper

    Applications of different adhesives to mulberry paper for repair
    and lining of different types of Western paper

Instructor: Minah Song

    Minah Song is currently a paper conservator at the Conservation
    Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia,
    USA. She received an M.A. in East Asian Art History from the
    Academy of Korean Studies in Korea and an M.A. in Conservation
    from Camberwell College of Arts in London, UK. She works on a
    variety of artworks on paper, from maps, architectural drawings,
    archival materials, parchment and Asian objects. Some of her
    presented and published research projects include: "Permanence,
    Durability and Unique Properties of Hanji", co-authored with
    Jesse Munn (AIC Book and Paper Annual, 2005), "Conservation of a
    Group of Early 19th Century Chinese Export Flora Paintings" (AIC
    Annual Meeting, 2007), "The History and Characteristics of
    Korean Books and Bookbinding" (Journal of the Institute of
    Conservation, 2009), "Can West Meet East? - Different Approaches
    to Conservation of East Asian Art" (Conference: East Asian Art:
    "Historic Context and Modern Preservation of Paper-Based Works",
    2010), Korean Paper, Hanji, its History, Technique and
    Properties (Conference: Paper from the East, London, 2011).

For further details and online registration:


Contact the instructor: asianpaperconservation<-at->gmail<.>com

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