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Workshop on use of Asian paper in paper conservation

From: Vanessa Haight Smith <haightv<-at->
Date: Monday, July 15, 2013
"Understanding Asian papers and their applications in paper
Smithsonian Libraries
Preservation Services Dept.
Landover, MD 20785
9-11 October 2013

Registration Fee: $600 (materials and lunches 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 Asian papers together with methods of
contemporary manufacture. There will be a presentation of
microscopic photographs of the fibers 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. Participants are
welcome to bring their own Asian papers for examination and Western
paper objects for 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), in Korean
    Paper, Hanji, its History, Technique and Properties (Conference:
    Paper from the East, London, 2011).

For further details and online registration:


Vanessa Haight Smith
Book Conservator
Head, Preservation Services Dept
Smithsonian Institution Libraries

                  Conservation DistList Instance 27:6
                  Distributed: Saturday, July 20, 2013
                        Message Id: cdl-27-6-025
Received on Monday, 15 July, 2013

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