Workshop on Asian papers in Conservation

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Tuesday, 7 April, 2015 to Wednesday, 8 April, 2015

"Understanding Asian Papers and their Applications in Paper Conservation"
Icon Book and Paper Group Co-operative Training Register (CTR)
Tate Conservation Studios
Tate Britain
Instructor: Minah Song

The Icon Book and Paper Group CTR is delighted to present its next workshop, hosted by Tate and generously supported by Conservation by Design.

This two-day workshop will look in detail at East Asian Papers and their different qualities and uses as a repair material in
conservation. On the first day, participants will study various histories and characteristics of Chinese, Korean and Japanese papermaking, particularly some of the factors that can change the quality of paper during the papermaking process.

Attendees will enhance their understanding of basic papermaking techniques by producing their own paper to use for repair. Participants will also make a Karibari-style drying board, which will be used to practise several lining and drying techniques.

The second day will see participants examining different lining and drying techniques, including a two-sided lining technique with a lightweight mulberry paper. Attendees can then test out these techniques on their own drying board. There will also be the opportunity to test out different repair methods on a variety of substrates, focusing on how to produce a repair with the appropriate texture, strength and opacity.

Minah Song is a senior paper conservator at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia, USA. She holds an MA in East Asian Art History from the Academy of Korean Studies in Korea and an MA in Conservation from Camberwell College of Arts in London, UK. Some of her research projects include: 'Permanence, Durability and Unique Properties of Hanji', co-authored with Jesse Munn (AIC Book and Paper Group Annual, 2004); 'Can West Meet East? Different Approaches to Conservation of East Asian Art' (presented at East "Asian Art: Historical Context and Modern Preservation of Paper-Based Works", Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 2010); "Korean Paper, Hanji, Its History, Technique and Properties" (presented at Paper From the East, National Maritime Museum, 2011).

The workshop is limited to 12 participants. The cost of this course, including refreshments but not lunch, is UKP280 for Icon members and UKP302 for non-members. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

To reserve a place, please email: with the subject line 'Workshop registration'.

For any enquiries please contact Holly Smith -