As well as the conference talks in the main lecture theatre, we have a number of smaller, more practical sessions running in the breakout rooms throughout the day. These are all included in the price of your conference ticket, but spaces are limited so you will need to book. To ensure that everyone has a chance to benefit from the expertise of our demonstrators, we ask that in the first instance, each delegate books places on no more than two workshops. If there are places left nearer the time of the conference, we will open this up further. You can book your places when you purchase your conference ticket via our Eventbrite ticketing page.
Thursday 9 April
14.30 – 15.30 Hidaka Washi and Satoshi Hasegawa (Paper Makers), video and discussion (B204)
Hidaka Washi from Kochi, Japan, produces the world thinnest machine-made Tengu paper. Satoshi Hasegawa from Gifu, the home of Mino paper, has been producing one of the best quality Japanese papers desired by Japanese conservators. This session will comprise an illustrated talk on differences in machine-made and hand-made papers, their properties, and their usage.
14.30 – 15.30 Kobayashi Hake Production Company (Brush Makers) (B211)
Kobayashi Hake produces a variety of hand-made hake brushes in a traditional manner. Their brushes have been widely used for Hyogu for a long time. Mr Tanaka will give an illustrated talk on a variety of hake produced in the Kobayashi Hake workshop, their history and usage, and most importantly how to look after your hake. There will be panel presentation at their trade stand, and a Q&A session if time allows.
16.00 – 16.50 Hidaka Washi and Satoshi Hasegawa (Paper Makers), video and discussion (B204)
16.00 – 16.50 Kobayashi Hake Production Company (Brush Makers) (B211)
Friday 10 April
9.00 – 10.00 Namiko Tagawa, The Use and Care of Karibari Boards (B204)
Namiko Tagawa from Japan, who is trained in both traditional Japanese conservation and Western book and paper conservation, will discuss the Karibari board in this session. She will talk about its structure, its manufacture, how and what it is used for, and how to maintain your Karibari board to keep it in good condition for repeat use. A video on Karibari board-making, produced at the Folger Shakespeare Library, will also be shown during the talk. Please note, the content of this talk will be repeated in Ms Tagawa’s post-conference workshop, so participants on that three-day course are requested not to book for the in-conference workshop.
9.00 – 10.00 Simon Fleury, Japanese Woodbox Making (B211)
Simon Fleury from the V&A will hold a workshop on Japanese paulownia woodbox making. Simon will show some slides from his research trip to Japan, some boxes he produced, and the woodworking tools he used. He will also demonstrate the use of these tools. This will be a small workshop for up to 15 attendants, involving free discussion with Simon.
10.30 – 11.30 Namiko Tagawa, The Use and Care of Karibari Boards (B204)
10.30 – 11.30 Megumi Mizumura and Nancy Jacobi, East Asian Paper Identification (B211)
Megumi Mizumura is conservator of Western art on paper at the British Museum, with over 19 years’ experience in Western and Asian paper conservation.
Nancy Jacobi is the President of the Japanese Paper Place in Canada, with 35 years’ experience as a Japanese paper supplier.
In this workshop, a brief comparison of Chinese, Korean, and Japanese papermaking and materials will be given. Participants will examine various paper samples to determine their differences in quality for various conservation purposes¬. There will be a discussion of the usage of various papers in conservation, stressing the importance of selecting papers with the desired properties (strength, malleability, translucence, longevity etc.), and also on the variations that can result from using different sources of raw materials and different preparation methods.
The group will be encouraged to share their experiences and ask any questions they have that are particular to their needs. The participants will hopefully end the session with a better idea of what affects the quality and availability of Japanese papers currently made for the conservation and fine art markets.
If you wish to attend this workshop, you are requested to also attend Megumi Mizumura’s talk on Japanese paper in the main lecture theatre earlier in the programme.
11.30 – 12.30 Hidaka Washi and Satoshi Hasegawa (Paper Makers), video and discussion (B204)
11.30 – 12.30 Megumi Mizumura and Nancy Jacobi, East Asian Paper Identification (B211)
13.20 – 14.20 Kobayashi Hake Production Company (Brush Makers) (B211)
13.50 – 14.50 Susan Catcher, Research and Practical Uses of Natural Dyes Influenced by Kwang-Young Chun (B204)
This session follows Susan Catcher’s talk in the main lecture hall. Susan has a background in paper conservation and works at the V&A Museum on the East Asian Collection. Susan has researched into natural, locally cultivated dyes, and experimented in changing their colours by using different mordants. Her research was inspired by Korean artist Kwang-Young Chun, who uses traditional materials and methods of dying for his artwork, which is being exhibited at the V&A. This session offers a chance for informal Q&A and discussion related to their research. There will also be an opportunity to see some dye materials and Susan’s experimental specimens.
15.00 – 16.00 Susan Catcher, Research and Practical Uses of Natural Dyes Influenced by Kwang-Young Chun (B211)
**Update** Due to unforeseen circumstances Kwang-Young Chun will no longer be able to join us in London for the conference. However Susan Catcher has very kindly agreed to run this workshop solo so it will still go ahead.