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In the days following the conference, we are delighted to be hosting an exciting range of additional workshops as a part of Adapt & Evolve 2015. The workshops are led by international experts and will provide you with specialist knowledge and training that you can apply to your own practice.

The workshops are brought to you at a subsidised cost by the generosity of the Clare Hampson Fund and as such are only open to delegates attending the conference. Workshop places can be booked and paid for on our Eventbrite page when purchasing your conference ticket. Numbers are limited so we urge you to book now to avoid disappointment.

Starch Paste and Japanese Adhesives for Conservation (one-day workshop)
Course leader: Ms Noriko Hayakawa, Scientist and Researcher at The National Research Institute for Cultural Properties in Tokyo, Japan

Description: Starch paste has long been used as a material for art and conservation in Japan and Japanese conservators have developed sophisticated skills related to its use. The aim of this workshop is to introduce Japanese techniques, practical methods, and the underpinning chemistry. Funori and other Japanese conservation materials will also be discussed.
Ms Hayakawa has given this workshop for ten years at the annual ICCROM International course on Conservation of Japanese Paper, held in Japan. She has also led similar workshops in Germany and Italy. This is the first time the workshop will be held in London.

Date: 11 April 2015
Time: 10.00
Venue: Clore Learning Centre, Museum of London
Fee: £85. Lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments included


Local Repairs on Iron Gall Ink (half-day workshop, two bookable sessions)
Course leaders: Eliza Jacobi, Paper Conservator working at RNA (Restauratie Nijhoff Asser), graduated from Instituut Collectie Nederland (RCE); and Claire Phan Tan Luu, Freelance Paper Conservator working in Amsterdam, graduated from Panthéon-Sorbonne University.

Description: Historic manuscripts and drawings made with iron gall ink on paper often contain weak areas and cracks caused by local corrosive action of the ink. Ultimately, this can lead to losses of valuable fragments.
In such situations, paper conservators have to select and implement appropriate local repair techniques. They need to address the practical question of how to provide adequate mechanical support to the paper while minimizing the risk of migration of iron (II) ions.

Eliza Jacobi and Claire Phan Tan Luu explain the interactions between iron gall ink, water, and paper, and the chemical mechanisms at play during iron gall ink degradation. They propose and demonstrate a specific repair technique with the combined use of the ‘Dutch Fe-migration mending test’ and remoistenable tissue.

In the workshop, participants will get to prepare their own remoistenable tissue with different Japanese papers and adhesives, and practise local repairs on iron gall ink using the Dutch Fe-migration mending test.
Participants will also receive a ‘how-to’ package containing a CD and all the materials necessary to reproduce this technique in their own studio

Date: 11 April 2015
Time: 10.00 – 13.00, repeated at 14.00 – 17.00
Venue: Clore Learning Centre, Museum of London
Fee: £85 (which includes a free ‘how-to’ package, normally sold at £50). Morning or afternoon refreshments included

iron gall2

Karibari Making (three-day workshop)
Course leader: Ms Namiko Tagawa, course leader from Japan, is trained in both Japanese and Western paper conservation.

Description: Japanese drying boards, Karibari, are used in paper conservation to slowly dry paper whilst preventing dimensional changes.
During this practical workshop, Ms Tagawa will lead participants through the construction of a Karibari board and teach them how to use and maintain it in day-to-day conservation practice. Each participant will make and take home a 60 x 90 cm Karibari board constructed with five layers of paper. Please note that during the course of this workshop, Ms Tagawa will repeat the content of her in-conference workshop talk, so participants are requested not to attend both.

Date: 12–14 April 2015
Venue: Wellcome Library
Fee: £399. Morning and afternoon refreshments included (not lunch)


Hanji paper (two-session workshop)
Course leaders: Mr Kwang-Young Chun, Contemporary Artist; and Been Kim, Designer with Chun Ho Kim, Master Craftsman.

Description: This two-session workshop showcases the use of hanji, the traditional Korean mulberry paper, in contemporary Korean art and design practices.

In the first session, the artist Chun Kwang-Young will demonstrate the preparation of specific traditional, organic dyes, and their application on hanji, following a practice that goes back centuries. He will also show how he uses these techniques in his creative artwork series Aggregation, one piece of which can be seen in the Korean gallery at the V&A.

**Update 28 Jan 2015**

Due to unforeseen circumstances Mr Kwang-Young Chun will sadly no longer be able to join us in London. To replace this session, Susan Catcher has very kindly agreed to step in and repeat the workshop she is holding during the conference on the Research and Practical Uses of Natural Dyes.

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.

In the second session, the designer Been Kim will present her design praxis, which highlights the versatility of the humble hanji paper. She talks of her long period of collaboration with a paper master craftsman, Chun Ho Kim, and of her proposal for an alternative to leather goods in upcycling scraps of Jangpanji (the oiled laminate paper flooring used in traditional Korean houses) into desirable design products.

Delegates are welcome to attend both sessions.

Date: 11 April 2015
Time: 11.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 – 16.00
Venue: The Art Studio, V&A
Fee: Free (but delegates must book). Refreshments provided (not lunch)

hanji 1 photo © Been Kim

2013GP7744  Chun Kwang Young, Aggregation10-SE032RED, ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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