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Making Mini Spatulas with Bamboo and Teflon

Icon Book and Paper Group

From: Saturday 12.08.17
at 9:30am
To: Saturday 12.08.17
at 4:30pm

The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU​

Event description: 


This half day workshop offers information, techniques and materials for participants to make their own mini bamboo and Teflon spatulas. Mini spatulas are one of the most useful tools for paper and book conservators, aiding a variety of tasks such as scoring paper for a feathered edge, lifting an object, delaminating boards and so on. Megumi will introduce various standard shapes of spatula that can be used for different purposes, and participants will be shown how to craft bespoke tools to suit their own requirements. There will be time to complete at least one spatula during the workshop and attendees will also be able to take materials away with them to make further spatulas in their own time.
Materials including bamboo and Teflon sticks and a range of sandpapers will be provided, however participants must bring their own Stanley knife (or equivalent) and scalpel. You may also wish to bring cotton work gloves.

About the instructor

Megumi Mizumura is a paper conservator in the Western Pictorial Art section of the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research at the British Museum in London. After receiving her BA in Conservation from Camberwell College of Arts and her MA in Conservation of Fine Art from Northumbria University, she worked in Asian painting conservation and completed Kress and Mellon Fellowships in paper conservation in the USA. She has worked on Western, Asian and Middle Eastern objects using her knowledge and skills in both Western and Asian paper conservation. During a career of more than twenty years, she has carried out research on papermaking in China, Japan and the Middle East; given talks; and conducted tours to papermaking mills in Japan and China.

Practical information

Each session is limited to 9 participants.
● Icon members: £30 (plus booking fee)
● Non-Icon members: £45 (plus booking fee)

Please note that refreshments are not provided as part of this workshop, however attendees will be able to use the onsite cafe.

Booking is via Eventbrite only, secure your place for the MORNING SESSION 9.30 - 12.30 here or the AFTERNOON SESSION 13.30 - 16.30 here.