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Workshop: Making Mini Spatulas with Bamboo and Teflon

From: Sunday 24.03.19
at 11:00am
To: Sunday 24.03.19
at 4:30pm
Morning Session: 11.00 - 13.30 - Afternoon Session: 14.00 - 16.30

Education Room, the John Rylands Library,150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH.


Icon members: £30 (plus booking fee)

Non-Icon members: £45 (plus booking fee)

We can welcome 17 participants in total (9 for morning session and 8 for afternoon session.)

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This half day workshop offers information, techniques and materials for participants to make their own mini bamboo and Teflon spatulas.

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Travel Bursaries

We are offering two travel bursaries for the workshop, up to £300 each, to cover the cost of travel and accommodation to enable attendance. See below for details of how to apply, the deadline for submission is on the 12th of February 2019.  



Following the great success of this workshop in 2017, we are glad to announce that it will be held in Manchester this year. 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.

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


Application for the workshop                                           

Booking is via Eventbrite only, secure your place for the morning session here or the afternoon session here.

Please email with the subject line ‘Travel Bursaries’ in order to put yourself forwards for this bursary. Submissions will be open for 2 weeks after advertising the event so everyone has a fair chance. In the email please include your Icon membership number and city of residence and workplace. The successful applicants will be chosen at random from the pool of applications.


Megumi Mizumura