Japanese Paper for Art and Conservation
Megumi Mizumura

Three types of fibres, kozo, mitsumata and gampi, are well known in Japanese papermaking. Kozo (Broussonetia kajinoki Sieb./kozo paper mulberry) is a genus Broussonetia papyrifera plant of Moraceae family and is the material used for most of Japanese paper. Japanese paper is still used widely in daily life in Japan such as for stationery and sliding doors as well as for craft, fine art and paper conservation. There are many different types of Japanese paper with a great range of uses, even among paper made from kozo fibre. When you first lean about Japanese paper, you would not expect such variety. The author has carried out a literature research on Japanese papermaking and visited papermakers including those regarded as Japanese Living National Treasures. At this talk the author will explain the differences among the papermaking procedures required for each paper and characteristics of paper used for art, such as Mino paper, Misu paper, Uda paper, Hosho paper, and Najio paper.

Megumi Mizumura, Paper conservator, the British Museum

Megumi Mizumura is an accredited paper conservator, currently working at the British Museum as well as conducting educational papermaking and printmaking study trips to Japan and China. She received her B.A. in the Conservation from Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK and M.A. in the Conservation of Works of Art on Paper from Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK. After graduation, she worked in the fields of Western and Eastern paper conservation in UK, USA, Japan, Norway, Turkey and Vietnam, and she had a Mellon Fellowship at the Conservation Centre for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), Philadelphia, USA and she had a Kress Advanced Internship at the Northeast Document Conservation Centre (NEDCC), Andover, USA. She obtained deep knowledge of Asian paper and papermaking through her literature and field research and she shares her experience with conservators and artists through various talks and the site visits.