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Friday, June 1 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
41. (Book and Paper) Rising from the ashes : The conservation and treatment of paper support objects with large loss and burn

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Burn is not a common deterioration in the cultural relics of paper base. Burn may be from the process of material made or the bad collection environment, like the mounting or storage made by the bad materials. “Mazu” journal's first issue collects by National Museum of Taiwan Literature, has a large part loss and burn on the book cover and pages, there is over half of the book cover missing that the item is so weak and unstable. Since this object is one evident of special regime conversion in Taiwan, it’s very important in cultural change, the history of literature and book binding. Therefore, this paper will use present digital printing out technology to restore this important journal, and will make contribution for the condition and consider treatment of the burned object. “Mazu” is a Japanese journal published during the period which Japan colonial Taiwan. ”Mazu”, the name of journal, is the goddess of the sea from the Taiwan traditional belief, and the content of journals is the poems and novels all surrounded by this theme. The magazines are hand binding by the editor, Mitsuru Nishikawa, due to his personal hobby for beauty of the binding and limited book, and publishing for those who collect books. It’s also the first one literature magazine which is combined of literature with art and printing technology. The illustrations of book are the print works all about Taiwanese folk and religious themes, and the pages are Asia handmade paper, on the endpaper stick a sheet of “paper money”, which used to be in the ceremony of Taiwan's Traditional Belie. “Paper money” base is made of straw fiber, and d decorate with gold leaf and red prints, and is incensed with fire to sacrifice to gods in East Asian traditional belief which is meaning for communicate with god and pray for blessings. In this journal, paper money is meaning the decoration of book ticket. The deterioration of this book is serious that the burn, brittle and lose the full cover and pages. The paper supports are dark brown color, and the water stain, tide line on the paper outward diffused from the spine as the center. It’s easily broken and peeling off since burn and brittle when doing the treatment, and that makes it extremely difficult during all the conservation treatment with the choice of treatment materials also have many considerations. At the same time this paper also the basic scientific analysis for burn part of the paper, and compensation large missing by using Asia mounting lining technique with inkjet printing out technology to maintain the texture of the cultural relics and visual continuity.

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Su-Yuan Cheng

paper conservator, National Museum of Taiwan Literature
Su-Yuan Cheng as a paper conservator at the National Museum of Taiwan Literature. She received a MA degree in paper conservation from Tainan National University of the Art in 2014. She obtained training in National Library of Australia and Germanisches National museum. Since 2015... Read More →

Jen Jung Ku

Senior Paper Conservator, National Museum of Taiwan Literature
Jen Jung Ku received a MA in paper conservation from the Tainan National University of the Arts Tainan National University of the Arts (2010). She undertook advanced internships and additional training at the George Eastman House and Library and Archives Canada .She is presently senior... Read More →

Friday June 1, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
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