Lady with Tissue. A courtesan or Geisha Girl in other words, no need for further explanation. Here you can see the patient hours of work restoring a scroll. For a start they do not have a permanent place on the wall, but are displayed over time. During the time not on display they will be rolled and kept in a special box. Every part of the materials come from specialist makers. In Japan craft people are treasured for their particular skills. It is called Preservers of Important Intangible Cultural Properties. Somewhere on this blog I have photos of some, they are like museum items on display it is strange.
There are actual tissues that have to be removed from either side of the scroll, this is done with water, and new tissues attached by the same method. At the back of the scroll you will see tiny strips of paper holding the creases, each and everyone is removed and new ones replaced. This is not a small job. I have also written somewhere about the ten year glue, which is made over that period of time, and when the glue that you stir so religiously each year is made, it is then that you have moved from an apprenticeship to full time conservator. see links below.
There was so much I admired in Paul's neat nature but it all came from this attention to detail and working for long periods of time on old scrolls. My untidiness was a great weight for him to bear ;) but love always won through.
|the finished madam|
|still to be corrected, see the terrible creases.|
|removing the strips|
|And of course a specially tied neat scroll to go into its box from Japan|
Making Aged Paste link and another one
Tissue thin paintings link