The Institute of Conservation (Icon), London, has recently published the proceedings from the International Conference “Adapt & Evolve 2015: East Asian Materials and Techniques in Western Conservation” , organised by the Icon Book & Paper Group and which was held in London on 8-10 April 2015. The conference may be seen as a landmark in the history of exchange between conservators of East and West.
This collection of papers further expands upon the conference’s theme of reflection and development. The history of the exchange of ideas, materials and techniques between East and West is examined, considering the mutual benefit that has been, and continues to be, derived from such collaborations. Case studies and scientific analyses examine the history and working properties of various East Asian papers and adhesives and evaluate their use to treat both Western and Eastern cultural artefacts. Particular East Asian techniques are examined and their applicability to Western conservation practice is considered.
Weighing it a 181 pages, the proceedings comprise 16 papers from a range of academics and experts and will make a substantial contribution to the subject.
Proceedings of “Adapt & Evolve 2015: East Asian Materials and Techniques in Western Conservation” are available for free download at https://icon.org.uk/adapt-evolve-2015-east-asian-materials-and-techniques-in-western-conservation