Demonstration: How to Mount a Japanese Hanging Scroll

Event - Sainsbury Institute - Shoe Factory, St Marys Plain, Norwich NR3 3AF

Thursday 18 July, 2024 - Friday 19 July, 2024

Thursday 18 July, 2024 14.00
Friday 19 July, 2024 14.00
Free to attend, no registration required.

An event in association with the exhibition Tanzaku by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in partnership with MORIS, Kobe Japan.

Showcasing the Art of Mounting

Hanging scrolls serve two main purposes. The first is the decoration of the artwork, and the second is its protection. The greatest appeal of hanging scrolls lies in their elegant and practical structure, which fulfils both roles. For display, they can be easily hung with a simple hook. For storage, they can be rolled up compactly, protecting them from air and insects, thus reducing the risk of damage. The mounting fabric can also be changed multiple times, allowing for enjoyment in coordinating different styles.

Though hanging scrolls appear thin and simple, they are in fact made by layering several sheets of Japanese paper. Despite this, they can be rolled up softly and flexibly without causing wrinkles or tension. This is due to the techniques honed by mounting specialists over a long history and the materials used.

This event will showcase one of the most important processes, “urauchi” (backing).

Demonstration Process

Process ①
If the paper is wrinkled, the backing process can still be successfully completed using just water and a brush.

Process ②
Rigid pieces like tanzaku can be effectively backed using the ‘Aihegi’ technique.

Process ③
Demonstrating the intricate technique of ‘Tsugi.’

Introduction of the Instructor

Oda Tamao is a hyōugushi (mounting specialist) creating and repairing hanging scrolls, folding screens, and other similar items. After training at a workshop in Kyoto, Oda became independent in 2019 and now runs Kōjudō in Sakai City, Osaka. Oda primarily handles Japanese paintings and calligraphy works, dealing with both old and new pieces.

This event is generously supported by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation.

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