While digital media and other technologies have led to a decrease in the use of paper, there remain significant items for which paper is indispensable or part of their history.
These items include prints, maps, books, photographs, among others – which make up a large portion of our cultural heritage. Because of paper’s fragility, these items face risk. The first step in caring for paper is understanding its qualities.
As part of its educational series on materials, the Lopez Memorial Museum will have speakers from the Forest Product Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) talk about paper. The Fundamentals of Materials: Paper will dwell on basic pulping and papermaking, recycling and testing of paper. The one-day seminar is on March 8, 2012 (Thursday) from 8:30 am-4pm. Fee is P1,000 which includes lunch and certificate.
Though technology has negatively affected the use of paper, it has also led to a variety of means of producing paper. The paper produced differs in quality and quantity. Paper quality poses a great challenge to artists, conservators, collectors, and printers. The seminar will give these publics a better understanding of the material they work with, display and store, collect and use.
The Lopez Memorial Museum is at the ground floor, Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. Museum days and hours are Mondays to Saturdays, except holidays, 8am-5pm. For details, call Fanny at 635-9545.