Today marked the beginning of an important week for Jennifer Loubser. She is able to introduce our conservation mentor Ephraim (Eddie) Jose to the Australian conservation community.

Eddie is presenting a workshop on Japanese drying board, called Karibari, organised by Jennifer in her quality of conservator for the Queensland State Library. Eddie is a worldrenowned expert on the conservation of East Asian paintings and he became the first non-Japanese person to be certified by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affair to conserve Japanese national treasures.

Art Conservators from State Library of Queensland, Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Museum, Queensland State Archives, National Archives Sydney, National Gallery of Australia, and Melbourne, together with Eddie Jose and one of our completed karibari drying boards

In Honolulu, Jennifer has collaborated with Eddie on a project to teach Bhutanese Buddhist monks to conserve their sacred thangka painting. They conserved 60 thangka paintings for the Dragon’s Gift exhibition. These amazing works have been immortalized in a documentary film, called 1000 Hands of the Guru: Saving Bhutan’s Sacred Arts, which will be screening at the State library Thursday 29th November 2018.

If you wish more information please visit the State Library blogs page, where Jennifer contributed as a guest Blogger: Welcome Ephraim Jose, Art Conservator and 2018 Mittelheuser scholar in residence.

If you wish to read more on the latest update on the restoration, visit The gift that keeps on giving: Generous progress since a karibari board workshop.

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