The Japanese Folding Screen: A Tutorial Video by Yoshiyuki Nishio

Overview from Director and Producer Yoshiyuki Nishio

These tutorial videos present the step by step procedures for the construction of Japanese folding screens or byōbu. In the traditional training of Japanese arts and crafts, apprentices learned by watching the “Master Craftsman” at work, often without any verbal explanation. Intense visual observation without interruption was needed for concentration and learning, using visual cues to remember the process. This video is designed so that you can observe with narration, or watch without audio so that you can observe the intricate details and focus on the movement of the craftsman. These techniques were developed over hundreds of years in Japan, and keeping a visual recording of this ancient craft is important for historical and educational purposes. It is my hope that this video can be used as a tool to learn Japanese byōbu folding screen construction and to adapt some of these techniques to other fields of fine art conservation.

Format

Please note that the content has been divided into sections by process. The total length of the videos is more than 135 minutes. Some video sections are less than 1 minute in length; video #15, on hinges, is approximately 26 minutes in length; video #25 is more than 15 minutes in length. The PDF glossary found at the bottom of the components list will be helpful in understanding the terms and measurements used.

Acknowledgements

Conservators: Kyoichi Itoh, Keiko Takai, Kentaro Tominaga and Sukesaku Wakiya
Director and Producer: Yoshiyuki Nishio
Narrator: Richie Sheehan

This research has been supported by a grant from the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation, funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

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1. Introduction
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2. Arrival of Japanese Folding Screen and Handling
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3. Conditions of Painting
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4. Dismantle of Frames and Paintings
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5. Removal of Old Lining and Application of New Lining
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6. Making Byobu Screen: Making Undercore Lattice
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7. Japanese Handmade Paper
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8. Preparation – Cutting Paper 90 Degree at Corners
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9 Preparation for Hone-shibari
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10. Hone-shibari, 1st and 2nd Layers
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11. Preparation of Mino-kake
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12. Mino-kake, 3rd-5th Layers
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13. Mino-shibari, BindingMino-kake
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14. Cutting off Wooden Feet and Shaving Edges
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15. Making Paper Hinges
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16. Fukuro-bari, 1st and 2nd Layers
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17. Installation of Decorative Paper (Technique A)
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18. Installation of Decorative Paper (Technique B)
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19. Installation of Paintings (Technique A)
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20. Installation of Paintings (Technique B)
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21. Lining Silk Brocade for Borders (Technique A)
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22. Installation of Brocade Borders (Pine and Cranes)
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23 Lining Silk Brocade for Borders (Technique B)
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24. Preparation of Brocades
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25. Installation of Brocade Borders (Imperial Procession)
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26. Inpainting
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27. Installation of Frame and Metal Ornaments
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28. Completion “Pine and Cranes”
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29. Completion “Imperial Procession” and End Credit
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Glossary
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