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  1. [Baren 40104] Re: Calling on our Italian members ... (Annie Bissett)
  2. [Baren 40105] Re: Calling on our Italian members ... (Louise Cass)
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Message 1
From: Annie Bissett
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 13:44:11 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40104] Re: Calling on our Italian members ...
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Wow, the technique that Giovanni Berio invented is really
interesting. As Dave noted, the blocks seem to be small fragments
mounted onto a platform. Looking at the photos of his matrices, I
thought that some of the carved and mounted fragments looked like
linoleum. The platform itself appears to be particleboard or some
other such composite. Sure would save money on wood this way!

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Message 2
From: Louise Cass
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 15:44:27 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40105] Re: Calling on our Italian members ...
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None of the headings on Berios site took me to the photos of his
technique -where do you go?? The works are delightful tho' -so well
designed -with all the elaborate borders/ certainly looks
like multiple blocks would have to have been used...

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Subject: Giovanni Berio Ligustro - Printmaker, Italy
Posted by: Julio

Came across the website of this Italian printmaker who works under the pseudonym of Ligustro and was born in Imperia (Italy) in 1924. Since 1986 he has dedicated himself exclusively to the study of Japanese coloured woodblock printing and the Nishiki-e techniques in use during the Edo period, creating hand-prints on highly prized paper produced in Japan using traditional craft methods. He gives lectures and practical demonstration to bring this artistic technique and its fascinating history to the general public.

The main website is here:

Here is a link contributed by David Bull with more information and larger images: click here for more images . Right click to download pdf.

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Subject: Modeling the Hills
Posted by: Annie B


Back in the studio again today -- yay! I added some burnt umber here and there on the hills to give them some shape. Might have to do it again in some spots; we'll see as I deepen some of the other colors.

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Subject: Paleo-Horse Fly -- Faux Print
Posted by: Ellen Shipley

Faux print -- darkened mirror image scan of the block, to see how it's coming along. Not bad. A couple iritating chips that leap out at me. A little more work around the lower right wing.

Don't know if I'll carve out the black background or leave it as a frame.

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Subject: Interview with Printmaker Amie Roman
Posted by: Amie Roman

I was contacted by Larry Hewett, an art instructor at West Columbus High School in North Carolina, asking me for some information about printmaking with MDF, and then asking if I'd consider participating in an interview for his forum. Of course, I'm always happy to talk about printmaking, so here is the interview, which is posted on Art and Art Ed, a Ning social network set up by Larry for artists and art educators to communicate and share with each other.

Larry: Can you tell me something about your arts education in elementary and high school? What about college also?

Amie: My parents kept me entertained from a very early age by providing me with newsprint and crayons. I've kind of been hooked on art ever since. I enjoyed art throughout my schooling, although I wouldn't say I had great art instruction, especially not in high school. I didn't take art for my post-secondary degree; I have a B.Sc. (Hon.) in conservation biology. Most of what I learned was either self-taught, through my grandmother (Caro Woloshyn, an accomplished artist), and I took continuing education courses and workshops through the Federation of Canadian Artists, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, and a local printmaking studio, Dundarave Print Workshop, to expand my knowledge in specific areas, such as elements of design and composition, colour theory, and techniques (painting, printmaking, drawing, etc.)

Larry: Where do you get the inspiration for your prints? From photographs, from life experiences, etc.?

Amie: The inspiration for my work comes from my fascination of the world around us. My scientific background strongly influences my choices of subject matter. Nature and the artifacts of civilization are my subjects. The interaction and inter-relationship of our technological heritage with nature, the irony of the competition between nature and progress, and the sheer beauty and diversity of the natural world form the content of my current work. My imagery is realistic, but my focus is often abstracted through magnification or cropping to an almost unrecognizable result. I work almost entirely from photographs, because then I can get the detail that I wish to achieve, especially with mechanical subject matter.
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Subject: All Creatures Big & Small


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