Today's postings

  1. [Baren 40132] Re: woe is me; mold and the first split on the baren cover (Barbara Mason)
  2. [Baren 40133] mold on paper (Marilynn Smith)
  3. [Baren 40134] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V49 #5039 (Nov 19, 2009) (nancy osadchuk)
  4. [Baren 40135] Andrew's Mold Problem (Margot Rocklen)
  5. [Baren 40136] Re: woe is me; mold and the first split on the baren cover (Diana Moll)
  6. [Baren 40137] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 14:13:48 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40132] Re: woe is me; mold and the first split on the baren cover
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I agree, but I kept the one you helped me tie in Kansas city, it was a very inexpensive baren, and I lust after being able to do it again that tightly. The secret is having help to hold one side, it takes a lot more strength than I realized and know that is why my attempts were so very sad. It is a two person job unless you can use your foot to hold it down :~)
my best to all,
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Message 2
From: Marilynn Smith
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 16:35:37 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40133] mold on paper
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Only one added thing about mold on paper left sitting. Since I live in
two drastically different climates have experience in both the damp
pacific northwest and the drier climate in the Baja Sur. As far as
mold and how long one can leave paper, it definitely is affected by the
climate and humidity in the area where you live. Experience is the
best teacher, you will soon learn about this for your area of the
world. The freezer is an excellent choice and truly works well.

Marilynn on the road to Baja Sur, Mexico
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Message 3
From: nancy osadchuk
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 19:45:29 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40134] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V49 #5039 (Nov 19, 2009)
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Got my DVD today and can't wait to view it....Had to disconnect the computer, monitor,printer,  etc etc while having flooring installed.  So just have to find out if all is properly connected.  Thanks Dave

Nancy O
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Message 4
From: Margot Rocklen
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 21:56:03 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40135] Andrew's Mold Problem
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When I read about your mold problem, I had to laugh, even though it's not at all
funny when you're going through it. Just yesterday I received Dave Bull's
downloadable copy of his new book, and wrote to acknowledge receipt. I was so
exasperated at the time, that I included a long description of the mold problem
I was having, so similar to yours! His reply was to toss all prints (and these are
large), and from now on, freeze them when I think I won't be back in the studio for
a while. I had never heard of this. This is what I wrote him:

>Because it has taken me a long time to print, and my paper was damp for
>so long, it began to fox with little circles of gray, red, and blue
>mold. I used to use a few drops of alcohol in the wetting water for the
>chipboard encasing the prints, and if I got spots on the paper, I'd dab
>them with a q-tip & bleach/H20 solution. This worked so-so.Then a
>chemist friend gave me an antifungal liquid (toxic), and I used 2
>drops/gallon of water instead of the alcohol. That worked, but I was
>leery of the toxicity, and then I read that using methyl cellulose and
>distilled water instead of wheat or rice paste and tap water, would
>prohibit mold. With this print I tried just that, and got mold. In
>desperation, I am now drying out the prints, and will rewet my paper
>for the brief time (I hope) it takes to print the final block. I only
>hope the paper expands to the same size it was when originally
>wet...also, that the mold won't reawaken and completely take over!

The other aspect of this is that, for these prints I decided to experiment
w/ washi to find one or two I especially liked, so I ordered different
kinds of sized papers. The paper
that worked best, giving me clean, crisp edges and little bleed,
Nishinouchi (spelling?) was the first to mold. The second, Torinoko Light molded,
but the heavier weight did not until very late in the printing.
The paper that didn't mold and printed best, unfortunately, was Reeves
Lightweight, which I wanted to use only as proof paper. With my first
print in the set, I ordered other papers and none of them molded, but
then they didn't remain damp as long because I wasn't experimenting as much.

Good luck w/your next set of prints. I'll need the same.
Margot Rocklen
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Message 5
From: Diana Moll
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 22:17:23 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40136] Re: woe is me; mold and the first split on the baren cover
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Santa Cruz weather can be tricky......I have UV c Light wand if you
want to zap your paper with that, get rid the spores, wand is
supposed to kill 99% of molds.....

-Diana Moll (SC)

Digest Appendix

Postings made on [Baren] members' blogs
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Subject: The Freshly Cut Portfolio
Posted by: Andy English

I decided to make thirty portfolios of the engravings that I had decided to edition from the "Freshly Picked" project. This is called "Freshly Cut". Each portfolio is handmade with red spine cloth and tie ribbons and marbled paper covered boards with dark green card inserts to hold the engravings.

I made a template so that I couyld sign each engraving neatly. This involved cutting a window in a clear plastic folder. It worked well:

Each portfolio contains the ten engravings with the same edition number. The first set are all numbered 1/100 and so on.

I decided that the images should be prefaced by a title page that I would print letterpress in the small Albion. I composed the type:

After printing a proof, I used makeready to give a neat and even printing:

Soon, printed sheets were drying on the rack:

I rather enjoy bookbinding and making the portfolios was a pleasant change. Here is the finished item:

Inside, a card folder contained the engravings:

All spread out:


This item is taken from the blog Wood Engraver.
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Subject: Organic Narrative

The following was written as my statement for an upcoming show, Three in Context: Artspace Artists Asssociation Biennial Three Person Exhibiton featuring the work of Daniel Allegrucci, Valarie Jean Bailey, & Shaun Richards on view from November 21, 2009 ? January 9, 2010 at Artspace in Raleigh, NC.

?Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood??
?Carl Jung

?Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle.?
?George S. Patton

I?m fascinated by the ways people create and use stories in making sense of their lives. I?m especially interested in how these stories morph freely to meet the changing needs of those they serve. The result is often a disjointed hodgepodge of past and present symbols, characters and connections that might be perfectly functional to an insider, but quite bewildering to the uninitiated. For example, try explaining the grab bag of symbolism on US currency to someone who has never seen it. Nonetheless, it seems to work just fine for most Americans without explanation. From our own personal narratives to the grand mythologies of ancient civilizations, these stories are essential in providing context, order and direction in our lives.

People love stories and often consume them in the form of sport. Most sports seem to me thinly veiled dramas of struggle that are acted out to indulge our more base tendencies without being detrimental to society. As the actors execute the script (chasing whatever objective constrained by whatever rules) they and the invested spectator go for a wild emotional ride as the story unfolds. The fans? bloodlust and basic tribal nature are satisfied in a fairly benign way. This is true for Roman gladiators as much as for 8 year old kids in a local youth soccer game. All the triumphs, failures, displays of bravery or ineptitude are much more than parts of a game ? all these turns represent and reinforce our values and how we think the world works. This is why Babe Ruth stands next to George Washington in the pantheon of our national identity. I?m interested in imagery of knocked out or otherwise beleaguered fighters because I see in them a tragic . . .
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