Today's postings

  1. [Baren 40286] Ads and oops (Marilynn Smith)
  2. [Baren 40287] Missing Ads and Ops in New Digest now in Baren Archives (Gayle Wohlken)
  3. [Baren 40288] Re: interesting printmakers (aqua4tis #
  4. [Baren 40289] SSNW09 (Charles Morgan)
  5. [Baren 40290] for Coordinator of Typography Exchange (ArtfulCarol #
  6. [Baren 40291] Coordinator of Typography Exchange (Gayle Wohlken)
  7. [Baren 40292] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Marilynn Smith
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 14:17:41 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40286] Ads and oops
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Ads and oops. I got the ads and oops in the old format but not in the
HTML format. It is a great list of good things. Mary, you are doing
a great job.
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Message 2
From: Gayle Wohlken
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 15:09:45 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40287] Missing Ads and Ops in New Digest now in Baren Archives
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For those receiving the Baren Digest, I have put the Ads and Ops
listing in the archives, so if you deleted your "old digest" before
you got a chance to look just go to:

I'm not sure why the Ads and Ops isn't appearing in the New Digest
format. Maybe Dave Bull can explain.

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Message 3
From: aqua4tis #
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 16:37:52 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40288] Re: interesting printmakers
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any ideas as to how fiona hepburn achieves the 3d effect? it looks like the images were cut out and collaged back together. any thoughts?
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Message 4
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 20:03:07 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40289] SSNW09
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Hello everyone!!!

If you signed up for SSNW09, I sent you a quick reply to let you know I got your email. Sign-ups are now closed. I have just sent out by private email the "official notification" to each of the participants on my list for SSNW09. If you think you have signed up, but did NOT receive my "official notification" email, please get in touch with me right away.

By my count, we had 32 who signed up, and I would like to have an extra set of prints for the archives. So you should run an edition of 33 ... unless I have made a mistake and missed someone ... in which case, I will notify you shortly!

So, Happy Printing!!!

Cheers ........ Charles
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Message 5
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 20:22:14 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40290] for Coordinator of Typography Exchange
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I received a Mailer-Daemon when I tried to send this to the coordinators

Sorry to say I will have to drop out of the typography Exchange now, not
wanting to risk passing the Feb deadline
As I have said several times before, I feel that serious art organizations
adhere to deadlines.
Thank you for volunteering to be the organizer!
Happy Holidays to All and to All a good Print!
Carol Lyons
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Message 6
From: Gayle Wohlken
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2009 03:13:45 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40291] Coordinator of Typography Exchange
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> I received a Mailer-Daemon when I tried to send this to the
> coordinators

Carol, I thought we had that email address fixed on the Exchange page
for Exchange #43. I believe the person who did the work the web page
for Exchange #43 had accidentally overlooked that the address needed
updating, so what you got was the email address either for Exchange
#41 or #42, depending which link you used. So, it appears the address
is wrong in two places on that page. Has anyone else had this
problem? Did you write to the coordinator and your message bounced?
Actually, any of you who wants to write to the coordinator could just
manually change it in your email address window. The links as they
stand on the sign up page end up giving you one address that is: and another that is:

Just change either of them to:

When I did that, it worked for me, and my message went to Eileen just
fine. Meanwhile, I hope we can get this taken care of and the links
will be corrected.


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Postings made on [Baren] members' blogs
over the past 24 hours ...

Subject: Xmas Message
Posted by: Dave Bull

Back in December of 1997, the [Baren] printmakers' group which I had founded earlier that year was coming up to its first Christmas. The group was at that time still very small, only a few dozen members, and there was quite a congenial friendly feeling to all the discussions.

One evening I sat down to send out a holiday greeting to my friends in the group, and before I knew it, a visitor had dropped down the chimney. 12 years later, the message is still fun to read. Here it is, partnered with an illustration that my (then) Japanese coach - Takayoshi Sakazaki - created for it. (Or if you wish, you can listen to it, in .mp3 format.)

The Night Before a Printmaker's Christmas

'Twas the night before Xmas, and all through the shop
No printmaker was stirring, work was all at a stop;
The tools were hung up in their places with care,
The workbench was clean, on it nothing was there;
The gouges were nestled all snug in their rack,
Carved blocks were beside them, piled up in a stack;
The brushes on shelves, the chisels in a case,
The pigments in drawers, all was in place.
When up to my ears, there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Down to the workshop I ran on the floor,
Turned the key in the lock, and flung open the door.

The moon in the window threw light on the scene;
I rubbed my eyes wildly, was all this a dream?
For my tools were all jumping, from rack and from shelf,
They came running and dancing, each moving himself!
On the bench stood the baren; to my disbelief,
He called them around him, he must be the chief.
More rapid than lightning, the tools they all came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
"Now 'washi', now 'sumi', now 'nomi' and 'hake'!
On 'hangi', 'enogu', with 'nori' and 'take'!
To your place on the bench, from your place on the wall,
Get to work! Get to work! Get to work all!"

I stood in amazement as they all started working,
The scene was a bustle, not one tool was shirking.
The knives and the chisels cut lines in the block,
As the baren stood watching, one eye on the clock.
While the carvers were busy, the others . . .
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Subject: If you were my 'manager' : Part Four
Posted by: Dave Bull

Continued from [If you were my manager : Part Three] | Starting point of the series is [Part One]

So far in this little sequence of posts discussing some business aspects of my work, we've looked at some currency issues, and begun to think about the next project. I mentioned three factors that would be important considerations in making that decision:

  • my own satisfaction
  • customer satisfaction
  • economics

But before I get too deeply into trying to work out a future project based around those things, I want to try a little 'thought experiment'. If there were no such constraints in place; if I had a completely free hand to do whatever I wanted ... what would I do? What would I make?

Now that's actually not an easy question to answer. If you think about it for yourself (with respect to your own life and work), you will find that, although any of us can quickly come up with suggestions on this and that, it's by no means certain that such suggestions would actually make sense in the long term. The classic example of this is the guy who 'wins the lottery'. Sure, it's easy at first; quit your job, buy a big house, take the great vacation, etc. etc. But then what? Having unlimited resources doesn't help you, if you don't have some kind of motivation or structure to what you are doing.

If all my constraints were suddenly removed, and I became free to make (say) a project that wouldn't have been feasible because the result would have been too expensive, what happens next? I make the thing, it sits there. What do I do, give it away? What would it mean to have made it? Sure, maybe it would have been a technical achievement for Dave, but without the integration with society that has been stripped away by the 'magic wand' support from 'outside' ... so what?

I'm perhaps being clumsy in my attempt to express this idea. There was a Dilbert cartoon in my newspaper just the other day (very strange timing, actually) about this.

"It's not really art if no one likes it."

Now I don't believe that particular phrase is true, but the point Wally was making - the stuff this guy is producing must be of no value to society, as demonstrated by the fact that he can't make a . . .
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This item is taken from the blog Woodblock RoundTable.
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