Today's postings

  1. [Baren 40951] FW: An invitation from Arts on Earth: Wood-block prints meet nano-art: Tuesday, 4/13, 5:10pm, Slusser ("Haines, Annette")
  2. [Baren 40952] exchange paper size (Eileen Corder)
  3. [Baren 40953] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V51 #5197 (Apr 6, 2010) (Marilynn Smith)
  4. [Baren 40954] Re: exchange paper size (Viza Arlington)
  5. [Baren 40955] Baren: re: paper size (Raymond Hudson)
  6. [Baren 40956] Exchange paper size Standards! (ArtfulCarol #
  7. [Baren 40957] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "Haines, Annette"
Date: Tue, 06 Apr 2010 14:58:38 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40951] FW: An invitation from Arts on Earth: Wood-block prints meet nano-art: Tuesday, 4/13, 5:10pm, Slusser
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Dear colleagues,

Arts on Earth is delighted to invite you to an exploration of the intersections
between the intricacies of traditional wood-block print-making and those
of the emerging medium of nano-art.

A&D Professor Endi Poskovic
and "nanobama" creator Anastasios John Hart
(Mechanical Engineering), with students Saree Silverman and Sarah Jones, discuss images and discoveries
from their ongoing collaboration.

Tuesday, April 13, 5:10 - 6:30 pm, Slusser Gallery. Light refreshments provided. We hope to see you there!

All good wishes,

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Message 2
From: Eileen Corder
Date: Tue, 06 Apr 2010 16:41:34 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40952] exchange paper size
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My two cents on paper size...

On the one hand, paper is expensive and because of that I have shied away
from the oban exchanges. It's a lot of paper and a lot of money.

On the other hand, paper size is the main standard of baren exchanges. It's
an aesthetic. Taking a 10x15 piece of paper as a playing field is different
from a 10x13 and certainly from a 10x10. Even though 10x15 is the same
relative proportion as 9x12, there is a difference in the tangible,
resulting piece of artwork.

The very fact that the sizes are stated in Japanese terms is cool. It keeps
a Japanese print tradition alive. Instead, of oban and chuban, how would it
be if baren switched to terms like big, medium and small?

I don't want to discourage anyone from participating in the exchanges. I
also don't want to see the standards weakened and perhaps eventually
forgotten. Oban is a great size for a map and 10x13 is not oban.

Thoughts for meditation.

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Message 3
From: Marilynn Smith
Date: Tue, 06 Apr 2010 18:28:56 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40953] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V51 #5197 (Apr 6, 2010)
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I agree with Julio on paper size. It is best to be as close to the
exact size as possible. Too big is definitely a head ache for
coordinators. Often our exchanges end up in local shows in locations
where one or more of the exchange members live. Also remember a copy
does go into the museum. With those considerations it is truly best
to conform as closely as possible. You really don't want to be the
stand out odd one in the group with an odd size. On the flip side of
this paper is costly. A little common sense says to me that if it is
off a little to get the most out of your paper, go for it. I think
most of us who have been around awhile have had situations where the
best use of paper is to make our prints a little smaller, not so much
that it looks odd, keeping it as close as possible. Actually, I think
this decision comes down to what the coordinator will accept. I have
not heard of a print being rejected for being smaller than the rest.

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Message 4
From: Viza Arlington
Date: Tue, 06 Apr 2010 19:08:28 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40954] Re: exchange paper size
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I do think size matters. You can still get 6 pieces out of your sheet for
the exchange and have a 10X11 piece to save for later. Or you could have 4
pieces for the exchange and an 11x40 piece to parcel out how ever you see
fit. i save the small pieces that are too small for a print to test colors
on. I am however almost always at least a little late getting my prints in
on time so I really can't say too much about rule breaking.
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Message 5
From: Raymond Hudson
Date: Tue, 06 Apr 2010 19:22:36 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40955] Baren: re: paper size
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When I coordinated an exchange (a GREAT!! experience!! seeing the
prints arrive one by one) Anyway, one participant sent his prints that
had the image all the way to the edge of the paper with instructions
to take a scissors to them to get them down to the correct size! I was
forced to fold an edge or two in order to fit the print into the
containers people had sent for returning their sets. Nightmare!

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Message 6
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Tue, 06 Apr 2010 20:20:51 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40956] Exchange paper size Standards!
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I strongly agree with Eileen.
You would expect me to say----Standard sizes! If not, what are standards
for?--and I do.
I don't remember any Baren exchange in the which standard sizes of the
paper were not upheld.
If 10x15 is not your most economical size, the remaining inches can be put
to good use for experiments with other standard sizes.
Carol Lyons
Irvington, NY

Digest Appendix

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

Subject: Mystique Series - More fun and games!
Posted by: Dave Bull

Well well well ... the best laid plans of mice and men ... Yes, it's time for Plan B! Or as they say, "Houston, we have a problem ..."

It's the case.

If you've watched the video of the recent exhibition, you saw me 'demonstrate' how the stand for the new series can be used in both a horizontal and vertical orientation.

Or so I thought.

Most of the prints are horizontal, and as the mats are sized to match the dimensions of the stand after it sinks into its deeper slot, everything works perfectly:

Here's the problem though - when you have a vertical print (I haven't made any yet, but if I just turn this one around, we see what happens ...) it - of course - no longer matches the stand.

It's too narrow at the sides, and too tall at the top.

[Long item has been trimmed at this point. The full blog entry can be viewed here]

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Subject: Airship and Kraken: Down to Business
Posted by: Ellen Shipley

Ok.  Time to get down to business.  Can't wait any longer for the new blocks to show up, so I'm going to recycle an older one.  I stained the back of one of my thicker blocks.  It's a little stained with ink from printing, but that won't hurt anything.  It's 8"x6", the size I was looking for.  I'll transfer the cartoon as soon as the wood stain dries.

BTW it's sitting on one of my handwoven mini-mats.


Ha, ha!  No sooner had I  posted the above than the UPS truck delivered my new blocks from McClains.  ;- j  A superfluidy of woodblocks.

Ok, here's the new block stained and ready to go.  I decided to go with a new one rather than the reverse of an old one.  Easier to store away when they're not "Ace Doubles."  ;->  Giving my age away with that comment.  ;- j

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