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Subject: Keizaburo Matsuzaki printer - the Art of Utamaro
Posted by: Julio

Japanese woodblock printing 3 March 2010

In association with the exhibition Hymn to beauty: the art of Utamaro: printer Keizaburo Matsuzaki of Arakawa-ku, Tokyo creates reproductions of Utamaro's print designs over four days. The master printer has been featured many times on David Bull's website as he is one of David's friend & mentor.


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Subject: Real Artists Ship
Posted by: Dave Bull

So a few days ago we saw a photo of a few dozen boxes being readied for the Japan-based collectors, today it was the turn of the overseas people!

It took me most of the weekend to get these ready. The packages are pretty much the same as those for shipping within Japan, but with the addition of some corner reinforcements inside the box.

Where are they going? Most of them to the US - 47. Then 6 to the UK, 5 to Canada, 2 each to Holland and France, and one each to Australia, Spain and Belgium.

At the end of the previous post a couple of days ago I mentioned that it was going to be difficult to scrape the money together to pay the postage for these, but that situation has resolved. A couple of people made payment for some overdue invoices, somebody paid in advance for the next few prints, and one of the most supportive collectors in the US ordered a couple of other print sets, all helping to put things on the level for this month.

It feels so good to get these finally shipped. For most of this year so far, I have been neglecting the main tenet of anybody who makes a living by making things - if you don't ship, you're dead. That final print in the My Solitudes series was delayed more than a month through the combined tardiness of both myself and Ichikawa-san (the lady who did the book production for that series), and then of course getting the new series up and running took somewhat more time than I had anticipated, what with all the various issues that came up along the way.

So with a nearly three-month gap with nothing going out the door, of course things have become tight. But now that prints are finally moving, the next few months should be a time of gradually chewing through the thick stack of unpaid bills, and getting back to normal (whatever 'normal' is).

I'm still under very severe time pressure, and will be for a while yet. I have to print the second batch of this pair, which will take around a week, and immediately following that I have to select, carve, and print the second pair (#3 #4). That has to be done immediately because our family is having its annual get-together in June this year (the date . . .
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Subject: Fresh Print: Doonagore Castle
Posted by: Jeff Dean

I'm not sure why we are so fascinated by ruins. I mean, if you're so touched by the wonder of a once proud structure left to the whims of the elements, you'd be enthralled and captivated by our crumbling bungalow here in South Buffalo.

Alas, this castle, which stands strong near Doolin, Ireland, is not a ruin, having been purchased and rehabbed and made into a summer home for an American family, according to Wikipedia. I found the building by accident one day while researching something else. This round structure standing by the edge of the sea fed my dreams of going to the homeland (I'm about 1/10 Irish, but my liver is 90%). 

According to one source, the name of the castle means "fortress of the goats." Nothing against goats, but my wife prefers sheep, and so that's what we have. The studies for the sheep came from a small herd at Knox Farm Stet Park in East Aurora. I highly recomment stopping by before the state shuts it down.

The image is 6X4 inches, printed in seven colors from a single block of birch plywood. Edition of 6, printed in oil-based inks on cream-color cotton paper.

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