Today's postings

  1. [Baren 41799] Re: Nature Printing (Charles Morgan)
  2. [Baren 41800] Re: Nature Printing ("Ellen Shipley")
  3. [Baren 41801] viscosity fish printing (Margot Rocklen)
  4. [Baren 41802] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2010 15:08:00 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41799] Re: Nature Printing
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Thanks for the plug, Maria. Some of my face prints are posted on my website:

Ink is applied directly to the face of the subject, and generally the print is
taken on thin Oriental paper.
Perhaps the hardest part is getting the subject's head through the press!!!!
(Just kidding about the press ...)

These are double relief prints ... printing the subject in relief, and the
relief of the subject when it is over ...

Face printing yields a perspective that one never sees in real life. For
example, when looking at someone face on, the eye appears to be an inch or more
wide. But when looking at a profile, the eye appears to be only a fraction of
that. In a profile face print, the eye appears as though being seen face on. You
are sort of unrolling the skin of the face to see it all at once.

Cheers ....... Charles
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Message 2
From: "Ellen Shipley"
Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2010 17:26:00 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41800] Re: Nature Printing
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Your face prints are fascinating, Charles. Yes, it does look as if you have peeled the face off the person in some cases. So detailed, like a fingerprint. Wonderfully expressive.

Looking at the rest of your site, I love your woodcut, Daydreamer.

Now I feel an urge to pull out my hand roller and play with it again. Or carve a chop. ;-] Love your site.

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Message 3
From: Margot Rocklen
Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2010 21:21:17 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41801] viscosity fish printing
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Excuse this entry for being "after-the-fact", but I just returned home from
summer vacation, and read people's comments about hand pulling fish prints. I
spent some time researching a now-deceased printmaker with whom I learned oil
base viscosity printing, Robert Cale. Previous to his premature death in 1991 at
sea in a fishing boat, he was a master fish printer/printmaker working out of
his studio in Stonington, CT. He had studied printmaking at RISD, and was a
member of a Portugese fishing family. He had access to all sorts of fish,
including octopi and squid, which he printed in wonderful color combinations,
altering the viscosity of his inks as the oiliness of the fish increased or
decreased during its decomposition. There was a detailed article about him, with
photos of the process, in the New York Times or the Hartford Courant magazine
section, in the late 1980's, but I can't seem to locate it online. He was a
quiet and gentle, very intense man, and I can picture him blotting the fish with
newspapers, and examining it closely, before rolling it up.

If anyone is able to locate the article online, please let me know.

Margot Rocklen

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

Posted by: Dean Clark

To all who have commented on my border crossing episode....I was aiming at one person who was unpleasant. In writing the blog, Susan and I had commented that normally we have a much harder time crossing back into the U.S.!

This time, the U.S. return crossing was lengthy, due to traffic, but the actual contact was almost non-existent. I don't believe that anyone was offended by my comments (except for Officer 13089 possibly), but if anyone was put off - I love Canada and Canadians. I even know all the words to Oh Canada (I'm a hockey fan after all) and have been in Canada several times for Canada Day on July 1. We were just put off by the incredible rudeness from one person, encountered so unexpectedly. After the fact, we both recalled a conversation with an Irish cab driver. When I commented that Ireland and the Irish were incredibly friendly, he responded, "It doesn't cost you anything to be friendly." Of course, he wasn't with the Immigration office either.

We had a great time at Japanese Paper Place, which is, by the way, a truly special place. We are indebted to Nancy, Peter and their wonderful staff for a great workshop and much, much more.

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Subject: Lansing Art Gallery Demonstration
Posted by: Linda Beeman

On Thursday, August 12 I demonstrated Japanese woodblock printmaking at Lansing Art Gallery during the lunch hour. A very hot and humid day in the 2 story front window made printing........interesting. A good crowd of people came and went with more watching from out on the sidewalk.
The demo was sponsored by Mid-Michigan MRI. Lansing Art Gallery is located at 113 S. Washington Square, one block from the Michigan State Capital.

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