Today's postings

  1. [Baren 41996] RE: New Baren Digest (HTML) V52 #5377 2011 Print Exchange 9/11 (Guadalupe Victorica)
  2. [Baren 41997] 9/11 Memorial Project (Gayle Wohlken)
  3. [Baren 41998] styrene printing (Lee Churchill)
  4. [Baren 41999] Re: styrene printing (Darrell Madis)
  5. [Baren 42000] Lettter about 911 Portfolio (ArtfulCarol #
  6. [Baren 42001] Re: 2011 Print Exchange ("Ellen Shipley")
  7. [Baren 42002] Re: styrene printing (Diane Cutter)
  8. [Baren 42003] Re: 911 (Plannedscapes #
  9. [Baren 42004] Re: 911 (aqua4tis #
  10. [Baren 42005] Re: 911 (Carol Montgomery)
  11. [Baren 42006] Upcoming Exchange 47 and more... (Kristine Alder)
  12. [Baren 42007] IMHC 2011 and kite making (Linda Beeman)
  13. [Baren 42008] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Guadalupe Victorica
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 14:13:08 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41996] RE: New Baren Digest (HTML) V52 #5377 2011 Print Exchange 9/11
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I would like to participate also in thsi print exchange . I think is a brilliant idea Julio and I like the idea of "Survivors".
Saludos, Guadalupe
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Message 2
From: Gayle Wohlken
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 14:16:26 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41997] 9/11 Memorial Project
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Julio, I like the idea of a book.

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Message 3
From: Lee Churchill
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 14:44:03 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41998] styrene printing
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Hi All,
I'm hoping to talk to Diane Cutter - I tried sending a message via her website/blog but her last post was in May.
Diane if you are out there I'd like to chat with you about your styrene prints from 2006 please!
Or if anyone knows of a way to contact her I'd much appreciate it.
Lee Oldford Churchill
Ladybugpaper Studio
6, 2132-35 Ave SW
Calgary, AB
T2T 2E3

"...if we [Craftspeople] are about anything, what we are about is embodied engagement with material things, the cultivation of focused attention, the ability to be present now in this place, at this time, responding to these conditions, coming through to us in all our senses."
- Prof. Ewan Clayton

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Message 4
From: Darrell Madis
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 14:47:20 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41999] Re: styrene printing
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She sent a message on Baren this morning. -- cutter studio at yahoo dot com

Madis Arts
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Message 5
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 14:51:19 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42000] Letter about 911 Portfolio
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I have a heartfelt letter from the Curator Roberta Waddell about our 911
woodblock prints which she acquired in '02
I would be happy to type and send the letter in the body of an e-mail.
(My scanner isn't working; a big problem)
Roberta Waddell has retired from the New York Public Library.
This says it all:

>Subj: Firemen's Art Benefit: The Prints
>Date: 9/15/02
>Dear Carol,
>I've been sitting in the very quiet Study Room an a very quiet building
>(the Library is wonderful, too, on a Sunday, while the building is closed ),
>studying the woodblock prints, which pay tribute to the New York Firemen.
>The prints represent very personal, heartfelt and moving testaments, and I
>am grateful to all the participating artists, who have given eloquent shape
>to our communal sorrow and to our eternal gratitude to those heroes of 9/11.
>I would be honored to have the "New York Firemen" portfolio in the Print
>Collection of The New York Public Library. I would appreciate receiving
>information on the artists, so that we can properly catalogue the prints and add
>the artists' resumes (and any other reviews, etc) to our artist files.
>There is something particularly wonderful about a group of artists, who
>have only met on the internet, exploring the earliest of printmaking
>processes, the relief print, and using that medium , as it has served from the
>beginning, to share thoughts, feelings, and points of view with a wide
>audience. And now we have that newest of tools, the web, to expand that audience
>even further. The Barenforum website is a wonderful resource, which also
>serves as an important record of the Firemen's Art Benefit. But nothing can
>capture the impact of the actual prints like studying them in person,
>letting them drive home their individual messages communicated by ink on paper.
>I am truly grateful to you for sharing with me this moving project and
>making it possible for these prints to be part of the Print Collection of The
>New York Public Library.
>Roberta Waddell
>Curator of Prints.
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Message 6
From: "Ellen Shipley"
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 17:01:33 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42001] Re: 2011 Print Exchange
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I'm definitely interested.

Ellen Shipley
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Message 7
From: Diane Cutter
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 17:06:02 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42002] Re: styrene printing
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Hi, Lee...

Sorry not to respond to the website query. It had gotten dumped in my spam
folder and I just found it after reading this on Baren.

Regarding the styrene printing, I'm assuming you are referring to the styrofoam
plates. I was 'gifted' a bunch of them that are 'artist quality' but you can
also use the bottoms of butcher trays (if they use those in Canada). If using
recycled trays or such there are often bumps and numbers/letters so you need to
make sure your image will fit on the smooth part.

Basically it's a white line type of printmaking. Take a ball point pen (or
anything that scores into the plate) and draw your image. Once the image is
drawn in, make sure you have made the lines deep enough. Experimenting with
depth of groove can result in some interesting thick vs. thin lines.

When I did that orchid series, I used Akua-Kolor inks, brushed them on the areas
and then carefully used a roller to eliminate most of the brushstroke marks. On
a few I just rolled on ink haphazardly.

Printing up you need to hand-rub either with a Baren or spoon or hand. I would
advise a thin paper. I remember using a Japanese paper (from Baren) but don't
remember which and don't seem to have a record of it any more.

I've also seen artists use them in a jig-saw manner, inking the different areas
separately, then assembling them with tape on the underside, and printing them

Hmmm... I can't think of anything else, so ask another question and I'll be
happy to answer. Since it's related to relief printmaking and others have read
this, we may as well continue the dialog here.

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Message 8
From: Plannedscapes #
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 19:07:26 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42003] Re: 911
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_Zakaria: Why America Overreacted to 9/11 - Newsweek_

I mean no disrespect, but my reaction to a block print on the topic is
"Enough already." It will not generate any sort of useful revenue for any
purpose, it has been done to the excess, and there are more optimistic future
looking things we can dedicate our artistic time and talents to. There are
even some tangential issues we could tackle, such as constitutional
freedom of religion, welcoming and learning about diversity, ending prejudices so
that certain groups of our citizens do not have to live in fear of being
attacked for their religion or the country of origin of the ancestors.
There is enough sorrow, enough misplaced grudges, and enough 9/11 art so that I
think we can figure out something else more productive and forward looking
to work on.
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Message 9
From: aqua4tis #
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 19:30:11 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42004] Re: 911
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i agree with you about endng grudges etc. and thats what i intend to focus on in this project. just because its dealing with 911, 10 years later, doesnt mean that we are dwelling in the past or holding grudges. we need to speak about religious freedom, and ending prejudices and hate.
personallty i suspect that was what was intended in the first place
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Message 10
From: Carol Montgomery
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 22:29:58 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42005] Re: 911
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I agree!

Sent from my iPad
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Message 11
From: Kristine Alder
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 22:37:05 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42006] Upcoming Exchange 47 and more...
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WOW! Where does the time go? We are just about ready for sign ups for a new exchange, #47. ***Sign-ups will open up on October 1st. The delivery deadline will be February 1st, 2011. *** The paper size will be hosoban (13" x 6" / 33 cm x 15 cm).
We had it on our schedule to do a technique specific, all Moku Hanga, exchange with no theme. I would like your feedback on this. Would you be ready to support an all Moku Hanga exchange? I will take your comments for a week, at which time responses will be tallied and an announcement will be made regarding technique.

Thanks goes out to all participants in the Exchange 45 portfolio. We may have ended up small in number, but the quality of the artwork was very strong. And now, thanks to Maria, you can view the galleries of nearly every exchange! Thanks again, Maria, for all of your hard work getting this caught up.

Just a reminder to those participating in Exchange 46:
Your delivery date is on or before November 1st. If you are not going to be able to fulfill your committment to this exchange, you have until October 1st to notify your coordinator, Diane Cutter, that you need to drop out. That will make it so that Diane can call up someone from the wait list to fill your spot. Late drop outs are inconsiderate and unprofessional. It creates holes in the exchange that may not be filled, resulting in the portfolio being incomplete.
Any drop-outs after October 1st will be hit with penalties prohibiting their participation in upcoming exchanges.

Let's hear your thoughts about Exchange 47!

Kristine Alder
Baren Exchange Manager

St. George, UT

Art Educator/Printmaker/Book Artist/Graphic Design


"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it,
but that it is too low and we reach it." --Michelangelo
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Message 12
From: Linda Beeman
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2010 11:01:04 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42007] IMHC 2011 and kite making
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I don't know if anyone is planning on going to the 1st International Moku Hanga Conference next June in Kyoto or not.  I know I am!  I'm hoping to meet so many of you and learn more about this art that I love.  Check out the site:

Also the Drachen Foundation is asking for submissions for a Moku Hanga Kite Exhibit.
Here's some of the info but check their site for all of it.

Take flight with the Drachen Foundation and explore the tradition of
Japanese woodblock printing and kite making. For many decades the
Japanese tradition of woodblock printing was used in making multiple
sails for kites.

We would love to have a contemporary collaboration of woodblock prints and kites at two upcoming events in Kyoto, Japan:
The 3rd Annual Kyoto International Woodprint Association (KIWA) Exhibition, March 29-April 3, 2011
The 1st Annual Moku Hanga Conference, June 7-13, 2011

USA Exhibition sites:
Cullom Gallery, Seattle, date TBD
Mighty Tieton Arts, Tieton, WA, date TBD
I think this sounds very fun!

Linda Beeman

Digest Appendix

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

Subject: Many updates to the Urushibara website ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

The website for Yoshijiro Urushibara was been open for just around a week, and there have been many additions to the prints on display there since then.

I have added a new page on 'Creatures' to showcase many of his animal designs, including his famous storks and horses.

And there is a very interesting series of three prints of Notre Dame, where he used the same blocks (with small changes) to alter the time of day and mood ...

Dozens more still to come ...

This item is taken from the blog Woodblock RoundTable.
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Subject: Willow Bloom, the latest moku-hanga creation
Posted by: Maria

About a month ago, our desert garden decided to reward us with some color. This "desert garden" used to be referred to as "the back-40". When we first moved in we gracefully called it "raw desert" and it was near five years before we got around to planting some desert hardy plants, shrubs and trees.

Fast forward another five years of planting, moving, about a mile of drip irrigation trenching, pipe, hoses and drip heads...and VOILA! A beautiful desert garden with flowering trees, sage, and other assorted Mojave native and Mojave hardy plants.

The willows, my first tribute to the garden, bloom all summer and recently in early fall. Here is my tiny willow bloom:
Mojave Willow 2010 Copyright Maria Arango
? And the blocks that went into making of the willow bloom, sans words:

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This item is taken from the blog 1000 Woodcuts Updates.
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Subject: Call of the Sea(gull)
Posted by: Sue

I've been busy with the block as you can see. I've added some more gouache sketching in white to guide me, as pencil and carbon paper marks rub away quite easily. My efforts have been concentrated on the figure and boathouse apron area. Below is a detail.
You can see my friend the seagull is calling.  The dog tries to will him down from the roof. Is the human figure an old sea dog? He looks a bit stern, as if the little boats aren't tidy and ship-shape enough for him.

You can tell I'm enjoying this, can't you?

This item is taken from the blog Studio Window.
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Subject: Luddite Book at GOMA and Canvas Print

This item is taken from the blog Against the grain.
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