Today's postings

  1. [Baren 42309] IPCNY and Printopolis and First International Mokuhanga Conference (April Vollmer)
  2. [Baren 42310] Woodcut novel (cjchapel #
  3. [Baren 42311] We meed a paper shipper person (Barbara Mason)
  4. [Baren 42312] Some really beautiful woodblock landscapes--work of J. Worsley (Andrew Stone)
  5. [Baren 42313] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: April Vollmer
Date: Sun, 07 Nov 2010 15:04:51 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42309] IPCNY and Printopolis and First International Mokuhanga Conference
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I had a lovely time at the International Print Center New York yesterday, it was an opportunity to meet many of the artists, and speak with collectors. has details about the show. I was surprised to find five mokuhanga pieces included. IPCNY will have a fundraiser benefit December 2 that I will also participate in.

I also wanted to give a short report on the great Printopolis conference in Toronto. is my album with photos of all the artwork and some photos of Elizabeth Forrest and my mokuhanga demonstrations at the Japanese Paper Place.

I also wanted to alert people to the First International Mokuhanga Conference, to be held June 7 to 11, 2011, since trips to Japan take a lot of planning! is the website. There will be presentations from around the world, including many Japanese mokuhanga experts. Details will be posted in early December. There is an open call for a mokuhanga exhibition as well.

This is Print Week in New York, so I went to the Armory Print Fair yesterday, and will go to the Editions Fair today, it is keeping me out of the studio, but it is inspiring to see so many great prints.

Best wishes to all,

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Message 2
From: cjchapel #
Date: Sun, 07 Nov 2010 16:48:25 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42310] Woodcut novel
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Interesting article.
C. Chapel

Addition to website November 4
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Message 3
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Mon, 08 Nov 2010 00:12:59 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42311] We meed a paper shipper person
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The Baren Mall needs someone to volunteer to store and ship the Iwano Paper.
Mary Kuster had done a great job of it for the last few years but needs to move
on to other things. I hear the deep woods are calling her and she if off to
travel in boots.

If anyone in the USA has space and time, we can use you! Let me know! It
involves keeping the paper in a safe place, usually 200 sheets at a time, and
sending it out a few sheets at at time when orders come in. So trips to the post
office are involved.
Thanks in advance!
My best,
Barbara, Mall Manager
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Message 4
From: Andrew Stone
Date: Mon, 08 Nov 2010 07:30:56 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42312] Some really beautiful woodblock landscapes--work of J. Worsley
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While surfing the net looking at other art sites I found this link to the work of this young artist.
She does pastels and woodblocks and there is a link to her picasa album that shows the multiple stages; Lots of layers, I think she's working reductively and gets an amazing luminosity and complexity to the colors with the overlapping and additive nature of layers.
Nice compositions and I really like the palette.

I especially like the waterfall print that has an A. Rackham, late 1800's feel to it and the landscapes of Palouse and some of her western work.



P.S. While not woodblock; I've recently finished a monoprint and drypoint prints--both in October and am reasonably happy with the outcomes. Can't wait to get back in the studio and start my next print! Time for something a little more edgy--and definitely moku hanga.

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Subject: My latest book is in the shops ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

... or to be more accurate, a book with a few illustrations of mine is now in the shops!

We're coming up to new year card time again, and here in Japan that's a big deal ... still. What isn't a big deal any more is the idea of a woodblock printed new year card, unfortunately, but that's progress!

Not so many years ago, quite literally hundreds of thousands of people each year would make their greeting card by woodblock, but that gradually eroded under the influence of more modern technologies. Going back a few decades, we saw the arrival of the 'Print Gocco', a kind of miniature silkscreen process, which swept the country to an astonishing degree. But that was completely blown away with the subsequent arrival of desktop colour printing, either inkjet or laser.

But the basic idea - sending a 'handmade' card to your acquaintances and friends - is still going strong. Decades ago, in the bookshops at about this time, you would have seen stacks of 'pattern books' filled with ideas for people to use for making their woodblock print cards. These days, such books are even more popular than ever, but nowadays they have no woodblock printing instructions, but come with a CD-R inside, along with directions on how to use the enclosed design clips to layout the cards on your computer, customize them, and print them out ready for mailing.

Here in early November, they are just getting started, and the local bookshop has a small display set up, with a couple of dozen different books/magazines:

I'm not exaggerating when I say a 'small' display. A month from now, when the 'panic' is setting in, these books will be stacked nearly as high as my shoulders ...

Anyway, looking closer at the display, we see this one:

And yes, I have a two-page spread inside:

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