Today's postings

  1. [Baren 43234] relief for relief, Inspired by Japan benefit (Barbara Mason)
  2. [Baren 43235] relief for relief, inspired by Japan benefit (Gayle Wohlken)
  3. [Baren 43236] Re: relief for relief, inspired by Japan benefit (Barbara Mason)
  4. [Baren 43237] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 19:08:00 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43234] relief for relief, Inspired by Japan benefit
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Hello Baren
The plans in Portland for showing and selling the benefit prints are firmed up, Aug 3-18 at Pacific Northwest College of Art Commons Gallery. I am working on getting the press releases out but need some images of cut and print.

Dave has created a wonderful online site with a shopping cart to sell the work.

Some info from Dave;

"Well somehow, somewhere, the body 'copy' has to be created ... and all I can see at the moment is asking the group to 'write' it together. Maybe ask them to send in their contributions (as well as their print images and descriptions, of course). I'll update the pages as I receive the input ...
Couple of other points:
- the shopping cart is actually 'live', even though the price structure isn't yet confirmed.
- the division into Portfolio A and B is at this point just random. "

So move around in the site and see where copy needs to be written, if you have things to add, email me and we will get this done.
As soon as the prints are on the site, we will send it out to the world and link it to Mercy Corps.
We are on a roll here, and the enthusiasm for the project is heart warming.
My best to you all
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Message 2
From: Gayle Wohlken
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 19:17:01 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43235] relief for relief, inspired by Japan benefit
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One question, Barbara and Dave. I notice all the placeholders show the forthcoming images in landscape orientation. Is this how we are to do our prints?

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Message 3
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 19:18:20 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43236] Re: relief for relief, inspired by Japan benefit
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I think Dave can turn them...this is a place holder only

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Subject: Little Studies
Posted by: Annie B


A lot of my work in the past couple of years has been very carving-driven, and thus very time-consuming. Sometimes I just want to do something simple and fast and loose, so last week I cut some simple little blocks with the idea that I would just play around with them and see what happens. I didn't have any small blocks, though, so I used a larger piece of shina that I had left over from another project and blocked out four 5" x 7"image areas. I transferred a simple sketch of a bottle onto two of the images and cut one negative and one positive. Then I cut a 5" x 7" area with no carving at all.

Yesterday I did the first group of experiments. I ended up using just two of the blocks, the plain one and the positive version of the bottle (the 2 on the left in the photo above. Here's what happened.

Two Blocks
This is a photo after the first two impressions. First I inked the plain block with blue, using a good deal of paste, and I used a cloth to wipe away ink to make the "clouds." Then I used a pale wash of sumi ink to begin to define the bottle shape.

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This item is taken from the blog woodblock dreams.
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Subject: Printing - Day 2
Posted by: Ellen Shipley

Less than satisfying second day of printing.  The one on the left is from yesterday, the one on the right is from today.  I suspect it's the sometimes unavoidable side effect of too-fine lines.  They swell after the block has been wet.  I often have to recarve finer lines and I think this is one of those occasions.

Also it's cooler today than yesterday and the ink texture may be affected by it.

So I'll be recarving some of the lines next.  The usual two steps forward, one step back.  ;-j

Recarving.  Powder helps to show contrast.

This item is taken from the blog Pressing-Issues.
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Subject: Senshafuda Project - final package design
Posted by: Dave Bull

Now that we're on the cusp of getting some actual prints made, I can no longer put off the job of getting the package design nailed down. I spent the morning with my desk covered with various permutations of the 'roll-up' design, made the decisions on layout and dimensions, and then designed a little jig to help with making them. At the small quantities involved with this project, there is no way that I can afford to have the paper die-cut, so it's going to be a do-it-yourself affair ...

Each sheet is printed (two sides) on my big Epson A3 laser, and is then ready for work. (images clickable)

The jig is simple - just a form in which the paper can be held while I score the folding lines. The problem comes that as the roll gets 'fatter', the jig has to account for the change in dimension. We'll handle that by using inserts of different widths. I'll start with a 15.5mm insert.

The paper is pushed into the jig snugly up against the insert, and then scored:

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This item is taken from the blog Mokuhankan Conversations.
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Subject: Carol Chapel's contribution from the Northwest USA
Posted by: Maria

Another block comes home! Here is Carol Chapel's addition to the City of the World, all the way from Corvallis, Oregon in Northwestern USA.
I am drawn to the insertion of bits of nature in the midst of a city. I have no idea where Carol's piece fits in. But the most enjoyable part of this process is watching the puzzle come alive when I finally insert all the pieces in place. Akin to assembling a "real" jig-saw puzzle, there is nothing but an empty shell to begin and, as the pieces come together, the design truly takes on a new meaning with each piece.

Upon assembly I feel like I'm rebirthing my wood-skeleton with new life, bit by bit. Really an awesome feeling.
These handsome feathered denizes will undoubtedly liven up whatever corner of the City they end up in. Thank you Carol for reminding us that the cities of the world are also host to a variety of neighbors from the "other" animal kingdom.
Contribution from Carol Chapel:
Pigeons in the City of the World

This item is taken from the blog MCPP Puzzle Prints.
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