Today's postings

  1. [Baren 43327] learning mokuhanga in Tokyo (April Vollmer)
  2. [Baren 43328] Sensibility (Carole Dwinell)
  3. [Baren 43329] Morality, Pain, and Pretty Ideas (Eileen Corder)
  4. [Baren 43330] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: April Vollmer
Date: Fri, 06 May 2011 14:58:19 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43327] learning mokuhanga in Tokyo
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In response to Annie Bisset: The best university in Tokyo to learn mokuhanga (ukiyo-e technique) with waterbase color is Tokyo Gedai, this is probably the only university in Tokyo that teaches it. Seiichiro Miida teaches it there, replacing Tetsuya Noda after he retired. While Tama has an excellent printmaking program, including etching and lithography, the teacher at Tama does very nice wood engraving, but not so much waterbase.

Kyoto Seika has a program started by Kurosaki, maybe there are others in Kyoto.

This information is from my friend Tomiyuki Sakuta, a printmaker visiting from Tokyo.

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Message 2
From: Carole Dwinell
Date: Fri, 06 May 2011 15:06:58 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43328] Sensibility
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A question for those knowledgeable. My image for the relief effort is
a great blue heron. I used Google to look up any connection and came
up with a reference to a myth/folk story about a man saving a heron,
who returns secretly as a beautiful woman who cares for him ... with
rules ... which he, of course, breaks. It is a story about connection
though, so I thought the image (called "great blue heron rising")
would be alright. Any comments?

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Message 3
From: Eileen Corder
Date: Fri, 06 May 2011 16:17:54 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43329] Morality, Pain, and Pretty Ideas
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Andrew, Oscar and All,

Thanks for bringing up your concerns about this emotionally charged project.
First, this project is not the designing of a public memorial. These prints
represent individual emotional responses to a tragedy from which few of us
will be seriously scarred. We really speak to our "own" sense of tragedy. It
is a very sensitive subject but most of us just weren't there. This is not
to say we shouldn't be mindful of others' feelings.

My worry is the morality of appropriating someone's pain and loss for a
pretty image. That worries me very much!

All that said, here is a wonderful poem by Rumi:

These spiritual window-shoppers,
who idly ask, "How much is that?"
"Oh, I was just looking."
They handle a hundred items and put them down,
shadows with no capital.

What is spent is love and two eyes wet with weeping.
But these walk into a shop,
and their whole lives pass suddenly in that moment,
in that shop.

"Where did you go?" "Nowhere."
"What did you have to eat?" "Nothing much."

Even if you don't know what you want,
buy something, to be part of the exchanging flow.

Start a huge, foolish project,
like Noah.

It makes absolutely no difference
what people think of you.


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Subject: The Painter's Keys
Posted by: Ellen Shipley

A pleasant surprise.  8-]

I occasionally read an artist's blog, The Painter's Keys, by Robert Genn. I popped in the other day and discovered him talking about "unschooling," the concept developed by John Holt, an educational philosopher. My friend Kim introduced us to his newsletter and we became aficionados. So I fired off a comment to the blog and lo and behold, I'm the first of the accompanying comments. With a pic of my latest woodcut! I'm jazzed.
The unschooling of art

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Subject: 16th Space International Print Biennial, Seoul

Explosion 16 BYPGG was recently selected for exhibition at the 16th Space International Print Biennial at OCI Museum of Art in Seoul, Korea.

This item is taken from the blog The Block.
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