Today's postings

  1. [Baren 43346] Re: Baren teaching materials and my 1st real studio (Oldfield Press)
  2. [Baren 43347] "Inspired by Japan" Relief prints for relief (Barbara Mason)
  3. [Baren 43348] RE: "Inspired by Japan" Relief prints for relief (jennifer kelly)
  4. [Baren 43349] Re: Baren teaching materials and my 1st real studio (Graham Scholes)
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Message 1
From: Oldfield Press
Date: Sat, 14 May 2011 14:08:33 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43346] Re: Baren teaching materials and my 1st real studio
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Hi Eli,

I have just updated my blog to include a class I did with the Womens Institute in Baildon, Yorkshire, UK. Time really does fly when doing this kind of thing so I found it best to keep it simple.
I have a local hardware shop that sells carving and cutting tools which work great by a company called 'Draper'. I am sure that is the name. They are about 6 (pounds) for a full set of gouges inc 2 sizes of 'U' gouge and 2 sizes of 'V' gouge aswell as the other tools.
I have found lino to be quite expensive too as it is usually only in the craft shops and sold at top prices. This is why I use MDF (medium density fibreboard) Cheap as chips and works well. I use a proofing press and found that 2 sheets of 12mm one on top of the other brings the image up to type height.
I have looked at taking the set up into schools and working with younger folk but the first thing we have to do here is a safety assesment and as soon as you say school kid with cutting tools alarm bells ring. You have to think of everything that could go wrong and write it into the assesment ot show how you will avoid accidents. Even as far as saying don't eat the founts or put your hand under the press when taking an impression.
All this red tape can get in the way but I am sure a small class would help cut down the risk.
Well I will watch this email closely too as I am sure there is a load of stuff to learn and inspiration to be had. Here is the blog and good luck,

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Message 2
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sat, 14 May 2011 14:12:11 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43347] "Inspired by Japan" Relief prints for relief
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The first package of prints is here! Gillian, you get the prize...or at least a
big hug
The portfolios have also arrived so things are moving along.
Carol Lyons has a possible venue in NY to show the work and one is confirmed
here in Portland Oregon....
The online site is starting to fill as folks send me their imagery.
I think this is going to be a successful fundraiser! Mercy Corps send me a site
with many photos so I can do some type of montage and Baren member Erin Nolan is
composing the brochure.
It is amazing what can happen when a group of people decide to make a
I have my blocks done and will be proofing soon. We are on a roll here!
Thanks to everyone who is helping.
My very best to you all
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Message 3
From: jennifer kelly
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 04:18:59 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43348] RE: "Inspired by Japan" Relief prints for relief
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Sounds great. Where can they be viewed. I personally have just finished carving. Thank god its not a race.
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Message 4
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 04:23:49 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43349] Re: Baren teaching materials and my 1st real studio
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All good advice from Barbara....
I you go to my web site there are some worthy suggestions and idea for people to look at and use.
Woodblock Printmaking DVD Video Instructions
Sharpen Tools
Sharpen V Gouge
Tie Baren
Ink Brush
This last site has this 10 minute movie which is somewhat helpful to the beginner.
The full length movie is considered the definitive instructional DVD on the art of Moku Hanga.
For tools for the beginner I heartily recommend this set of tools..... Japanese Detail Carving Tools - Lee Valley Tools
which are inexpensive but good quality.
For Brushes I suggest the Sosaku Brush 60mm and 75mm from the Baren Mall.
The student can make there own binder.... I like corn starch as it is less fussy than finding gluten free rice flour.

Nice having a studio away from the house....


> From: Barbara Mason
> Eli,
> I think you can use anything you wish from the Baren Encyclopedia and I would use the one point lessons, they are very good.
> Also you can probably use the images from the exchanges for your powerpoint.
> Dave has a great CD and download for very little money and I think Graham Scholes also has a video.
> I have a history I wrote for young people a few years ago that I will forward to you, it is a condensed version of the long ones that are in the encyclopedia and geared down a bit.
> The really critical thing with young people is to have them use the rubber shelf liner to carve on and to keep both hands on the tool, impossible to cut yourself that way. I have worked with kids as young as 5th grade, any younger and they do not have the motor skills needed to carve wood. When I teach woodblock, I try to do one day classes a week apart, so they carve the first day and have the week to finish and then we print the second day. The more sessions you can get them to come to the easier it is, this is hard to learn in a weekend! I visited Maria in Las Vegas a week ago and saw the actual "Baren Bonnet". It was amazing and works well, I am looking forward to trying to make one! congrats on the studio!
> My best
> Barbara