Today's postings

  1. [Baren 43621] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V55 #5658 (Jun 25, 2011) ("Frank Trueba")
  2. [Baren 43622] Re: Paper (ArtfulCarol #
  3. [Baren 43623] Sample Packet (Carole Dwinell)
  4. [Baren 43624] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "Frank Trueba"
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2011 13:03:11 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43621] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V55 #5658 (Jun 25, 2011)
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Message 2
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2011 14:09:36 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43622] Re: Paper
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Thank you! Excellent idea.
I would need just one sample pack printing each of the papers with the
one print method I use --woodcut water based hanga.
Carol Lyons

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Message 3
From: Carole Dwinell
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2011 15:10:08 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43623] Sample Packet
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I would definitely be willing to purchase a sample packet.

"Today is the day to DO it!"

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Subject: Follow the trail ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

Something a little bit different this evening ...

No, it's not my latest reproduction project; this is simply a page from a late Edo novel, illustrated by the famous Kunisada. I was scanning the book this evening, putting a number of the pages into the Mokuhankan catalogue (part of a 'Partner Shop' venture with Ueda Shingo), and thought that RoundTable readers might like a bit of a break from the usual things appearing on this blog.

The page is completely typical of novels from that era - crammed wall to wall with illustration and text, all jumbled together. The puzzle for you: can you trace the 'thread' of just where the reader should go, as he works his way across the page?

(entry continues here ...)

This item is taken from the blog Woodblock RoundTable.
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Subject: Senshafuda - Summer 2011 : Let's get going!
Posted by: Dave Bull

There is so much going on here just now, I don't know where to start with the updates ... Anyway, let's get this one done first!

Given that I want the Senshafuda prints to be published on a 3-month schedule - basically aligned with the seasons - one would expect that a 3-month 'start to finish' production period would suffice. Well it will, in theory, but we're still so new at this, and our production methods still so unsteady, that the only 'schedule' being considered at present is simply: keep moving forward, and hope we'll get it done 'in time'.

And 'in time' we're not. Here we are now in hot summer in Tokyo, and the next set of three is still on the drawing board!

Well, what can I say ... perhaps the 'hot' prints will help keep you warm in the chilly autumn air!

The production of each set of senshafuda always starts off the same way, with Seki-san and I chatting about possible ideas for the three, and she then goes off and begins sketching.

When I met her a few weeks back, she showed me some (very rough) pencil sketches - nothing more than scribbles really - for the first stab at it. She didn't leave them with me, so I can't show you here, but I can post the ones she sent a week or so later, still in very rough form, but fleshed out a bit more.

Before we look at them, remember the 'remit' that I have given her. The three designs in each set will include:

  • one strongly seasonal (although all three will certainly be related to the season)
  • one based on traditional Japanese culture
  • something based on contemporary life here in Japan

We saw this in the Spring set with 'Full Bloom', 'Doll Festival' and 'Sky Tree' respectively.

Here is the first batch (12 images) that arrived in my inbox a couple of weeks ago:


[Long item has been trimmed at this point. The full blog entry can be viewed here]

This item is taken from the blog Mokuhankan Conversations.
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Subject: City of the World
Posted by: JennifersCabin

My small contribution to the giant City of the World project in which various printmakers around the world carve a small piece and Maria Arango-Diener nobly co-ordinates, prints and sends out the final product, all married up. A labour of love indeed. Yes it has been carved in reverse, I flipped it in the computer. Called Graffiti, I felt that every city should have at least some tho' I wanted mine to share a positive note.

This item is taken from the blog Jennifer Martindale.
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