Baren Digest

[Baren] - the International Forum for Woodblock Printmaking

Volume: 25 / Number: 2450

Friday, 21 of November, 2003

Today's postings:

  1. [Baren 23423] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V25 #2448 (Nov 20, 2003) ("Mark Herrling")
  2. [Baren 23424] Re: lack of e-mail in posts (James G Mundie)
  3. [Baren 23425] Hello to Barbara Campbell/eponymous ("April Vollmer")
  4. [Baren 23426] Re: Ordering calendars - finally ! (Julio.Rodriguez #
  5. [Baren 23427] Ordering calendars - finally ! (Barbara Mason)
  6. [Baren 23428] Re: Ordering calendars - finally ! (Barbara Mason)

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Message 1
From: "Mark Herrling"
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 08:18:34 -0600
Subject: [Baren 23423] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V25 #2448 (Nov 20, 2003)
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I am writing in response to Chris's question about presenting prints for
sale in a craft setting...I sell my prints every Saturday from April until
November at the largest farmers market in the U.S. around the state capitol
in Madison Wisconsin..and belive me these prints take a beating being
handeled so much and then there is the wind blowing them out of the bins the
coffee being dripped and the sun and sometimes rain before I rush to put
them under cover...I double mat each print..with a black mat over the print
and a cream over that and foam core and all is displayed in a crystal clear
bag designed to fit the print from a company called impac images...I think
the web site is but can't be sure about that without putting
on some shoes and heading out to the studio..Presenting the prints this way
they are ready to pop into a frame.. or the print looks great just sitting
around proped up on a table waiting for a frame. And yes! the general public
has no idea of what an original print is, so educating them about the
process is part of what may sell the print. I take along a cut block and
some etching plates and tell them about the process and then show them the
print pulled from the the block or plate and you can see a light go off as
they see the wonder of pulling a print. The matted size I work with is
8x10...11x14..14x18..22x28..and the popular size of 12x32 this size lets me
work with a scene and still make it a size that fits on most peoples walls..
Now perhaps someone could help me out...I have a letter press that I got
from another printmaker and can't seem to get the hang of pulling a decent
print from it, the roller is checked and this transfers to the print...I use
a mulberry paper and no blanket, is that my problem...should I use a heavy
paper and soak it and print it like an etching with a blanket ? the spoon
has worked great for all this time but there has to be a way to get this
letter press to work.
Tried a new way of presenting a woodcut print this last summer...I print
on a hand dyed cotton sateen with a gold oil based ink and then put some
fiberfill and a backing and quilt the image with a metallic thread...they
turn a 2D image in a 3D landscape and the metallic thread really contrasts
with the shadows created by the stitching...they really were a crowd stopper
as they were so different. Also new this summer... I ink a relief block with
asphaltum and print that on a copper plate and then do an open bite etching
on the plate so that the acid eats out everything that you carved out in the
block, but since this is an etching all of the ink is wiped off and the
background picks up the ink and the background defines the image...really an
interesting image as the positive becomes the negative. Sometimes I matt the
plate with the print and sell them as one, as the copper plate looks
beautiful after it is etched and after all it is a repeatable process.
Sure is nice to know that there all of you printmakers out there...I have
purchased several of Maria's prints and thank her for her great web sit for
printmakers...I am also a long time potter and have found that other potters
are very tight on what they know so it is very refreshing to run into a
group of printmakers that will share their knowledge...have a good
day!!!Mark Herrling

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Message 2
From: James G Mundie
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 10:35:50 -0500
Subject: [Baren 23424] Re: lack of e-mail in posts
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Given the recent back and forth over not being able to respond directly
to Paul Kiler's messages, I just wanted to remind everyone that Dave's
hard work has created a new version of the forum digest which strips out
the sender's e-mail addresses from the messages - except when someone
chooses to include their e-mail address in the main message or as part of
their signature. This should greatly reduce the amount of spam regular
posters have been receiving (a pox upon spammers!).

However, in order to reply to Paul or any other poster, all you need to
do is follow the handy link Dave has provided at the bottom of the page,
(ex. "...End of Baren Digest Volume: 25 Number: 2449
The on-line copy of this Digest can be found at: ...")which will take
you to the on-line version of that digest. From there, Dave has provided
a nifty little script that allows you to reply directly to a poster by
clicking on the "Send message: To this Poster" link. All you have to do
is find the message in question, click on the link, and the poster's
address should automatically pop up in your e-mail program.

Okay, just so there is some woodcut content in the post --- I'll mention
that I'm slogging away at three largish woodcuts at the moment that I
began on Cape Cod this past summer. I'm hoping to get two of them
finished by the end of the year, but we'll see.


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Message 3
From: "April Vollmer"
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 10:58:28 -0500
Subject: [Baren 23425] Hello to Barbara Campbell/eponymous
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I guess Japanese woodblock IS a small world! How nice to hear from Barbara
Campbell. And how cool that she was able to take Paul Furneaux's class at
the Center for Contemporary Printmaking after my short introduction at the
Hammond Museum.

I did get to meet Paul briefly at the reception for the woodcut show at the
Center for Contemporary Printmaking. He's great, and the show was fabulous,
I was very happy to be included. Some photos of the show are on my website

My next woodcut event will be next Friday 5:00 to 7:00, the day after
Thanksgiving, at 55 Mercer gallery, at the eponymous address in NYC. Daniel
Heyman, who did the Nagasawa residency, organized a show of artists who
studied woodblock there, plus me. We will have a talk in Philadelphia
December 5, and a talk in NYC at the gallery Saturday, December 6 from 3:00
to 6:00. It would be great to see some Bareners!


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Message 4
From: Julio.Rodriguez #
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 13:01:58 -0600
Subject: [Baren 23426] Re: Ordering calendars - finally !
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Well, sorry for all the delays but it looks like we are finally ready to
start taking online orders for the 2004 calendars.

Just a brief update, calendars are in various stages of printing and
assembly and although we are bit behind I hope to start shipping them out
sometime around the week of 12/01. An email notification will follow
shipment of your order. Won't bore you with all the details but it's been
a rough October & November around the Rodriguez household !!!

If you may recall and for the benefit of new members, this is a
fund-raiser project for Approx 50+ members contributed 40
original prints (or more!) each towards the project and a variety of
calendar types/themes have been prepared. Money raised will be used to pay
for domain names, website space and future Baren projects thus allowing us
to keep membership free to all. Large (11X14") calendars
with a Nudes, Landscape and Full-Page (aprox. 8X10") themes have been
created as well as a set A and a set B of postcard size calendars (8X8").
Each calendar contains twelve original woodblock prints by our members.
Participants in the project are receiving a complimentary copy of each
calendar they sent prints for. Approx. 28 of each of the large calendar
types are available for sale and 33 of each of the smaller postcard sets.

Prices, ($29.95 & $19.95), are pretty much in line with what was agreed
upon back in March with only a slight increase ($5) to cover miscellaneous
manufacturing costs and materials. My thanks to Barbara Mason for her
work in designing and manufacturing a wonderful desktop stand for our
postcard calendars and to David Bull for all the mall/web work & support.

Some members expressed concerns over our low prices for calendars with
twelve original woodblock prints. While I think we are all in agreement
that the prices are very low for such an item, in the spirit of the
fund-raiser that
this is and the fact that the price structure was discussed and agreed
upon online back in March...we ( are sticking to the
original (or close to..) prices. Next year if we repeat , the project can
be adjusted to reflect more reasonable market values. My thanks goes out
to all participants for their generous contributions/donations...specially
those that contributed multiple prints !

You can preview the prints/calendars at:

I have asked David Bull to turn on the Baren mall page for ordering
calendars tonight (Friday 11/21) he will make a general announcement
when that is in place so you can put your orders thru.

If you plan to be away from your pc over the weekend please make
arrangements off-list if you want to purchase calendars. Orders will be
honored on a first come first serve basis. If a particular item has sold
out, we will let you know asap and process/charge only those items still
available. In order to allow as many of our members a chance to purchase
calendars we have put an initial limit of two calendars per type ( or ten
calendars max) per order.

As with any first-off....I think these limited-edition Baren 2004
calendars will be very special and be a kind of baren memorabilia to have
and to treasure. The prints are wonderful and the artists truly represent
the mix of techniques, creativity and experience that has made Baren such
a fantastic and vibrant community of printmakers.

thanks again...Julio Rodriguez (Calendar-2004 Project coordinator)

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Message 5
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 11:16:47 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 23427] Ordering calendars - finally !
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When looking at the calendar pages you will see that some of the images are not uploaded to the assured that the work in in Julio's hands. He has had a very difficult few months and has just not gotten to this little item. Calendars will go out with all the prints included.

Julio's lovely wife of many years, Maria, has some ongoing health problems that took a lot of his time and he also has two his life was full without the baren project.

I am sure we will be looking for volunteers to continue this project next think about volunteering time to help pull the 2005 calendar project together. Julio needs a break and we want to give it to him.

Thanks so much for all your work on this, Julio. I know you have put in hundreds of hours on this calendar project and we appreciate it. I am planning on giving my kids a calendar for Christmas....but will take it back at the first sign that they do not appreciate it! HA.
Best to all,
Barbara M

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Message 6
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 11:34:37 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 23428] Re: Ordering calendars - finally !
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Well, I think with my post of hundreds of hours I scared any future assured we have worked out all the kinks and it will be a much easier volunteer job next year! The first time is definitely the hardest! Sorry for posting twice, but realized I should have said many instead of hundreds....I wanted Julio to know how much we all appreciated him and just got carried away....typical.
Best to all,

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