Today's postings

  1. [Baren 24039] update on Maria and Barbara printing in Las Vegas (Barbara Mason)
  2. [Baren 24040] Re: What do you call this? (FurryPressII #
  3. [Baren 24041] Re: What do you call this? (David Bull)
  4. [Baren 24042] flattening Dave's paper.... ("Janet Warner Montgomery")
  5. [Baren 24043] RE: flattening Dave's paper.... ("Daniel Dew")
  6. [Baren 24044] FW: florida printmakers ("Daniel Dew")
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Message 1
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2004 18:22:44 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 24039] update on Maria and Barbara printing in Las Vegas
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Hi all,
I arrived in sunny Las Vegas yesterday about noon and got the tour of Hoover Dam, Lake Meed and best of all saw Maria's wonderful commissioned print in the boy scout center. A great new building and her prints and block looked spectacular mounted on the wall.
I met the dogs and cats...well one cat. the other two are afraid of people from Oregon and have not shown their tiny faces yet....I am thinking they do not really exist!

I was exhausted last night as I stayed up till 3 the night before I left getting stuff done at home so slept like a log...I recommend Maria's B & B, the treat you great and feed you well.....however they do tend to work you hard!

We printed one half of the collaborative baren block today, it is on full size paper with only a couple of inches on each end over the size of the block. This does not sound like a great feat, until you realize that Maria's press has only a 24x36" bed and we were printing 22x30" paper. So it was interesting but we made it work. We got 75 good prints in 8 hours, so that was a good day. We are using Dan Smith relief black oil based ink and Stonehenge cream colored paper. I like the ink, I had not used it before and it is pretty creamy and rolls up well.

They look pretty good. We had a little trouble with varied heights but corrected that with some creative tape on the back of the pieces. It took us about 2 hours to get things rolling but once we got our rhythm we just popped them out. Sharing the work sure made it easier, I cannot image one person doing this big a print on this tiny press alone! Just dropping the paper would be really hard by yourself.

We need to print 100 of each block in order to toss a few and still have the 88 we need to send two to each participant. This is an amazing experience and spending time with Maria is a real plus, she is sure a feisty little thing and really strong. She has nearly killed me today...I will let you all know how I survive after two more days of printing. Guess I won't see Las Vegas, except for the airport and Maria's studio! Good thing I don't care.

Best to all,


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Message 2
From: FurryPressII #
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2004 22:25:09 EST
Subject: [Baren 24040] Re: What do you call this?
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dave maybe there is an old proofing press at a used printing eq dealer?
same type of eq was used in Japan. Etching press would work but there cost is
many yen.
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Message 3
From: David Bull
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 13:08:57 +0900
Subject: [Baren 24041] Re: What do you call this?
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Thanks for the hints and suggestions on the 'mangle' press (both on and
off list).

As for using an actual laundry mangle, that's not going to work in this
case - when I said 'flattening' paper I didn't mean just taking creases
out of it, but actually _thinning_ it down ... a _lot_. For this, I
think I need quite a bit of pressure, and almost certainly steel
rollers, not the softish ones used in mangles designed to press
clothing. And the paper will be moist, so wooden rollers would not be
suitable either.

I'll keep looking around, but if anybody turns up a lead on such a
thing - two steel rollers, adjustable, crank driven, no bed - please let
me know ...

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Message 4
From: "Janet Warner Montgomery"
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 06:49:08 -0500
Subject: [Baren 24042] flattening Dave's paper....
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" but if anybody turns up a lead on such a thing - two steel rollers, adjustable, crank driven, no bed - please let me know ... "
If you haven't already inquired of your own paper sources, I use Twinrocker handmade paper in Indiana some for my etching, they calender thin text for chine collee if I want...they also sell paper making supplies and are small enough you can talk to people. Kathryn Clark, chief cheese, Fran Lacy, cheese
good luck with it.....jan

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Message 5
From: "Daniel Dew"
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 07:21:32 -0500
Subject: [Baren 24043] RE: flattening Dave's paper....
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O.K., here comes a tip from one of the members who don't use a press and
don't print Japanese style, and I am cheap.

Try getting a piece of PVC pipe that is a little longer than your
shortest dimension and has a significant circumference. Add a reduction
piece to both ends and then a short 90% angle with a threaded end that
can be capped off.

Fill with either water or sand and roll away!

When done, open one end and disperse the water or sand and save in a
corner for the next time.

Daniel L. Dew
Ervin Leasing Company
Suncoast Division
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Message 6
From: "Daniel Dew"
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 07:26:47 -0500
Subject: [Baren 24044] FW: florida printmakers
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- -----Original Message----- From: []

>Subject: florida printmakers
>hello members and friends of florida printmakers. i wanted to catch you
>all up on some of the activities of the organization and send you the
>link to the website, which you can periodically check to see what's
>going on:
>Florida Printmakers
>the 13th national juried competition is scheduled to open on thursday
>february 5th with a reception on february 6th from 7 to 9 pm. if you
>are going to be in the miami area, the show is on the university of
>miami campus at the college of arts and sciences gallery at 1210
>stanford drive and continues through february 28th. bradlee shanks from
>the university of south florida juried the show and picked 40 pieces by
>48 artists and will be jurying for prizes next week when he's in town.
>we've also some purchase prizes donated by renaissance graphic arts,
>takach press corportation, the amity art foundation and the dean of our
>college of arts and sciences.
>at the same time, our first national portfolio exchange will be on view
>at the rainbow building print and drawing facility at 1540 levante
>the amity art foundation is also going to be a generous sponsor of our
>2nd "open" members exchange, which will be shown at the rainbow building
>in september 2004. if you want to participate, send us 13 impressions
>of an 11 x 15 inch print and we'll send you 10 prints back by other
>members. one of your prints will go into the university of miami's
>collection, one will stay with florida printmakers, and the other will
>go to the amity art foundation in connecticut. if you're not familiar
>with them, check out their website at
>AAF | The Amity Art Foundation Inc.
>there's no fees for this exchange, but your membership needs to be paid
>up. we'll cover the cost of a modest folio, the title page and return
>postage. more details are on the FP website. spread the word, we'd like
>to get a lot of new members through this exhibition and exchange.
>remember, we're aiming to show the best of printmaking in shows around
>the state of florida, and members can be from anywhere.
>we're working on plans for the 14th national, and on some possibilities
>for invitational members shows. we've another invitational exchange in
>the works, with the amity art foundation and printmakers groups in
>connecticut and new zealand, too.
>if you haven't already, send us a jpeg for the website, or a slide and
>$5 and we'll add you to the member's pages online.
>last, our annual meeting will be at noon on saturday february 7th at the
>rainbow building, 1540 levante coral gables florida. the juried
>exhibition will be open from noon to 4:00 that day, as well. hope to
>see some of you there.
>lise drost
>president, florida printmakers

Daniel L. Dew
Ervin Leasing Company
Suncoast Division