Today's postings

  1. [Baren 24538] PinPress and Schools ("Amanda Yopp")
  2. [Baren 24539] Re: PinPress (Barbara Mason)
  3. [Baren 24540] Re: PinPress and Schools (Woodblocksteve #
  4. [Baren 24541] Puzzle print received ("Liz Horton")
  5. [Baren 24542] Re: Puzzle print received (jack reisland)
  6. [Baren 24543] RE: New Baren Digest (HTML) V26 #2581 (Mar 12, 2004) ("Gillyin Gatto")
  7. [Baren 24544] Marvelous Maria (ArtfulCarol #
  8. [Baren 24545] Puzzle print ("Gilda Zimmerling")
  9. [Baren 24546] Puzzle Print arrived!!!!! ("JD Roehrig")
  10. [Baren 24547] Baren maker Gosho-san's woodblock print class exhibition (David Bull)
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Message 1
From: "Amanda Yopp"
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 08:02:49 -0700
Subject: [Baren 24538] PinPress and Schools
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Has anyone tried the PinPress? I saw it at the bookfair at CAA and I asked
the question what's the difference between the PinPress and a rolling pin.
Supposedly its almost perfectly flat. It printed the Akula Kolor on the
plate very well. I don't use those type of inks and was wondering if anyone
has used the PinPress. I've been using a spoon but am looking for a better
alternative to a press.

Also about graduate schools-
I went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The program was great but
the financial aid is a struggle. I was lucky but most people tried to get a
TA (there are only about 12-14 positions for about 80-100 grads). Its a big
program-lot of grads. You must be good about working independently but
anytime I needed assistance or guidence I had plenty of faculty to work with.
Technology is a big part of their printmaking program.

I checked out Cranbrook- beautiful school! There didn't seem to be much
printmaking coming out of the printmaking dept when I visited. I have a
couple friends that graduated from Cranbrook and loved it. Its very
secluded and I needed to be closer to the city. It has a great reputation.

I also visited RISD which was my #1 choice but couldn't get a good financial
aid package. They have a small printmaking program and I think they are
getting someone new in printmaking this year. I loved RISD. Beautiful
town- nice studios. A close friend went there (in sculpture) and found it
to be very very challenging. While printmaking is a whole different area- the
school tends to be very traditional and I'm not sure where technology fits
in the program. I didn't see any computers in the printmaking building.

I would say the best way to find out about the programs is to visit. I had
a list of questions that I asked the schools. Arizona State has a great
If you have any questions you can email me directly. I have lots of stories
about applying and grad school and now after gradschool.
-Amanda Yopp
Tucson, AZ

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Message 2
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 08:35:21 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 24539] Re: PinPress
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I think if you wanted to do only monotypes the pin press works well, a rolling pin works also and a marble one is very good. The pin press is larger, so there you go. I have one but don't use it a lot. It is not as good as a spoon for relief printmaking as you cannot get enough pressure and by pushing really hard with the pin press you tend to crush the edges of your block. Also, relif printing without a press works best if you work from the center to the edge rather from one side to the other.
Best to you,
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Message 3
From: Woodblocksteve #
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 12:19:24 EST
Subject: [Baren 24540] Re: PinPress and Schools
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Hi Amanda,

There's a little bit about using a pin-press with Akua Color at this link:-


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Message 4
From: "Liz Horton"
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 13:22:51 -0500
Subject: [Baren 24541] Puzzle print received
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Maria, I received the puzzle prints a couple of days ago and am absolutely
awed. Thank heavens for dropouts, or I wouldn't have been able to take part!
Thanks again for all your hard work.

Liz Horton
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Message 5
From: jack reisland
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 09:07:09 -1000
Subject: [Baren 24542] Re: Puzzle print received
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Got mine yesterday, all the way out here in the middle of the ocean.
Thanks bunches , Maria!

Jack R.
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Message 6
From: "Gillyin Gatto"
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 14:07:12 -0500
Subject: [Baren 24543] RE: New Baren Digest (HTML) V26 #2581 (Mar 12, 2004)
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hello bareners-
for various reasons it has been quite a while since i shared -- computer was down but
i have been following along reading the digest and participating in exchanges
now have a new email address for any exchange coordinators- bobcatpath#hotmail

yesterday -thursday 3-11- my puzzle prints came but i waited to
open the package with a class of six boys i was visiting today --alternative h.s. class in my town--
We had no trouble getting prints out of the box
this was after having just shared the year of the HORSE and year of the SHEEP postcards
with them and looking at eleven MONKEYS-- they were really and truly amazed at all the work and we had a good
discussion about allowing each one to have his own favorite and how all of those might be different
how in art , they could be their own boss and have their own say

we then proceeded to draw, carve ,and print 4 x 6 blocks of 'softcut'with water base black
-each boy made a print and was quite thrilled with it
none had ever done it before
they really did great

it makes it easy to introduce relief printmaking to any age group
when one has these great sets of postcards that all age groups can relate to
they had favorites- the John Centers OLD GOAT! and the" bare wren" ! of Sharri Hauser
and Jan Telfer's fold out monkeys and fold out horses were group favorites too
while each DID have favorites of their own

Sharri Lapierre- the supposedly "worst kid in the class" liked your goat
so much, he asked me to see if you would send him one to buy!

the point was -- they were inspired

thanks everyone for being out there
being a constant woodcut related anchor
being a vehicle with which to reach out with art toward our communities

Gillyin Gatto machias
maine usa

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Message 7
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 18:34:12 EST
Subject: [Baren 24544] Marvelous Maria
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My tongue was hanging out in anticipation and now I can reel it in--arrival
of the puzzle prints. Yippee!
Thank you everyone. It is a unique and wonderful undertaking. My first
coollabloration. I see that spelling but it is a keep. Thanks to all and Maria and

I also enjoyed reading the comments about your prints.

My postman named RADAR, really, is disabling the "return to sender " button
in the Post Office and any checks sent to Maria will stay with her.!

What next?!
Carol L.
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Message 8
From: "Gilda Zimmerling"
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 17:7:21 -0800
Subject: [Baren 24545] Puzzle print
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Dear Maria and Barbara
Thank you so much for all your hard work. I absolutely love my print, but to receive two sets was such a surprise .
Garcia por todo, Gilda

Gilda Zimmerling
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Message 9
From: "JD Roehrig"
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 18:56:37 -0700
Subject: [Baren 24546] Puzzle Print arrived!!!!!
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Absolutely marvelous. It has been laid out on the setup table in the studio, both my wife and I spent quite a long
time just viewing and enjoying. To Maria and her assistant Barbara much thanks for the printing. Also a much
deserved thanks to all of the artists of Baren, whose pieces made the puzzle work. I'm ready to do it again.
Maria, never let that Dynamo die, you're an inspiration to me.
JD Roehrig
Lincoln County, New Mexico
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Message 10
From: David Bull
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2004 20:54:19 +0900
Subject: [Baren 24547] Baren maker Gosho-san's woodblock print class exhibition
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Somebody sent me a link this evening, and no question, I have to 'pass
it on'! It's a heavy page to download (more than 50 images), but there
are plenty of interesting prints to see in this display of the Machida
Hanga Group 10th Anniversary Collection. The names and titles are all in
Japanese, so won't display in your browser, but the images should be
visible with no problem I think.

Their teacher is Kikuo Gosho, the baren maker.