Today's postings

  1. [Baren 26336] Re: update on portfolio cases (Jeanne Norman Chase)
  2. [Baren 26337] Re: #21 (Bette Norcross Wappner)
  3. [Baren 26338] Re: #21 (Bette Norcross Wappner)
  4. [Baren 26339] Re: #21 (FurryPressII #
  5. [Baren 26340] Re: update on portfolio cases (Barbara Mason)
  6. [Baren 26341] Surimono prints at LEAF UK ("Harry French")
  7. [Baren 26342] monumental tasks (Barbara Mason)
  8. [Baren 26343] Re: Monumental task... (slinders #
  9. [Baren 26344] New prints (2)/Kala,engraving, OT postscript (Robin Morris)
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Message 1
From: Jeanne Norman Chase
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 07:28:30 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 26336] Re: update on portfolio cases
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Hi Barbara

Re; Cases
I need a case for Exchange 1. That was the one in which the cover was destroyed by fire but the prints escaped unharmed. I think it was the chu ban size. I hope I am right. Anyway I would love a case for the poor prints that have been without a home for two and a half years.

All is well in the Chase studio. Am still trying "catch up" but am doing just fine. The old saying; The hurrieder I go the more behinder i get".

I owe you a long e mail. It is coming , honestly.

Jeanne N.
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Message 2
From: Bette Norcross Wappner
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 10:27:29 -0500
Subject: [Baren 26337] Re: #21
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Hi Diane,
I see you've caught the "Baren Bug" too! So glad you enjoyed exchange
21. I just couldn't resist making the folder, especially for Harry
French and those who are exhibiting the Surimono exchange and also for
the first-timers like you and others :)

Thank you for your sweet compliments and for your wonderful Surimono
print that you created :)
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Message 3
From: Bette Norcross Wappner
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 10:38:03 -0500
Subject: [Baren 26338] Re: #21
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Thanks Barbara. So glad you had the Surimono and Deck exchanges to show
at your talk and to inspire new printmakers-to-be!!!


> Bette, the album is wonderful, the portfolio cover was inspired! What a
> lot of work you put into it. Also the packageing for the deck of
> cards...Colleen, it is beautiful. I have an extra 7 of spades if anyone
> is missing one...oops.
> I gave my printmaking talk today to about 30 people and since I had
> received these exchanges yesterday took them along. The response was
> amazing. Everyone loved them and I could see some budding printmakers
> since this was a group of all artists! At least no one threw food and
> there was a lot of it there. I consider it a success when no one falls
> asleep. I cannot expect the rest of the world to be as excited about
> printmaking as I am....although it amazes me they are not!
> Best to all,
> Barbara
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Message 4
From: FurryPressII #
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 11:24:26 EST
Subject: [Baren 26339] Re: #21
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I really enjoyed the exchange and I learned a few new tricks (this is an old
dog) Lots of work making the folder and putting the exchange together (as I
well know) you get a thanks for me.

I am currently working on a large wood cut project. I am doing a block book
with the subject of a Passover haggadot. A block book is a book were the
text is cut in wood blocks and not movable type. This is how printing was done
before Gutenberg mastered moveable type. As well as how books were printed
in Japan. The book consists of 80 pages of text. I have finished 70 pages, 8
are mostly done but have to ad some more text to them and 2 are not started
yet. as well as a title page and a colophon. I have also done 20
illustrations for inside the book. I intend to also do a portfolio of 10 prints on the
10 plagues. The difficulties will be in doing a subject that has been done
many times without doing a cliché.

I used cherry for less detailed blocks with large type and hard maple for
blocks with small type. I also used end grain maple for some of the blocks. I
will be printing with graphic chem oil based ink and printing on arches tan.
I have not decided how I will bind it. So far I have been working on it
for 4 years and may be done in a year or two.

john center
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Message 5
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 08:45:24 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 26340] Re: update on portfolio cases
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OK, I will see you get one as soon as I get them.....
I await the long email...hahahahah
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Message 6
From: "Harry French"
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 16:45:57 -0000
Subject: [Baren 26341] Surimono prints at LEAF UK
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Greetings Bareners and especially the exchange printers "Surimono" #21.
You may recall that I was interested in sharing my Surimono Exchange prints with interested people and organisations and I enquired on the Forum as to my actual ownership of the prints. Barbara replied giving me all the information that I needed i.e. I had total ownership and could do as I liked with them, obviously, respecting copyright. She added that it would be appreciated if I told members of the exchange what I was doing with the prints so that they could use the information in their printmaking profile/ resume/CV.

The "official launch" of my Surimono exchange prints is Wednesday, 3rd November at the Lincolnshire Education Arts Forum (LEAF) : an open meeting of professors, lecturers, teachers, arts practitioners, funding agencies, venue directors and animateurs in all areas of the arts at the North Kestevan School, Lincoln, England,UK.
I hope to discuss the Baren Woodblock Organisation,** its democratic structure and activities; exhibit the Surimono #21 Exchange and maybe demonstrate my recently acquired skills in woodblock printing techniques.
The Forum usually centres around the role of the artist-in-residence in education from Early Years to University, including special educational needs. Artists and craftpersons are seen as an essential part of arts education and providers of specialist training to the teaching profession.

A Junior school (4 to11years) in the city have already heard the news ("pre - launch" ) of a very special print exhibition arriving from America and jumped in quick by inviting me to bring along the exhibition and organise a workshop at their annual Art week festival. This will be on the 15th November at St. Peter's Junior School, St Peter -at- Gowt, Lincoln.
Well that's a start and I haven't started!
Once the news spreads via the LEAF Forum I'll keep you informed as to what is going on with the Surimomo Exchange prints.
A special thanks to Betty who sent the prints express delivery to ensure that they were available to LEAF this week.
The prints are exceptional in their wonderful presentation folio. Again, in an era of International styles and eclecticism, I am so impressed that Baren woodblock printers have retained their individuality and have risen to the spirit of the Surimono edition.
Betty, sorry to keep repeating my thanks to you for all the hard work and expense that you have obviously put into this exchange.

I am very privileged to be a member of Baren.

**notes taken from the Baren website.
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Message 7
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 08:52:30 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 26342] monumental tasks
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Congratualtions on your tenacity....this is akin to the 10 year project Dave took on. What a monumental effort you guys put into your work. We will be anxious to see it when it is completed.

You make me feel like a slacker! However I want all to know that since moving the studio right outside the door of my kitchen I am in it every day and have gotten so much stuff done....I proofed the rooster! WAHOO! I am actually ahead...still have to print the monkey but the block is ready.

I plan to be so caught up by the end of the year you won't recognize me!
Best to all,
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Message 8
From: slinders #
Date: Mon, 01 Nov 2004 15:59:18 -0600
Subject: [Baren 26343] Re: Monumental task...
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John's project is indeed wonderful, admirable, and exactly

You can see his work in progress and in proof through our Baren
main page> events and activities> John Center's Evanston exhibit
page 2, the last three photos:

You'll be able to see the scale of his work, as well as his
precision and graphic design! His color sense is also
remarkable! This book will be a wonderful accomplishment and I
admire John's skill and tenacity !

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Message 9
From: Robin Morris
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 16:09:50 -0800
Subject: [Baren 26344] New prints (2)/Kala,engraving, OT postscript
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Hello all,

I took a step this month...I am taking drawing classes from a painter
locally, and over the weekend took a 2 day workshop in wood engraving
with Richard Wagener at KALA in Berkeley.
The group was small but very focussed, and Richard really excels at
making himself available, being informative, not to mention just a very
pleasant guy.
We carved a small block on Sat. (see my effort at
On Sunday, we did a slightly larger one, and after a lot of trouble
with a design that was too ambitious for my (lack of) skill,
I switched to a backup I had brought along, a bookplate for my
(BTW it doesn't say "rum" but rvm for robin vernor morris)
We used a Vandercook press to make the prints., Zerkel (sp?) paper,
Graphic Arts of Chicago black oil based ink.
I'd like to show the prints of the oother students I traded for, but I
don't have their permission.
They each did a nice job though. KALA is a lovely workspace, I felt
like I had come home somehow.

I can endorse RW's classes, I didn't even miss Halloween, and was
excited to do more carving/engraving right away.
I see engraving as something I might always do, a more immediate and
high contrast form to me, and
I hope to learn Japanese style after som experience with this. I am
seeing the differences as well, though,
the biggest being the cutting away of what you want to keep, rather
than what you want to discard.
This makes it more like drawing once you begin to be able to see the
white as having as much
value, or flexibility, as the black. It is an interesting moment to
start to see the whole scale of gray more accurately perhaps and more
I got to borrow some opti-vision specs for the end of Sunday, and
really could see what I was doing.
That is kinda next on my tool list.

Robin M
Pacifica CA

PS-OT- I am feeling a tad unhappy- my mom just informed me she voted
absentee, and she wouldn't say that she had switched parties as she
told me a month ago.
She voted for "the other guy"....arrrgh...CA is not a swing state, but
I feel conned...saved herself a lot of good documentaries and
arguments. Nice fake.
My life stands still tomorrow...Will resume on Wednesday, hopefully.