Today's postings

  1. [Baren 29574] Bolotin film and roosters so late they will bark (GWohlken)
  2. [Baren 29575] Re: My woodblock History (Jan Telfer)
  3. [Baren 29576] Re: My woodblock History (pulpfic #
  4. [Baren 29577] Re: 2006 - Year of the Dog (Diane Cutter)
  5. [Baren 29578] How I discovered woodblock Printing (ArtfulCarol #
  6. [Baren 29579] Re: My woodblock History (Wanda Robertson)
  7. [Baren 29580] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: GWohlken
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 09:41:55 -0500
Subject: [Baren 29574] Bolotin film and roosters so late they will bark
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The woodblock film and information on how Jay Bolotin conceived and
executed the work made for an interesting morning for both me and my
husband. Thanks, Annie for the link.

Hey, I want to let rooster people know that mine are going to be so
late, you will get them in the year of the dog. I have recently
gotten a few commissions, and the annual postcards (which ordinarily
I would do and sent out before the end of the year) have been put on
the back burner more than once this fall. And, that's why I did not
sign up for next year's postcard exchange). So somewhere between all
those dogs next year, don't be surprised when you see a rooster strut
out of an envelope.

Northeast Ohio

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Message 2
From: Jan Telfer
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 23:02:01 +0800
Subject: [Baren 29575] Re: My woodblock History
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How did I start my woodblock printing?

In primary school I loved carving wood with a pocket knife and my
shangai (Catapult) handles made from willow forks were the best in the
district!! My mother gave me my first set of cheap Chinese carving
tools when I was still in primary school and I still have them!! I
used them in Art college to carve my lino blocks.

I initially did a weeks woodblock printing course at Uni WA Summer
School with Emi Ninosecki and enjoyed it especially helping others that
week trying to understand the mirror concept of the design and
separating colour blocks

Late in 1990s Hiroshi Tomihari came to Western Australia to teach a
weekend course and enjoyed it so much that the Western Australian
Printmakers invited him and his wife Yai back next year to teach at the
Association and also several of the Colleges in Perth. Because my
younger daughter spoke Japanese, they stayed with us for the four weeks.

Hiroshi is a contemporary master carver and black oil based woodblock
printer from Oyama Japan. He has works in several international state
galleries and in many publications. It was he who encouraged me to
continue to pursue my woodblock printing and invited me to exhibit in
Japan a couple of times at his gallery. He is still a very supportive
mentor and it was he who I used as the subject for my Tribute to a
Printmaker I admire Exchange.

I now enjoy hanga printing and this I learnt from my trips to Graham
Scholes' Bootcamps and the contact I have had with Baren members. I
am still a very enthusiastic carver, but I don't use shangais any more!

Thanks to Baren members I don't feel so environmentally isolated any
more in Western Australia.

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Message 3
From: pulpfic #
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 09:31:49 -0800
Subject: [Baren 29576] Re: My woodblock History
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Jan Telfer wrote:
>How did I start my woodblock printing?
>In primary school I loved carving wood with a pocket knife and my shangai

Hello Bareners,
Jan Telfer's contribution reminds me that I haven't written mine yet...

I've been making linocut prints since about 1998; self-taught as in nearly
everything I take on.

One day, probably early 2002, I was browsing a Somerset Studio magazine and
came across an article by Jan Telfer on woodblock prints, with examples of
her prints - racing sailboat, kangaroo, and maybe the little drummer boy...

Anyway, there was a link to at the bottom of the article,
and I've been on here ever since.

Now I mix woodblock and lino indiscriminately, using mainly scrap lumber
from the backyard for the woodblocks, and either Speedball 8^D or Akua
Kolor inks, depending on what effect I'm after.

I haven't printed much for a year or so, as I'm heavily into photography
and cyanotype right now, but some of my photos will end up being turned
into block prints eventually - that's never out of mind.

Take care all,

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Ms Randi DeLisle
papermaker, bookbinder, publisher & printmaker
pulp fictions & pulp fictions press
Grand Forks BC Canada
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Message 4
From: Diane Cutter
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 10:10:36 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 29577] Re: 2006 - Year of the Dog
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For all of those in the Year of the Dog exchange, Frank Trueba just alerted me to an incorrect address for me on the mailing list. My address should read:

Diane Cutter
Route 975, HC 55 Box 9101
Ceiba, PR 00735

I must have had a senior moment when I made my box 975. I apologize and hope everyone gets the correct address, because I'm all excited about this exchange.

And Julio, if you could change the address on the list, I'd be eternally grateful...

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Message 5
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 17:18:52 EST
Subject: [Baren 29578] How I discovered woodblock Printing
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I've been enjoying all the different experiences of how you discovered
woodblcok printing and Thank You all for sharing.

Here is how I discovered woodblock printing:

After my day job teaching in Manhattan I followed an art whim and
started to take courses of interest. In those days it was perfectly safe for
young women to travel on public transportation at any hour of the day or
night. I took night courses in The Art Students' League, National Academy,
Hunter College (David Smith), NYU, New School(Chaim Gross). and some workshops in
Nova Scotia, Maine and Spain. Not having majored in art in college I
selected different media. My bent developed into experimental waterbased media.,
"What would happen if I did such and such?" Woodblock printing never crossed
my mind, nor do I remember seeing it in any brochure.

Then in 1997 I had breast cancer, lumpectomy and radiation. Luckily, I had
no side effects and had an excellent prognosis, but a change in life
perspective. Being a "go for it " person, I decided to be even more so. When I
got a mailing for the Conn. Graphics Art Center listing woodblock printing,I
was game. My teacher was April Vollmer.

Labor intensive, time consuming, technically precise? That was not my
style. But I was HOOKED! You never know. With April's perception of what I was
up to and her suggestions I was on my way 24/7.

Lacking the technical know-how and experience, I sold my very first print at
the Skokie Baren Exhibit that Julio organized and invited me to join. He
had seen my work on the Internet.
This is that first woodblock.
_ (

That's my story in the exciting world of Baren and woodblock printing

Carol Lyons
Irvington, New York
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Message 6
From: Wanda Robertson
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 14:40:07 -0800
Subject: [Baren 29579] Re: My woodblock History
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OhOh, language again! So would your shangai/catapult be what we
'merricans call a slingshot? For shooting pebbles at targets? Funny
how attached we get to our carving tools, isn't it?

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Message 7
From: Blog Manager
Date: 17 Dec 2005 04:55:05 -0000
Subject: [Baren 29580] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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