Today's postings

  1. [Baren 30138] 20 million woodblock prints a year ... (baren_member #
  2. [Baren 30139] Re: Baren Digest (old) V34 #3370 ("Marilynn Smith")
  3. [Baren 30140] Philadelphia Print Collaborative aka Philagraphica ("April Vollmer")
  4. [Baren 30141] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
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Date: 19 Feb 2006 14:12:49 -0000
Subject: [Baren 30138] 20 million woodblock prints a year ...

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Fading traditional woodblock New Year pictures show increasing signs of revival
As traditional lunar New Year is imminent, the 60-year-old Li Shunyi in Jinan, east China's Shandong Province was joyous to see his son's new apartment get decorated with traditional woodblock New Year pictures that symbolize peace, fortune and good-luck but are on the verge of extinction.

"I've rarely seen pictures of this kind ever since I moved into the city from the countryside as a little boy," Li said. "However, it seems that people have lost interest in woodblock New Year pictures over all these years and such pictures have been vanishing from ordinary families and our lives," he said.

Traditional New Year pictures, usually made by blockprinting, are featured by simple and clear lines with brilliant colors in scenes of prosperity. The themes embodied in the New Year Pictures cover a wide range of subjects, from plump babies to the Buddha of Longevity, from landscapes to birds and flowers, from the ploughing cattle in spring to bumper harvests in autumn. The message in all pictures is always good luck, festivity and other nice things in the wish of the people.

At Shandong's Yangjiabu, local government combined tourism development with the picture business a few years ago. "We invited tourists to come and buy our pictures. The tourists can witness not only the rural people's residence with antique flavors of the imperial Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, but also the entire procedure of woodblock picture making," said Yang Gaozhi, head of the Yangjiabu Village.

According to Yang, the number of visitors grew from 20,000 in the 1990s to the current half a million. The 300-household Yangjiabu with a population of 1,000 can now turn out more than 20 million woodblock pictures a year, which are sold to over 100 countries and regions worldwide.

In spring of 2003, China listed New Year pictures as one of the gem items in its national preservation program for folk cultural heritage. So far, tens of thousands of New Year pictures, nearly 10,000 wood blocks, and dozens of carving techniques have been rescued in the program.
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Message 2
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2006 14:32:11 -0800
Subject: [Baren 30139] Re: Baren Digest (old) V34 #3370
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A few days answering you Gayle with regards to your hand. The lumps may
have something to do with arthritis. my husband has a disease and i believe
i have it too that is common in people from northern climates. *their
heritage that is* It creates lumps. the best i an suggest is to squeeze a
ball to keep the hand limber and we use these chinese balls my husband got
for us at some show he attended. Take frequent breaks, try using tools that
do not fit into the palm but rather can be held like a pencils, this helps
me. Good luck.
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Message 3
From: "April Vollmer"
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2006 22:30:35 -0500
Subject: [Baren 30140] Philadelphia Print Collaborative aka Philagraphica
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Great print show at 55 Mercer in New York! It includes lots of woodcuts,
digital, etching, silkscreen and mixed media.

PPC is a wonderful organization that is promoting printmaking in
Philadelphia. They rented a bus and brought a ton of artists and master
printers from Philadelphia for this show. Many folks from Rutgers came.
Great food, great work, and the show is up another couple of weeks at 55
Mercer, Soho, New York. They sponsored the woodcut show I was in last week
at Spector Gallery in Philly.

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Message 4
From: Blog Manager
Date: 20 Feb 2006 04:55:05 -0000
Subject: [Baren 30141] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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This is an automatic update message being sent to [Baren] by the forum blog software.

The following new entries were found on the listed printmaker's websites during the past 24 hours. (13 sites checked, just before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: David Bull, Woodblock Printmaker

Author: Dave Bull
Item: Business Announcement (Part 3) ...


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