Today's postings

  1. [Baren 31780] Re: Sore Knuckles using Murasaki Baren ("Lee Churchill")
  2. [Baren 31781] BarenForum five years ago today... ("Mike Lyon")
  3. [Baren 31783] thanks Mike (Barbara Mason)
  4. [Baren 31782] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V36 #3617 (Sep 10, 2006) (Barbara Mason)
  5. [Baren 31784] Re: BarenForum five years ago today... (ArtfulCarol #
  6. [Baren 31785] Re: setting up a work space (Sharri LaPierre)
  7. [Baren 31786] American Print Alliance (Barbara Mason)
  8. [Baren 31787] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V36 #3617 (Sep 10, 2006) (Wanda Robertson)
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Message 1
From: "Lee Churchill"
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2006 08:14:48 -0600
Subject: [Baren 31780] Re: Sore Knuckles using Murasaki Baren
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For small prints, I'll often use my forefinger fingernail. It's versitile, easy to use and gets into tight spaces easily, plus I always know exactly how much pressure is being applied! :-D

>I was wondering with the talk about the variety of barens out there which
>one is a good enduro one. I have a press but am looking to other means of
>printing when I am camping and trekking.
>Later days,
>Double D
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Message 2
From: "Mike Lyon"
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2006 09:52:24 -0500
Subject: [Baren 31781] BarenForum five years ago today...
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Steve Goddard wrote off list this morning and asked whether I remembered
BarenForum five years ago today.

I really don't have ANY recollection of BarenForum five years ago today -
what I DO remember of that morning is this: I was driving over the Heart of
America Bridge on my way to an electric component supplier to find a
five-minute timer to control a UV exposure unit I was building to produce
relief matrices optically using laser-printed mylar (that gizmo never got
much use, actually) when my friend Jerry Vegder phoned and told me to turn
on my radio. The first tower had been hit and he was watching a live news
broadcast and simul-reporting to me as I drove. He said they thought a
small private plane had crashed into one of the towers, but the hole looked
a lot bigger to him than that and smoke was billowing and he was suffering
terribly as he considered how many people must just have perished when he
suddenly he began shouting to me as he watched a jet crash into the second
tower. It was shocking and too awful -- and we were worrying about how many
THOUSANDS must be trapped up there and - well, it was just HORRIBLE! I
don't think I visited Baren that day at all.

Just now I looked up the archive and read Steve's
thoughtful post and John Center's and Dan Dew's and Barbara Mason's and
Carol Lyons' and Jeanne Norman Chase's and Michael Schneider's and Brad
Schwartz's and Georga Garside's and others and. Remembered.

-- Mike

Mike Lyon
Kansas City, MO
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Message 3
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2006 09:02:47 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 31783] thanks Mike
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thanks for your reminder of 5 years ago today. Reading that archive sure brings is back solidly to mind.

Of course I have been on planes since without fear, well, only the normal fear of flying I always have. I am better since I discovered valium. I know why people took it to excess, it does seem to make flying as easy as driving to the supermarket.

Our life goes on. I think it is important as artists and humans for us to remember. It would be good to do another portfolio one day soon, say "Baren remembers 9-11" sort of a celebration of life and the strength of the human spirit. There were a lot of children who were too young to remember fathers that perished that day as well as many born the next year. It would be a testament to life. We can do it either on or off list...I will start looking for a venue to show it next 9-11 in my area and be happy to coordinate it.

I don't want to open any political can of worms here, so please no posts about war as we are all in stress most of the time. But I do think we can do this one positive thing and in so doing, heal one tiny area of our own hearts.
Best to all,
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Message 4
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2006 08:26:20 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 31782] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V36 #3617 (Sep 10, 2006)
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No, it is original prints. Some of the places they mentioned do printing of original work for artists. An artist that is well know but not a printmaker could go to one of these large print studios like Paragon and master printers would help them do a lithograph or an etching, then the artist gets some and Paragon would get some to sell as well. So they are producers as well as printers but they only deal in original work.
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Message 5
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2006 12:21:47 EDT
Subject: [Baren 31784] Re: BarenForum five years ago today...
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Five years ago today, 9/11/01
John Center wrote:

"not a day for art a day for anger and sad ness
I would propose a topic for a print the true heroes who gave there life

I WANT TO DO A PRINT FOR THE FIREMAN. These are heroes. I think we should
something for their families any one want to work on it"

John of the furry press

From Carol Lyons writing today, Sept. 11, 2006

-...and we did do woodblock prints "Remembering the Firemen of 911". It
was a benefit effort for the Firemen's Relief Fund. The first exhibit of the
series, consisting of prints of 23 of our Baren Members was held in Irvington
NY. For 2 weeks people came and viewed the overwhelming images.. More than
200, in fact 253 people wrote their comments in the response book. We should
all see this notebook. Volunteer sitters relieved me as we remained with
the prints for 2 weeks to explain or answer questions.
The prints travelled across the US, showing from here to the Chicago area
and to places in between until reaching CA. Organizers of those showings,
please tell us about your experiences.
When the exhibit was over in Irvington, I wondered what to do with the extra
prints. I made a list of my possible contacts. My first thought was the
NYC 5th Ave Library Print Collection. I went down to the Curator, Roberta
Waddell, and wanted to know what could be done with this moving series. She
said... "we want them for our Collection. This is where they belong, in NYC." A
heartfelt thank you for the collection followed from her.
The prints are in their locked Print Room. You need to go to the office and
fill out a form as an artist, curator , or researcher to get in. That's for
the protection of the vast valuable originals in the Collection.
As I write this the list being read on TV of victims of this evil lslamist
WTC Terrorist attack is up to "W". My sadness and rage continue.
Carol Lyons
Irvington, NY
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Message 6
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2006 09:41:22 -0700
Subject: [Baren 31785] Re: setting up a work space
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I don't know what height Barbara used, but I made my counters a little
higher than the kitchen which is more comfortable for me when rolling
out ink. I think you just have to guess what is most comfy for you.
Mine are 38" high and 34" deep. The depth just happens to be the same
dimension as the glass panel from a sliding glass door. You can make
the length accordingly, so that you come out with some multiple of a
door panel. That way you can buy all recycled glass which is a whole
lot cheaper than new and has the added advantage of being tempered and
the edges are rounded. I think each piece of glass was either $7 or
free, depending upon how I came across it. I wish I could claim that I
was smart enough to have planned the door panel bit, but alas! it was
yet another happy accident ~

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Message 7
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2006 11:03:49 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 31786] American Print Alliance
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If you already received this, sorry to send it twice.
Best to all,

Dear Printmakers, Papermakers and Book Artists,

Show your work and show the world our artists' concern for the

While I'm working on the Fall issue of the journal, the American Print
Alliance is accepting prints, paperworks and artists' books for our
open portfolio of work by subscribers and members of our allied
"Soap Box Prints: For a Cleaner Environment" will include landscapes,
cityscapes, seascapes, botanical prints, endangered species, commentary
conservation and preservation, consumption, pollution, global warming,
genetic diversity, etc. Non-toxic and less-toxic methods and materials
highly encouraged. Send (or drop off at the MAPC conference or Print
Dialogue Day) two impressions: one for sale to benefit Alliance
one to travel in the exhibition - available with no venue fee to
environmental groups. Deadline: November 15. Please read the full
and download the entry form at our website,

The "September 11 Memorial Portfolio" of 445 donated prints and works
paper is now on view in New York City. The VanDeb Editions Gallery is
14th venue. Shown at hospitals, high schools and neighborhood centers
well as college and university galleries, our artwork - presented all
together - has had a tremendous effect on thousands and thousands of
Please participate in the "Soap Box Prints" portfolio and encourage
colleagues and students to take part, too. Help make this an
and inspiring outpouring of concern for our world and a call for

Will you be in the southeast in October? You're invited! The Alliance's
Print Dialogue Day will be October 14 at the University of Tennessee at
Chattanooga. Our annual Saturday get-together, filled with conversation
demos, has been a regular event in and around Georgia since 1997.
is invited to help create a closer sense of community among the area's
printmakers, including students in print and design arts, our future
professional colleagues. Free, suggested donation $10, students $5. All
attendees are encouraged to participate in the "Free for All"
exchange (paper size 4 x 6", bring 12 and take home 10 different
For the day's schedule and driving directions, see the Calendar in our
Resources section at (direct link Please
to so we can plan enough coffee and bagels.

I'm looking forward to seeing you and your prints!

American Print Alliance
non-profit consortium of printmakers' councils
302 Larkspur Turn, Peachtree City GA 30269
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Message 8
From: Wanda Robertson
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2006 11:19:52 -0700
Subject: [Baren 31787] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V36 #3617 (Sep 10, 2006)
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I think the discussions at the bottom of the blog are even more
informative than the blog itself. Very interesting discussion. I have
had gallery owners (!) tell me (when I tell them I'm a printmaker)
that "they only deal in original art". What? Perhaps it is the
eternal confusion between the word "print" and the word "reproduction".
Which IMHO is deliberately confused by the "reproductionists" !