Today's postings

  1. [Baren 34508] Re: Craft fairs (Sue Woollatt)
  2. [Baren 34509] Re: James Mundie News ("James Mundie")
  3. [Baren 34510] Re: Happy Birthday Baren ! (Peter Kocak)
  4. [Baren 34511] Woodblock Print Books on eBay. ("Mark Mason")
  5. [Baren 34512] RE: Craft fairs ("Maria Arango")
  6. [Baren 34513] Re: Happy Birthday Baren ! (Diane Cutter)
  7. [Baren 34514] Re: Happy Birthday Baren ! (Barbara Mason)
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Message 1
From: Sue Woollatt
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 14:47:15 +0000
Subject: [Baren 34508] Re: Craft fairs
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Hi Harry,
and well done braving the chill to do the craft fair. I think it's a
very special type of cold we have in Lincolnshire that whips in off the
fens and finds all the bits you thought were well-wrapped! It looks as
if the old hall was decked out in festive finery; lovely! Just the sort
of setting to show off the crafts and to impress and inspire the
youngsters. I'm glad it went so well.

I've not done much printing recently; I need a new durathene roller
refill as I've been using a rubber brayer on my engravings and it just
isn't up to scratch. So I'm saving for a durathene one to fit an old
brass frame I have. But not to worry, to keep things rolling (haha) I'm
busy hacking out the background of my doggy block...very hard work on
the wrist and slow, I can tell you! I saw in my Thames and Hudson 'Wood
Engraving' manual that the cut away bit should be about an eighth of an
inch below the printing surface. Flippin' eck, I'm only half way down!
I'm pretty sure that from now on I'll be making sure my designs don't
have too much white to cut away.

Also I've been finishing off a little wobbly block of a cottage (wobbly
because I bought some block offcuts from Lawrences to play with) and am
planning my next design too. By the time I have got hold of a decent
roller I shall have at least three blocks to print. Hopefully this will
coincide with Christmas week when I can have a week off to play. Hooray!

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Message 2
From: "James Mundie"
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 10:43:21 -0500
Subject: [Baren 34509] Re: James Mundie News
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Gayle wrote:

> James, a wee bairn, did you say? Well, gosh, that's as exciting news as any I can imagine.

Oh yes, exciting and terrifying all rolled up in one little package. :-D
Kate had her 20-week ultrasound yesterday and everything seems to be percolating just fine.

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> >
> A lovely, lyrical print! I imagine you did a lot of needling on that. Are you still working in pine?

Thanks! But there's no needle work in either of these, just straight cutting with a razor. Everything you see is achieved with line.

Yep, still working on pine. The two boards I used for these prints had been curing in the studio for several years, so they were a real pleasure to cut. The latter had a big wide 'pitchy' area of tight hard grain, so it was almost like cutting hardwood.

Louise asked, in regards to

> What creates the pattern or texture of cuts in the self portrait?

Just cutting, m'dear. The print is based on a tiny ID photo snapped on my last visit to the National Museum of Health and Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC. I greatly enjoyed the way the nearly random dots resolved into a likeness, so I decided to play with that here. Due to the nature of the board itself, you'll also see hints of it's grain peeking through here and there.

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Message 3
From: Peter Kocak
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 08:14:21 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 34510] Re: Happy Birthday Baren !
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Ough! I did not knew that so long it is realy so active in woodcutting art now! Happy Birthday! and - I am so glad to find this Baren people for all I need to see and make in woodcut now,

Peter Kocák
alias Pietrocelli=Marukiboshi=The bridge made of fallen tree=japanese nick
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Message 4
From: "Mark Mason"
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 16:27:15 -0000
Subject: [Baren 34511] Woodblock Print Books on eBay.
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Hi all,

Here are a couple of links to woodblock print books I've on ebay at the moment. Eager friends caused a double up my copies, so I'm selling them in time for Christmas.

As a bit of a Baren Birthday present, or early Christmas present, if any Baren Forum member from the UK wins either book I'll send it with free Post and Packing, and any member outside the UK, I'll discount the P&P by 50%.

Woodblock Print Making by Toshi Yoshida:

Woodblock Printing by Frank Morley-Fletcher.

Cheers, Mark.
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Message 5
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 08:31:17 -0800
Subject: [Baren 34512] RE: Craft fairs
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Welcome to "the field"!!!
No fair quitting after just one, though (pun intended). Gotta find those
greater fine art festivals and watch the glorious spectacle of 300,000
people walking about on a three-day weekend.
I will be in Tempe Arizona on my last festival for a whole year next weekend
and it is one of "those". A veritable zoo, includes the local Order of
Police walking up and down Mill Avenue playing bag pipes. And, of course the
dude who plays percussion for three days non-stop using only plastic
bottles, tin cans and other "found objects." Various other street performers
of the interesting kind, about 600 artists scattered through the entire
downtown in our neat rows of white tents...glorious!!!

Did I mention we're expecting rain and cold? Just remember, what doesn't
kill you makes you stronger.

Maria, hoping to survive and thrive in the last festival of 2007!

Maria Arango
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Message 6
From: Diane Cutter
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 08:43:15 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 34513] Re: Happy Birthday Baren !
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Thank you, Julio, for reminding us of the origins of Baren. I love this forum with all the energy of such wonderful printmakers. I'm sure many others are like myself... relatively isolated from an active art community and working alone at printmaking. I've found Baren to be an fabulous inspiration. The combination of dedicated Board members, fantastic print exchanges, the recent Baren Summit, and the information archive has made me a much better printer.

My thanks to Dave and all the others who had the foresight and generosity to get this forum started...

A question aside... Are there any plans for another Baren Summit? I heard rumors of something happening in San Antonio in 2008... truth or rumor?

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Message 7
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 10:54:41 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 34514] Re: Happy Birthday Baren !
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Le Green was talking about hosting it but she has left
her job as director of Stonemetal press, so I think we
might need to find another organizer for the next
summit. Someone suggested the Anderson Ranch...isn't
that in Colorado? what about Albuquerque? Seems there
are a lot of places we might like to visit with enough
notice... Las Vegas was mentioned at one time and
others. Seems like there is no end to the places
bareners are situated and great cities we could go to.
best to all