Today's postings

  1. [Baren 35619] Re: Southern Graphics Council (Dan Allegrucci)
  2. [Baren 35620] Re: Southern Graphics Council (Shireen Holman)
  3. [Baren 35621] art show question ("Lori Biwer-Stewart")
  4. [Baren 35622] London exhibition (Jennifer Martindale)
  5. [Baren 35623] solarplates toxicity ("Eva Pietzcker")
  6. [Baren 35624] Re: London exhibition (David Harrison)
  7. [Baren 35625] Re: solarplates toxicity (Charles Morgan)
  8. [Baren 35626] Re: solarplates toxicity ("Browder, Tina")
  9. [Baren 35627] Re: solarplates toxicity (Barbara Mason)
  10. [Baren 35628] Re: solarplates toxicity (Peter Kocak)
  11. [Baren 35629] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Dan Allegrucci
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 06:43:09 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 35619] Re: Southern Graphics Council
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Great photos from SGC! Between your and Annie's coverage, I almost feel like I was there. I definitely will be there next year! It was great to see the Cannonball Press stuff. I am big fan of that group.
Dan Allegrucci

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Message 2
From: Shireen Holman
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 09:55:05 -0400
Subject: [Baren 35620] Re: Southern Graphics Council
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April, really nice photos! It sounds as though it was a great
conference. I'm sorry I missed it.


Shireen Holman, Printmaker and Book Artist
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Message 3
From: "Lori Biwer-Stewart"
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 10:11:45 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: [Baren 35621] art show question
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Hello Barener,
I have been showing my prints in outdoor art festivals for years now using
an E-Z up tent. It has served me well since I only do about 8 shows during
the summer, but I'm tired of worrying about the weather and if my little
canopy (and my artwork) will survive. I've been looking into the
Light-Dome and Finale Canopy. My concern is if this is a canopy that I
could put up by myself if I had to. I'm hoping that those of you that have
a nicer canopy could give me some input. Thanks!

Lori Biwer-Stewart
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Message 4
From: Jennifer Martindale
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 16:34:30 +0100
Subject: [Baren 35622] London exhibition
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The British Museum in London is showing a very well reviewed exhibition of American printmaking. Called 'The American Scene: Prints from Hopper to Pollock it runs until September 7. - 27k The website shows some examples. Amazingly the show is all from the BM's own collection.
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Message 5
From: "Eva Pietzcker"
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 17:36:16 +0200
Subject: [Baren 35623] solarplates toxicity
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Dear bareners,

as you are discussing solarplates I would like to ask the ones who are working with them if they know how toxic they are. I could not get clear information from the manufacturer toyobo. Many people call them non-toxic in comparison with working with acid but as I am informed all these photo-emulsions contain very harmful things, and I think that the idea of the solarplates is that they are developed in machines when used industrial, but not with your nose over a tray as most artist do, inhaling the fumes which I think smell really bad.

Thank you in advance, and kind regards--



Eva Pietzcker

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Message 6
From: David Harrison
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 16:53:28 +0100
Subject: [Baren 35624] Re: London exhibition
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Thanks, Jennifer! I've booked a 'clients can get stuffed' day for next week in
order to pop down to London and take a look :-)

It's not too surprising that the BM has a large American Print holding -- the
major print-happy museums over here collaborate so that each hold collections
mainly from a region or two. Saves 'em competing for the same acquisitions,
and makes it easier for exhibitions, research, etc. The Ashmolean in Oxford
concentrates on German and far Eastern, some of the others specialise in
French, Italian, and so on. Not a bad system so long as the exhibitions go on
tour to other areas.


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Message 7
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 09:39:22 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 35625] Re: solarplates toxicity
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Solarplate is just one brand of photopolymer plate. Photopolymer plates are made by putting a photopolymer emulsion onto a backing plate, usually of thin metal. The photopolymer material is similar to the emulsuons used for photopolymer screen printing. The toxicity depends a great deal on the chemical composition of the photopolymer material. I was unable to track down quickly an MSDS sheet specifically on solarplate. But here are some MSDS sheets on various types of photopolymer emulsions:

It does not appear that the stuff is dangerously toxic. It can harm you if you get it in your eyes or have prolonged exposure to skin. Individual sensitivities vary, and some may experience eye or respiratory irritation from the fumes.

If anyone knows of an MSDS sheet specifically on solarplate, it would be useful to post it.

Cheers ..... Charles
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Message 8
From: "Browder, Tina"
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 11:51:24 -0500
Subject: [Baren 35626] Re: solarplates toxicity
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Here is a link to the MSDS sheet for the Solarplates that we sell at Dick Blick.

If that doesn't work you can go to the product page, scroll down the page and look for this icon

These plates are listed as non-hazardous.
In my experience there isn't much in the way of fumes, but if you are going
to be working in a small space you should make sure it is ventilated. I wear
gloves when I work with the Solarplates because I have sensitive skin.
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Message 9
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 12:50:43 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 35627] Re: solarplates toxicity
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Solarplates wash out with ordinary tap water..there
are no fumes at all as far as I can tell. I use a tub
with several inches of water in it and submerge the
plate, using a soft brush to scrub out the image. I
toss the water into the rocks outside my studio but
many put it down the sink with no problems at all. ( I
do not have running water so that is a problem for me)
I do not put my hands in the water as like you, I
don't know exactly what is in the emulsion. However,
if one wears gloves I think it is very safe. I caution
my students to do the never know.
I think it is the safest of processes next to
water-based Japanese woodblock.
My best to all
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Message 10
From: Peter Kocak
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 13:26:49 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 35628] Re: solarplates toxicity
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dear Barbara,
just right now I bought some pieces of Solars, just cant imagine how can the water do the copper deeper for prinring ??:-))
or it due only in emulsion or under them, not into copperplate?

Peter Kock
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Message 11
From: Blog Manager
Date: 12 Apr 2008 03:55:32 -0000
Subject: [Baren 35629] 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. (45 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: The Itinerant Artist

Author: Diane Cutter


Site Name: From the studio window

Author: Sue
Item: Taking it slowly......


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