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  1. [Baren 38246] Exchanges Update! ("Maria Arango")
  2. [Baren 38247] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2009 01:51:21 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38246] Exchanges Update!
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Exchange #39 should be on its way back to participants...but it isn't, no
fault of our incredible coordinator's efforts.
Deadline was February 1st.
PLEASE PLEASE people, let's make a big attempt to observe these deadlines a
bit closer as it is now nearly four weeks past the deadline.
Turn over a new leaf this year and let's get prints in on time to make
everyone happy and allow coordinators to plan their life with some semblance
of schedule.


Exchange #40 now well on its way. Everyone should be printing heartily?!
Yes! Good!
Drop out deadline is April 1st so if you do not think you can complete these
by the deadline, please bow out gracefully and let someone else participate.
Deadline for finished prints is May 1st.

Submit your exchange details as soon as you have your prints completed.
And (optional) order a beautiful folio case to keep your exchanges:
I use these even for non-Baren exchanges.

Happy printing everyone!
Maria, Exchange Manager

       Maria Arango

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Postings made on [Baren] members' blogs
over the past 24 hours ...

Subject: Spring Sale : Spring Fuji!
Posted by: Dave Bull

The 'Summer Sale' that I held for a few weeks last year - featuring one special print - was quite successful, so perhaps it's time for another one. But we won't wait until August, we'll have it right now, while the plum blossoms are in bloom here in Ome!

We'll do the same thing we did last time; I'll choose one design from among the prints that I normally only distribute in set form, and make it available as a single item. It's 'Spring Fuji', a design by Teisai Hokuba, a pupil of Hokusai.

This is the first of the 24 prints included in my Hanga Treasure Chest, and there is an interesting reason why it is this print in particular that was chosen for this sale.

In December 2004 I was in incredible time pressure on my work. I was wrapping up the printing on the last of the four prints in my Beauties of Four Seasons series, while at the same time getting ready to launch the new Treasure Chest series (and do all the preparation and publicity for the January exhibition). On top of all this, I had to cut and print a few hundred copies of a design for a new year greeting print. It was all getting to be a bit much, and I came up with the idea of doing a 'double print' - cutting a 'two-up' set of blocks that would include both the new year design and the first print in the Treasure Chest.

This wasn't an original concept; making such combined blocks was very common in the old days, especially with smaller prints like this. Sometimes the same design was cut side by side, and sometimes different designs. When that was the case, they were usually selected to use similar colours, and this would really save time in the printing.

I went ahead with it, and cut this set of blocks (the back sides are also used, but not shown here):

One half is this Spring Fuji print, and the other half is the Leaping Carp, which was my new year greeting print that year. Here's a shot taken part way through the printing, with the two prints visible on one sheet of paper:

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Subject: Keystone Spit
Posted by: Kris Wiltse

Keystone Spit is out the door. This panel will probably be installed sometime this summer.

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