Today's postings

  1. [Baren 40416] Re: bamboo this! ("Maria Arango Diener")
  2. [Baren 40417] Re: bamboo this! (David Bull)
  3. [Baren 40418] hakobi ("Maria Arango Diener")
  4. [Baren 40419] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "Maria Arango Diener"
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2010 22:20:10 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40416] Re: bamboo this!
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I will take pictures...even of the yoga pose!

More calmly today, I see my biggest mistake(s) were:
-too much soaking, as pointed out; I tend to overwater everything because of
the climate here but I will use more restrain in the future
-the skins were very old, I've had them for over five years in a drawer and
they were very dried out
-not enough initial stretching (the skins, not me)
-not enough "stone" work so I have some ridges left
-didn't hold the baren down hard enough against my dedicated board whilst
tying, thus the loosie effect

However, today my baren looks even better all dried and oiled and actually
feels pretty tight. I "tested" it with some prints and it's a bit rough but
with a protective paper, prints just fine...and no cracks so far.


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Message 2
From: David Bull
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2010 22:55:51 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40417] Re: bamboo this!
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Maria wrote:
> However, today my baren looks even better all dried and oiled and
> actually
> feels pretty tight.

Yes, this is very interesting ... at the moment we finish tying it, we
usually end up thinking that it looks kind of crummy, but come back a
couple of hours later, and it looks a lot better.

And it sometimes then seems just too hard and tight to use, but after
a couple of dozen prints have gone by, it slides into such a nice
condition ... too bad we can't 'freeze' it at that point!

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Message 3
From: "Maria Arango Diener"
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2010 01:00:33 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40418] hakobi
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Well, with all those poor abused skins laying about, I decided to make
myself some hakobi brushes.

THANK YOU Himi and Fumi (did I get those right?) for the cutest instructions
I have ever read in my life.

It was very satisfying to make some hakobi and now I have a wide variety to
choose from, long skinny ones, big fat ones, tiny ones, with handles,
without handles...

Incidentally, a cat brush works great for "combing" the skin pieces out of
the fibers.

Maria, having fun again



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Subject: Hiratsuka Unichi - Ancient Art Podcast
Posted by: Julio

Episode 27 explores the art and life of one of the most influential 20th century Japanese woodblock print artists, Hiratsuka Un'ichi, including prints recently on view at the Art Institute of Chicago. A pioneer of the early 20th century Japanese Creative Print movement (sosaku hanga), Hiratsuka is steeped in ancient Japanese spiritual and visual traditions, while strongly influenced by the evolving culture of early 20th century Japan. Discover how Hiratsuka Un'ichi broke the rules of the rigidly predefined role of woodblock carver and inspired a new generation of artists.

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Subject: Now What...
Posted by: Phare-Camp

Did my final review for the MFA (master's in fine art degree) in December. The degree was awarded. I presented the following 8 cards and several recent derivative works.

Buzzed 36x48" Mixed Media Encaustic Painting (unfinished)

Calaca 2009 8.5x8.5" Collagraph Plate

Magus II 16x20" Mixed Media Encaustic Painting

Foolish Mandala 36x48" Mixed Media Acrylic Painting

this is by no means the end. I intended this project to be the beginning of a life work. Really -- there are 78 cards in a tarot deck, there is no way I could complete that in a year and a half! I do intend to complete 10 editions of 78 cards! In the next few month I plan to re-work the fool and the magus while I research and design the rest of the major arcana. . . .
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Subject: New year and other projects.
Posted by: Alynn Guerra

I had the best time organizing the Dead End exhibit, we received 54 prints from 28 artists from 8 states, I met a lot of really nice printmakers and print buyers as well.At the end I was unable to create a website but I put together a webpage with all the prints from the exhibit.Two weeks after that we had yet an other event; the Tanglefoot 19 open studio Holiday sale, where all the artist

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