Today's postings

  1. [Baren 40570] Re: Papers and Catalogs (Jürgen Stieler)
  2. [Baren 40571] Buncefield Oil Depot Fire ("Ellen Shipley")
  3. [Baren 40572] Exchange 44 signups (Kristine Alder)
  4. [Baren 40573] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Jürgen Stieler
Date: Thu, 04 Feb 2010 16:55:26 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40570] Re: Papers and Catalogs
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Nothing to do with woodblock printing, but something similar I want to
mention that I commemorated a tragedy (the biggest fire in England after
WW II, fortunately nobody had died):
In 2005 there was a big explosion in in the Buncefield Oil Depot in
Hemel Hempstead, near London, England.

I have been impressed by the bravery and dedication of the firefighters.
I wanted to commemorate this event with a piece of graphic art and asked
the hemel hempstead firestation for some objects from the scene for my
special kind of artwork (some kind of "securing of evidence" or traces).
Also I sent them some CDs and asked them to scratch those "printing
plates" on the scene. The traces that arrived reminded me by their smell
of a damage-control-course I took in the navy some 30 years ago, when I
tried to extinguish burning oil and diesel, felt the heat under my
protection gear, blind by the black smoke... It must have been hell.

I used the remedies, twig, wire etc to be seen here:

to design the picture in a soft grounded copperplate, used the soot to
make up an etching ink for the CDs and the result was a hand colored

I sent some prints to the Hemel Heampstead fire station and to the fire
fighter who was so kindly to collect the items and scratch the CDs for
me. One print had been given away by a lottery of the local newspaper.

The project was mentioned in the local British Press, but that special
online page is no longer available. schrieb:
> I want to say thank you again to Dean of Graphic Chemical, who came
> forward to donate paper for those 25 members the Baren
> "Remember the Firemen of 911" series, the idea of John Center..That
> was in 2002.
> The prints were sold entirely for the benefit of the Firemen and
> travelled across the US.
> Then they were acquired by the NYC Public Library Print Collection.
> 20 of the images are in the virtual Museum --National September 11
> Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center.
> Carol Lyons
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Message 2
From: "Ellen Shipley"
Date: Thu, 04 Feb 2010 19:58:05 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40571] Buncefield Oil Depot Fire
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This is an amazing project full of emotion. I especially love that you made the ink from the soot. An awesome memorial.

Ellen Shipley
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Message 3
From: Kristine Alder
Date: Thu, 04 Feb 2010 23:23:58 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40572] Exchange 44 signups
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Hey Folks!

We still have a few openings left for Exchange 44. We'd like to get the sign up wrapped up and get a coordinator organized. If you've been debating with yourself about whether or not to join in, maybe now is the time to take the plunge! Yes, it is a three-color reduction print. There might be a slight fear factor if you are new to printmaking and haven't tried this method before, but set aside your fears, because making "suicide prints" is just so awesome! And there's no better way to learn than to just jump right in and do it! Don't be afraid to ask questions. We're here to support each other after all.

Kristine Alder and Mary Kuster

Baren Exchange Managers

Kristine Alder
St. George, UT
Art Educator/Printmaker/Book Artist/Graphic Design


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Subject: Lost Tribes of Israel
Posted by: Annie B


As American Evangelicals still believe today, the 17th century English Puritans believed that there could be only one true religion and that all others, including Indian religions, were false. Some Europeans questioned whether Indians had any religion at all, but most of those who observed the natives first hand acknowledged, "all feare some God, some God they worship all" (William Morrell). Many writers believed that the Indians were descended from the Lost Tribes of Israel, so they searched for traces of Biblical knowledge in Indian consciousness. They were convinced that it was "meerly through ignorance of God and Christ" that the Indians ran headlong "into distruccion and perpetuall damnation" (John Rolfe) and that all the Indians needed was to see examples of Christianity to draw them from their paganism.

Indians were indeed intrigued with Christianity, and a number of them converted, but not always in the ways that the missionaries hoped. For the most part, America's natives maintained control of their own Christianity, appropriating Christian doctrine and ritual and integrating it into their own ways of worship and ordaining their own clergy.

I printed the tree, the ship, and the Indian hellfire block separately, using acetate to mask unwanted areas such as the right hand portion of the ship.

The last thing left to do is print the Bible text.

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