Today's postings

  1. [Baren 43422] RE: New Baren Digest Lea prints (Guadalupe Victorica)
  2. [Baren 43423] only block prints (Marilynn Smith)
  3. [Baren 43424] visit to publisher matsukyu (Linda Beeman)
  4. [Baren 43425] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Guadalupe Victorica
Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2011 18:48:47 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43422] RE: New Baren Digest Lea prints
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Hello Lea your art works are very nice and the paper looks great.

Saludos, Guadalupe
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Message 2
From: Marilynn Smith
Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2011 19:16:02 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43423] only block prints
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It is not true that Baren only accepts block prints. If you treat a
collagraph like a relief print it will be accepted. I did a puzzle
collagraph that I rolled up like a relief print for the map exchange
and had no problem with it being accepted. Your work is very
interesting and inventive. However it is not relief printing if I
understand your method correctly.

Marilynn Smith
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Message 3
From: Linda Beeman
Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2011 21:42:27 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43424] visit to publisher matsukyu
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Greetings again from Kyoto! Yesterday some opportunities were available for the IMHC attendees. One was to visit the publisher Matsukyu. Please excuse my ignorance as I write about this because it was a little confusing for me with techniques, history and then mixed in with English interpreter. I was humbled to be in such a place and realize again how little I know. The experience was a unique privilege as this gentleman does not ordinarily open for visitors. We were offered the tea ceremony which was a wonderful experience. The sweet was served on an actual print made to coordinate with the tea room. Each room was coordinated in every detail. It reminded me of the craftsman style in many ways and Wm. Morris. Wonderful!!

His father began collecting moku hanga work of many historical periods and created a museum on the 3rd floor.
We were also taken to the showroom of the shops work and allowed to purchase. (I did!) I gathered it's more of an internet business. The website is if you'd like to check it out.

There is a slideshow available at if you'd like to see it. The link is long but here it is.

The technique kira-zuri was talked about and I'm sorry that I can't tell you exactly what it means but maybe Dave can chime in.
What appealed most to me was the use of, and I may have this wrong, animal glue mixed with a finely crushed shell to give a subtle sheen. I think mica was also involved? The work was more beautiful in candlelight but was pretty stunning just in daylight. Some of the photos show this.

Today the conference starts but I have had a lot of fun exploring Kyoto the past several days!

Linda Beeman

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Subject: Woodblock Webcam - it starts to get crazy ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

OK, I really don't know about this one, but ... let's press ahead ...

If you've followed this RoundTable recently, you will have read about the major improvements in the Woodblock Webcam - namely, the upgrade to full motion video (provided by the Ustream service). This has transformed the experience for the viewers from a kind of 'curiosity' - a simple snapshot of the workbench - to a very useful and practical tool. I'm already getting feedback from people overseas making prints who have 'learned by watching', so there is no question that this upgrade has been worthwhile.

The Webcam is of course inherently a one-way view. I broadcast. People watch (and listen). This morning though, a couple of overseas viewers and I made an experiment to see if we could take this thing to 'another level'.

(entry continues here ...)

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Subject: Into the light....
Posted by: Sue

...come the details. The pillar, the ivy, the grass. And a hint of audience seated further round the auditorium. I should get an earlier start on the block tomorrow, I wonder how far I'll get?

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