Today's postings

  1. [Baren 44787] back on thursday! ("jerise")
  2. [Baren 44788] Re: exhibition of baren xchanges. (key sevn)
  3. [Baren 44789] Re: exhibition of baren xchanges. ("Graham S.")
  4. [Baren 44790] Chinese new year cards (Marilynn Smith)
  5. [Baren 44791] Baren Exchange Prints Show in Poland (Gayle Wohlken)
  6. [Baren 44792] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "jerise"
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 13:08:29 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44787] back on thursday!
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Hi! I will be away from the computer until Thursday, Dec 22. I'll get back to you as soon as possible after that!

Thanks, and happy holidays!
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Message 2
From: key sevn
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 14:30:35 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44788] Re: exhibition of baren xchanges.
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I posted few photos from the baren woodcut exhibition in Olsztyn. enjoy.
Thank you so much for the participation.

and MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone.

2011/11/22 key sevn

> btw the exhibit is going to happen in 16th december.
> I will publish pictures from opening.
> I hope everything will be ok.
> 2011/11/17 Clive Lewis
>> What a beautiful city, Olek!!! An amazing collection of art galleries
>> and cultural events; castles, lakes... beautiful!!!
>> Clive
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Message 3
From: "Graham S."
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:05:33 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44789] Re: exhibition of baren xchanges.
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What a great show! Thanks!
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Message 4
From: Marilynn Smith
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:14:07 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44790] Chinese new year cards
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Speaking of New year cards, my rabbit has been hopping off the press.
Unfortunately it will be spring before they are mailed, that is when I
can mail them from my US home town. I already have a dragon drawn on
my plate for next year. It seems I will finally catch up!

Merry Christmas to every one.

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Message 5
From: Gayle Wohlken
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 20:41:20 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44791] Baren Exchange Prints Show in Poland
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Olek, the show looks good! I saw my Magicicada Septendecim behind you in one of the photos :-)


Digest Appendix

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

Subject: Paper chase: Laughing Gull linocut
Posted by: Sherrie Y

Many long minutes now my fingers have hovered over the keyboard.

I'm waiting. Not for an idea, but for the passing of an idea. I'm trying desperately to resist the urge to continue the bad-relationship metaphor of my previous post. But it's so tempting.

I have, after all, recently released myself from the tyranny of a once-loved-paper-turned-desperado. I am free to shop around... to flirt with all sorts of interesting-looking sheets.... Oh, let's not go there.

A little background for anyone who's just tuning in: For several years I've printed by hand on a domestically-available hand-made sheet called Hosho "Pro." I liked this paper for several reasons:
1) It's bright white,
2) It has both a smooth side and a "felt" side,
3) It comes in a handy size (19 x 24 inches),
4) It's a good thickness for printing by hand
5) It's readily available and
6) It's reasonably priced.

In the last year or so, however, I've started to notice some changes. The paper has been less consistent in thickness, both from sheet to sheet within a batch and from one end to the other of an individual sheet. There have been more brush hairs and other remnants of non-paper "stuff" in the sheets. It has become more difficult to tell smooth surface from felt surface. And the final blow: The paper has been shedding fibers everywhere during printing- soft, linty fibers that gum up ink and rollers and interfere with ink adhesion. In some cases the paper even pulled apart when I peeled it back from the block after burnishing. Not good.

So it's time to find a new "favorite paper." I've ordered a few sheets each of several different papers and for the small (7" x 5") image I'm working on now I'm trying three of them: Rives lightweight, Canson Johannot, and Awagami Kozo.

Two passes down, one light blue solid and then the blended blue roll. Papers, left to right in the image above: Rives Lightweight, Canson Johannot, Awagami Kozo.

The first thing I noticed is that NONE of these papers shed fiber. Thank goodness.

The Johannot's chief appeal is that it's the whitest of the three papers. It is also the thickest and sports the most texture... two features which do not appeal. More on this later.

Sorry, didn't pay attention to order of papers. These are now, left to right,
Kozo, Johannot, Rives lightweight. I'll try to be consistent from here on out.

The third color pass was done during my demonstration at Abend Gallery last weekend, and it's here that things really started to get interesting. All of the papers showed some texture in the first color passes, but look at how little pigment made it on to the Johannot (center), even after three passes. These were all inked and baren-rubbed the same way. In fact, they were printed in the order in which they appear here... so it's not like I started with too little ink on the Johannot sheets. (I even rubbed the Johannot sheets harder than the others, but could only get this light ink transfer.)

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This item is taken from the blog Brush and Baren.
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Subject: Wonderfully Made at the Waldron
Posted by: Elizabeth Busey

This December I have had the privilege of exhibiting my work at the IVY Tech John Waldron Arts Center's main gallery in Bloomington, Indiana.  I displayed my work according to the organizing principle of pattern.  One area was for spirals, another for branching, and another for cells.  Everyone has their own reasoning about why the natural world develops with such beauty, complexity and interrelatedness.  No matter whether the explanation is spiritual or scientific ? either way, the world is "wonderfully made".

I brought two blocks for people to see and touch.  It was fun to challenge visitors to discover which block made which print.

As an unexpected bonus, I was allowed to use the gallery's "vault."  At one time this building was Bloomington's City Hall.  I used the space to display a collage series that highlights the plants and textures of Indiana woodlands in early spring.

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This item is taken from the blog The World in Relief.
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