Today's postings

  1. [Baren 45557] Iwano Paper Factory (Annie Bissett)
  2. [Baren 45558] Re: Iwano Paper Factory (Barbara Mason)
  3. [Baren 45559] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Annie Bissett
Date: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 16:25:43 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45557] Iwano Paper Factory
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Hello Bareners,

Hiromi Paper in California has posted some beautiful photos and video of Iwano Paper Factory in Echizen Japan on their blog.

Scroll back to the previous post to see photos from a visit to another papermaker in Mino, Gifu Prefecture.

~ Annie
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Message 2
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 17:08:24 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45558] Re: Iwano Paper Factory
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Thanks Annie,
I think we never tire of seeing this process and are always amazed at how much physical work is involved in making the paper we love
My best

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Subject: End of an era ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

The first impressions of the first print in my project to re-create the complete series of Katsukawa Shunsho's designs for the Hyakunin Issho (100 Poems from 100 Poets) came off the blocks on the 7th of January 1989. This was - coincidentally - the same day that the Showa Emperor died, the opening of a new era for Japan, the Heisei Era. According to my plans and calculations, it would take me probably ten years of work before reaching the final impression of the 100th print.

As things turned out, it was a pretty turbulent ten years. Not only was Japan coming down from the famous 'Bubble' era, my own life too took many twists and turns during that time, with my divorce coming early in the series, and some years later, my children moving over to Canada to continue their education in the more suitable environment there.

But although there were good years and there were difficult years, I kept steadily at it, no matter what else was happening around me, and work proceeded pretty much exactly as planned, with the 100th print finished in mid-December of 1998, exactly ten years after the first one.

(entry continues here ...)

This item is taken from the blog Woodblock RoundTable.
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Subject: Mixed Feelings #3: Drowning
Posted by: Annie B


Japanese-method woodblock (moku hanga) with transfer drawing
Image size: 10.25" x 17" (26 x 43 cm)
Paper size: 12.5" x 19" (63.5 x 98 cm)
Paper: Shikoku White
Edition: 10

Rich or poor, we're all wet. This print is the third in a series that examines cliches we have about money that use the same metaphor for both wealth and poverty.

The print was made with two blocks of wood. I first used an uncarved block to lay down a couple of layers of blue, then I carved the mountain forms on another block and printed that in a blueish gray. I returned to the uncarved block and added the words "Swimming in cash" and printed that block on top of all of it with another blue-gray tone.

This item is taken from the blog woodblock dreams.
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