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From: Margot Rocklen
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 03:14:26 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45635] Marilyn
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Marilyn, I too want to join in offering you my condolences on the loss of your husband and soul mate.

Margot Rocklen

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Subject: Trouble In Paradise

This item is taken from the blog Against the grain.
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Subject: It begins at the salvage yard
Posted by: Elizabeth Busey

Our family motto is "How hard can it be?" With this perspective we have embarked on many adventures: from renting an auger and cleaning out our own sewer (you shouldn't) to learning to survive a dangerous hike in the Italian Alps (sing show tunes loudly to combat fear.)

Four and a half years ago, "How hard can it be?" got me my first press. As I've detailed in a past post, my husband built it for me out of recycled steel. Friday I received an e-mail l that I am a recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the state of Indiana. In the grant I described how I wanted to expand my press to accomodate larger work. I have one year to use the funds, so we began immediately.

When does art begin at the salvage yard?

Although it was Friday afternoon, we rushed to our local salvage yard to look for a pipe. A special pipe -- 7 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick. Most pipes are only 1/4 inch. In the searing Indiana sun, we carefully picked our way through the rusted metal, dodging opportunities for a tetanus shot, finally finding the perfect pipe.

A miracle -- the one we want is on top!
We only need part of the pipe, so the salvage yard folks cut off two pieces. Here they are -- still warm -- ready to be loaded into our minivan. The new rollers won't be quite this long -- we will need to trim down the messy edges left by the torch.

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This item is taken from the blog The World in Relief.
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Subject: First unit of Mokuhanga instruction at mi-lab

Aurora, Venus, Moon over Lake Superior mokuhanga


Over the past few days Miyadera (Reita, first name) from Tokyo Art University (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku) has given us an overview to cutting and introduction to printing. The instructions started with the names and use of the cutting tools and we cut a block of shina with them. The idea was to cut various types of shapes and hard vs soft edges. Miyadera-san made himself available to all of the students and Kadota-san (Keiko) translated where necessary. She was particularly careful to be the translator and not answer questions, even those that she knew the answer to, thereby confirming Miyadera-san as the teacher.

I was able to get the feel of the Hangi-to quite well by working with it with Miyadera-san right there on several difficult cuts. For example, making a small circle (image of the planet venus in attached print) is done with a lot of small straight cuts (straight line approximation in engineer talk). He also patiently worked with me to achieve ‘soft’ lines like the ones that are needed to show distant objects in a realistic priint.

Aurora photo taken in Montreal River ON from which hanga was made

After making a print for the purpose of getting us familiar with the tools of cutting and the process of printing Miyadera-san showed . . .
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This item is taken from the blog Lake Superior Woodblock Prints.
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