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[Baren] Exchange #19... SHUNGA


Details of [Baren Exchange 19]
  • Medium: woodblock print (hand rubbed or pulled on a press, B&W or colour, any pigments, any paper)
  • Theme: Shunga. The original "pillow book" theme for this exchange was proposed by John Center during the Baren Summit in Kansas City. It seemed to generate a lot of interest at the Summit and broad support on the forum. 'Shunga' is a Japanese word meaning 'spring picture' (erotic art). Among the earliest types of Japanese woodblock prints, shunga were first common in the 17th century and remained popular through the present day. Frequently described as 'sex manuals', 'courtesan critiques', shunga depicted highly explicit scenes of physical love. The participants were only rarely pictured completely naked. Although male/female couples were the usual fare, women with women, men with men, men with boys, and larger groups were not uncommon.

  • Paper: chu-ban about 10 x 7 1/2 inches (25.4 x 19 cm). Note: in previous exchanges the coordinators have had many problems with prints that don't fit the cases, so this time we must emphasize - prints that do not meet the published specification will be rejected from the exchange and returned to the maker. No exceptions.
  • Paper type: no restriction
  • Registration period: One month starting October 1, 2003 (or until 30 participants are enrolled)
  • Work period: Three months starting November 1
  • Deadline for finished prints: February 1st, 2004
  • A page of guidelines (can we call them 'rules'?) for participants has been set up here. Please read them over before deciding whether or not to apply for participation. Prints that do not meet the published specification will be rejected from the exchange and returned to the maker. No exceptions.
[Baren Exchange 19]
(Messages from the coordinator will appear as required at the bottom of this page)


[Baren Exchange 19] participants:

    1. Gayle Wohlken
    2. Ray Hudson
    3. Jim Mundie
    4. John Furr
    5. Colleen Corradi
    6. Lana Lambert
    7. April Vollmer
    8. Dimitris Grammatikopulos
    9. David Mohallatee
    10. Shirlene Delapp
    11. Kylie Greenwood
    12. Maria Arango
    13. Bette Wappner
    14. John Center *coordinator
    15. Sylvia Taylor
    16. Gillyin Gatto
    17. Gilda Machado - Zimmerling
    18. Mike Lyon
    19. Darrell Madis
    20. Wanda Robertson
    21. Barbara Patera
    22. Chris Blank
    23. Philip Smith
    24. Julio Rodriguez
    25. Janet Hollander
    26. Kate Courchaine
    27. Robert Swain Charles
    28. Amanda Yopp
    29. Sharri LaPierre
    30. Carol Lyons
    31. Andy English

Waiting list -- (recent experience indicates that there is an excellent chance that the first three or four on the waiting list may be promoted into the exchange often in the 11th hour -- you should prepare prints if you wish to participate):

  1. Joe Sherida
  2. Janet Warner (Montgomery)

From the coordinator:

Deadline for receiving prints: Prints (31 copies: 30 for the exchange participants, and one for the [Baren] archive) are to be received on or before February 1st, 2004. No exceptions to this deadline, please. 'Far-off' participants, please remember to allow enough time for mailing!

Shipping information: All prints should be accompanied by a return address and a remittance to cover return postage. FedEx/Airborne, etc. letter packs with duplicate self-addressed airbills are greatly appreciated. If you choose not to order the storage case, please send your prints in a box that can be reused for shipping the set back to you. Enclose $3.95 to $5.75 depending on distance for US Priority Mail shipping. For Global Priority Mail (outside the US), enclose $11 to Canada, $13 to Mexico, $15 to Europe, $16 to Australia, Japan, New Zealand. See USPS.com for precise rate information.

In the US the best way to send the prints is Priority Mail and the post office will give you the box. It is $3.95 to $5.75 for up to 2 lbs depending on distance.

Address to which Exchange #19 prints should be shipped:

John Center
P. O. Box 59288
Chicago, Il 60659-0288



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