Sharri LaPierre, Coordinator
Details of [Baren Exchange #31]
- Medium: woodblock print (hand rubbed or pulled on a press, B&W or colour, any pigments, any paper)
- Theme: The Alphabet
- Image size: no restriction
- Paper size :chuban 10 x 7.5 inches (25.5 x 19cm)
- Paper type: no restriction
- Registration period: One month starting October 1, 2006
- Delivery deadline for finished prints: February 1, 2007
"We live in a world of Alphabets. Children are immersed in letters of every shape and size, learning their ABCs from a spectacular range of alphabet books and toys. Adults may enjoy the sophisticated renderings and nonsense rhymes or risqué alphabets. Some of the most gifted artists and writers wrote and illustrated alphabet books, including Walter Crane, Kate Greenaway, Wm. Nicholson, Gelett Burgess, Sonia Delaunay, Edward Gorey, and Ed Emberley."
Many thanks to Andrea Grimes, Special Collections Librarian Book Arts & Special Collections San Francisco Public Library, for allowing me to use her wording from the press release for the exhibition: "Alphabet Soup: A Selection of Alphabet Books from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor" on the cover of this colophon. And, thank you to Sharen Linder for forwarding the announcement to me.
As I write this the exchange is about to come to an end for me, but only the beginning for each of you as you anxiously open this portfolio of prints to see the wonders contained herein.
Alas, it is difficult to give up the power trip I have been on, hounding and nagging like a shrew until each print was in my grasp. I hope you will forgive me if I seemed a bit heavy handed (who me?) at times, but I was not about to give up and send this exchange out without 30 prints! Now that we are complete I must say that it has been a pleasure to serve the group in this capacity (mustn't I?).
Seriously, I do hope that each of you will enjoy this set of wonderful woodblock prints every bit as much as I have enjoyed being the coordinator. And, thanks to each of you for being participants extraordinaire.
Sharri La Pierre
You can download the .pdf colophon here (large file)