Exchange #35

Mike Lyon , Coordinator


Details of [Baren Exchange #35]
  • Medium: woodblock print (hand rubbed or pulled on a press, B&W or colour, any pigments, any paper)
  • Theme: Fairy Tales
  • Image size: no restriction
  • Paper size Oban, about 15 x 10 inches (38 x 25.5 cm)
  • Paper type: no restriction

Coordinator's comments:

THE BAREN QUARTERLY PRINT EXCHANGE was launched mid-1998 by Baren founder, David Bull, at the suggestion of one of our original members. Exchange #1 was completed the following year (1999) and the first exchange in which I participated was #7 (Comedy of Life), completed mid-to-late 2000, My first experience as coordinator was with #12 and the fabulous Bea Gold supervised and encouraged me throughout -- she had managed our exchange program for several years by then. Late in 2001 Bea asked me to take over her exchange manager job -- a more difficult and time consuming job than you’d imagine. During six-plus years I’ve ‘mid-wifed’ about 25,000 prints in 27 exchanges, done my best to ‘encourage’ the slow-pokes and tried to get each new exchange launched on-time, keep track of the sign-ups, create the exchange galleries, coordinate with coordinators and on and on... When Maria Arango offered to take over early this year -- well, I was ready and it was time.

#35 FAIRY TALE EXCHANGE contains the usual wide variety of technique, a full spectrum of mastery from novice to virtuoso, and generally exceptional artistry. I think you’ll find the printmakers and their prints and stories charming, alarming, humorous, queer, and just very damned interesting. Thanks for all your effort, for your tremendous support, and now, please, enjoy your wonderful suite of woodblock prints, another in a most remarkable series of collaboration of woodblock printmakers from all over the world!

-- Mike Lyon, coordinator, Baren Exchange #35, March 1, 2008
Mike Lyon Kansas City, Missouri USA

Mike's outstanding colophon with all the Fairy Tales, artists and their images can be downloaded here (large file): Colophon #35 pdf