Friday, February 21, 2014

The making of a Hermes Scarf - modern method

There's been some lively discussion on our forum regarding the old process of making Hermes scarfs using woodblocks. Found a few printmaking videos on YT that show current silkscreen printmaking methods. These were taken at Hermes' "Festival des Metiers" at 583 Park Avenue with silk maker Kamel Hamadou in 2012.

Here is one video from Beckford For more info and photos go to: Festival des Metiers

Here is an additional video from a production run for Beckford Silk

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tom Killion - woodblock Printmaker

Back in 2009 I attended a presentation/workshop by California printmaker Tom Killion at the Columbia College in Chicago. His prints and many books had been an inspiration to me and my interest in woodcblock printmaking. You can go to the Baren archives and see photos from that day here: Tom Killion workshop

Here are some short online video clips from around that time with Tom describing his process and inspiration.

Tom Killion's website is at:

Friday, February 14, 2014

Printmaker Katsutoshi Yuasa's

Japanese artist Katsutoshi Yuasa's Woodcut Print. In these two videos the artist shows the creation and hand-printing of a very large print and explains the thoughs and motivation behind his art work.

For more info and images by this artist go to:

Monday, January 27, 2014

Chinese woodblock printmaking - video 1984

Found this short gem among the video library of the University of South Carolina. The film dates to 1984 and shows a group of woodblock printers at work.

Notice the huge difference between the brushes and baren used by the chinese printers versus the tools used by traditional Japanese printmakers. Also you can see that some of the printers are printing single sheets from a stack of paper while others use a technique were the sheets of paper are held/clamped to the desk at one end and the printer simply turns the sheets one at a time like pages in a big book.

To see the video go to: Chinese woodblock printmaking video

You can click on the enlarge button to see 'full screen'.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Demonstration by woodblock printmaker Paul Binnie - Toledo Museum of Art

This is a recent video uploaded by the Toledo Museum of Art so not sure how many of you have seen it. "On Thursday, November 21, 2013, contemporary Japan-trained woodblock print artist Paul Binnie presented an illustrated talk about the historical and technical aspects of woodblock printmaking in Japan from the 7th century to the present day. He also gave a live demonstration of Japanese printing methods."

Some old Baren members may remember Paul's occassional posts on our forum. Its a long video with the first half hour talking about the history of Japanese printmaking, discussion of tools and photos of Paul's studio setup. The last part is a fun demonstration were Paul prints the color blocks for two color variations of the same image. Enjoy !

Friday, January 17, 2014

"City of the World" and "Fantastic Garden" Exhibition in UK

Barener Harry French from the UK has arranged for a exhibition of two of Maria Arango Diener's collaborative print projects.

"The Bishop Grosseteste, University of Lincoln, UK. exhibition areas are dominated by ”The city of the world” and “Fantastic garden” collaborative prints. Examples of Baren exchanges : Myths; typography; Alphabet and Influential printmakers are also in a framed exhibition that will changed regularly throughout the spring term."

Harry reports that initial reports are extremely encouraging and comments are very favourable. You can see more exhibit photos at Harry's website: Collaborative Prints Exhibit

For more information on Maria's amazing collaborative print projects visit her website