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Great Wave video … part three

Posted in General Interest , Process by Dave Bull at 8:48 PM, January 20, 2015


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The next 'Great Wave' video ...

Posted in General Interest , Process by Dave Bull at 11:23 PM, January 14, 2015


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Which way will it go?

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 11:08 PM, December 31, 2014

It's December 31st here in Tokyo. The shop closed a couple of hours ago, after a very busy day of Print Parties (two pre-arranged, and one drop-in) and general visitors. As all of our staffers have headed off to be with their families for the New Year, I've been handling things here myself for the past few days, and will be doing so until the 5th, when a couple of them return.

The guests at Asakusa today were all pretty relaxed about this though, and for a while there I had two of the Print Party attendees working away by themselves on prints while I talked to a couple of other people back in the shop. When I got back to the Party room, they were proud to show me the prints that they had made 'by themselves'. (The two of them and I had of course already been through the process for nearly a half-hour before the other people showed up ... so it's not like I had simply 'abandoned' them ...)

These Print Parties are turning out to be so much fun! I'm kicking myself for not setting this up years ago. We've got it set up so that people print the colour patterns first, and then print the black outline block last. (This is the reverse of our normal method of printing, but there are various technical reasons why it's better to do it this way during the Parties). I also don't have a sample of the finished print on display in the room, so the combination of these two things means that when the first person in line does finally lift the paper off the last block, it astonishes everybody just how good it looks. "Oh my God! Look what I made!" is a not uncommon thing for us to hear at that point ...

Here's a snapshot from the very first Print Party we held here, back on the day before we opened on November 1st, a family from Virginia (subscribers to our Portraits series, as it happens ...):


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Sad News ...

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 8:50 AM, December 14, 2014

I have some unhappy news to report today. Long-time collector/friend Anita Cage from New Orleans has passed away, at 80.

I mention this here, because she has been a frequent commenter on these Conversations over the years, and some of the regular visitors may remember her name from reading some of these.

I'm not sure how much she would want me to write about this, but I certainly see no problem in mentioning a few things about my experience with her. It kind of goes without saying that she was a steady supporter of my work when it came to ordering prints; she not only basically took everything I made for the past decade or so, she made multiple purchases to give prints away to her friends and acquaintances.

But it was her open friendship, and willingness to contribute her thoughts and suggestions about my work that made it a pleasure to see her name in my email Inbox any given morning. She not only posted thoughtful commentary here on the blog, but she gave me plenty privately too, especially if she was concerned that her comments might possibly have been considered as 'criticism'.

I didn't know much about her personal life, but after reading some of the material that has been posted about her on the internet this week, it seems that I was very lucky that such a friendly and supportive person came to develop an interest in supporting my activities. Have a look a this online obituary … and this thread from the MetaFilter group, where the members learned of her passing. She was clearly a very special lady.

I am of course very saddened to hear that she is gone, but am very happy to have known her. I wish she would have given us a better chance to say 'good-bye' properly, but I understand why she did not feel able to do that ...


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Two Years in the planning ...

Posted in General Interest , Jed Henry by Dave Bull at 9:32 PM, November 26, 2014

We're ready to announce our new subscription series for 2015!

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Who am I?

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 8:47 PM, July 23, 2014

A request for feedback and advice from the fans ...

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Grab Bag ...

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 12:05 AM, July 14, 2014

A catchup of recent activities ...

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A 'spot' of trouble ...

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 5:11 PM, June 24, 2014

We _desperately_ need more (capable) printers...

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Quarter century ...

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 6:16 PM, June 18, 2014

A forgotten anniversary!

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Downtime ...

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 6:56 AM, June 3, 2014

An experience we don't want every day!

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About that 2nd floor ...

Posted in Asakusa , General Interest by Dave Bull at 1:00 PM, May 25, 2014

Still no formal news about our Asakusa workshop plans ...

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Now on Facebook ...

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 6:43 PM, May 22, 2014

Mokuhankan is (finally) on Facebook ...

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