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“We are all Goddess in drag,” Ram Dass
A contribution to the male gaze discourse, mythology, and art from a personal perspective of love.
… and I am still on that journey.
In August 2016 a woman suddenly stepped into my life in Kailua beach park after I came off a kitesurfing session. We recognized that we had known each other 20 years ago. Over the next 6 month we fell in love cooking, gardening, making art, playing and practicing yoga together. Knowing that this would be an almost impossible love by all standards we allowed it to happen in the awareness that we shared a spiritual path, which created a strong bond. Our relationship led me to experience bliss that I did not expected to experience at this time in my life and I loved the difficult moments just as much as the sweet ones. Every time we had a challenging situation we were able to talk and cry and felt that we came out the other end on a higher level of understanding and love for each other.
Then, as suddenly as she appeared she was gone. I tumbled into the deepest pain and sadness that I can remember, tearing open the core of my being. It caused a deep fear of abandonment and loneliness, that I realized, went far beyond what happened between us and was buried in my psyche to create patterns that I was repeating. Now I was finally facing my own archetypical trauma of abandonment.
I realized that a door had swung open and that stepping through it would offer the gift of healing at the deepest level, so I could leave this pattern behind once and for all. This is what I am doing now. Since the trauma is so deep I have to let the healing happen no matter how long it might take. Yet, already I have become a much expanded being and especially as a man, I am much more capable of real love. Still, in her absence, the goddess is teaching me and giving me gifts every day.
We had often made art, playing off each other’s ideas and taken photos for a series that we called ‘Contemporary Goddess.’ We talked about the male gaze in art and were fully conscious of the ambivalence in these kind of poses. When I started this particular painting, I choose this pose from the many shots we had done because of the power in her stance, not the submission. Then, when the painting started to take shape, the Myth of the Mo’o, that I had never known before, appeared to me. The Hawaiian Lizard Goddess has the ability to shapeshift, to mix with humans. She appears and disappears without warning. These qualities fit perfectly to the character of my lost love, who could be erratic at times, resulting from her own traumas and the following afflictions, she was suffering from. Stepping into my life without any forewarning, creating magic, only to disappear just as suddenly, fits the Mo’o. As an artist I aim to manifest divine consciousness trough my work. I listen to my intuition, mixed with ego desires of course, but I have to let the work unfold and see where it wants to go. When I first was alone after the goddess left, the lyrics for a song appeared to me during morning meditation for several days and I had to stop and write them down. I recorded the song and it is about to be released. Even Keith Richard acknowledges that he is ‘just an antenna who receives songs.’ (The song has been released on ‘Penny For The Guy’ records and you can hear it on Soundcloud).
One evening a friend of mine who is able to get communication from other realms visited me and as we were getting ready to have dinner she said: “(Name) was your mother in a previous life, she was a beautiful independent woman and abandoned you as a baby.” True or not, this is now part of my story and helps me to be ok with the intensity of my feelings. After all, we do live in a quantum universe (or multiverse) where everything is connected and everything is indeed possible.
When I started the painting I knew it could be criticized as a ‘male gaze’ digression and it has already been fiercely slammed by an art professor friend of mine, and as I am writing this, the Manchester Art Gallery has taken down John William Waterhouse’s Hylas and the Nymphs to “provoke debate, not to censor.” Wouldn’t it be better to create a dialogue with the painting still present? Coming from a country that blacklisted artists and burned books I don’t feel comfortable to just take paintings down. To counter the prevalence of male painters in museums we should exhibit more art by women.
The continuous suppression of women lies at the heart of what is “wrong with the world” I seek nothing more than our true and complete liberation and welcome a new emerging creative matriarchy. The Mo’o painting aims to celebrate the ‘divine feminine.’ It is an expression by the Goddess, realized through me.
PS: I am writing a much longer, detailed account of my experiences with the Lizard Goddess, but it is neither finished nor am I sure if it is for publication. We’ll see where this is going and how the spirit moves me.
Sources for further explorations:
Carl Jung, The Red Book, Norton & Company, NY, 2009,
Carl Jung created the concepts of the ‘collective unconscious’ and that of the ‘archetypes.’ In the Red Book Jung describes his journey into his subconscious to face and deal with his own demons. It is all in his own beautiful handwriting and paintings and took him 17 years to complete.
Jude Currivan, The 8th Chakra, Hay House, 2006
Here Currivan, a planetary healer with a masters in Cosmology and Quantum Physics and a Phd in the archeology of ancient cultures uses the the concept of ‘Archetypical Traumas’ and how to heal them.
Jude Currivan, The Cosmic Hologram, Inner Traditions, Vermont, 2017
Currivan, connects Quantum Physics, Relativity Theorie, Information and Consciousness.
Christine R. Page, The Healing Power of The Sacred Woman, Bear & Company, Vermont, 2013
The Sensuous Immortals, Happy When The Winter Comes, 2017, to be released and minute now (it is). This is a song we recorded this fall and is about this story. The Lizard Goddess appears on the recording in her own words and curtesy of a phone recording. Stay Tuned.
Coda: This is an e-mail I received this morning from my New York friend who I know for 40 years now. She is an artist and a therapist and she has helps me during this difficult time. We meet on Skype and when I am in New York I stay with her.
You know our friendship is eternal and I am always close by – Surrender is the way across to the other side of the mirror, where projection is no longer and deep healing can do its work at the cellular level. In surrender we sit with the sadness and the longing, and also the joy. It is not anymore a world in black and white but a world in rainbow. Crying comes easy to the ones who enter this world with an open heart, isn’t it? But with the open heart comes both vulnerability and the greatest resilience.…I think this wounded/trauma part of your psyche manifested in (Name of Mo’o) and it is so hard to let it go free – How could it not be as you have lived with her/it all your life and probably some of it is ancestral as well. And you have already done most of the letting go, really. I can sense your pain but please do not despair. You have avoided the trap of hating (Name of Mo’o) and that is the most beautiful thing in the world. You can be at peace now. Maybe the good food and the yoga practice precipitated this cleansing through her manifestation. Then back to Earth level, this flesh and blood woman, you love her with all her pieces… So it is.
and other inspirational prints at Blue Bar, Honolulu, July-September 2017
Inspiration everywhere – review of the exhibit in the Honolulu Staradvertiser 8.25.17
Dieter Runge’s art exhibit aims to motivate with a bit of humor – by Nina Wu
Art, Rock’n Roll music, Ayurveda, tai chi, yoga and cooking – are all part of Honolulu Printmakers artist Dieter Runge’s identity.
And all are the impetus behind his latest exhibit “ALLOW – CREATE – LOVE and other inspirational prints,” up through Sept. 29 at the Blue Bar on Merchant St in in downtown Honolulu.
Since early July, his colorful woodblock prints on cards with inspirational messages such as “B Kind,” “Courage,” “4Give” and “This Too Will Pass” have been on display on the walls around the coffee shop. Runge says they were created with “consciousness and love” in his art studio in Kaneohe.
“Those cards come, really out of my daily, spiritual practice,” he said. “Yoga, Ayurveda, meditation, and then reading and thinking about all these things over many years.”
Runge grew up in Germany and lived in New York City, where he recorded and produced several vinyl records before moving to Hawaii in 1990. He holds a master’s of fine art in painting from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and goes kitesurfing when the conditions are ideal.
The idea behind this exhibit is to offer uplifting messages with some elements of humor and references to music. The word “ALLOW” for instance, reminds us that “sometimes all we have to do is step back, relax and allow the good things in life to come to us,” he said.
The prints come from a multilayered block printing process, with the words originally carved in reverse on a quarter-inch-thick plywood, printed on top of a test print that was cut up and combined to create the images. They are available on 5-by-7-inch folded cards at Blue Bar for $10 each.
HONOLULU, HI – Popular Downtown coffee spot Brue Bar will host a reception for the opening of Allow – Create – Love and other inspirational prints, a new exhibit by O‘ahu based artist, Dieter Runge. The reception will be held on First Friday, July 7th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Brue Bar, 119 Merchant Street. This event is open to the public and is free of charge. Light pupus and refreshments will be served.
Allow – Create – Love and other inspirational prints features unique woodblock prints with inspirational messages. These prints are mounted on folded cardstock, with envelopes in clear folio. Some are scanned at 3200 dpi and digitally printed and enlarged, revealing entirely new dimensions of detail.
Dieter’s work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions across Hawai‘i, the U.S. mainland, and Hong Kong. This is his second exhibit of work at Brue Bar. His previous show was the well-received Rock n’ Roll Revelation in 2014.
Allow – Create – Love and other inspirational prints will be on display through September at Brue Bar’s Merchant Street location.
ABOUT BRUE BAR
Brue Bar has been serving hand-crafted coffee beverages within the iconic Stangenwald Building since its launch in 2013. The cosmopolitan Downtown setting and unique design sensibility makes it the ideal location for work, study and conversation. Brue Bar’s distinctive character and array of teas and coffees can also be found at 1164 Bishop Street, and will soon make its return to Kaka‘ako. Brue Bar is part of the HONBLUE family of companies, who have been delivering innovative solutions to Hawaii’s creative design community for 50 years.
ABOUT HONOLULU PRINTMAKERS
Honolulu Printmakers is a non-profit organization which promotes the appreciation and understanding of printmaking and print production. Established in 1928, we are supported by our members, corporations in our community, and state and private foundations. Honolulu Printmakers provides the community with a variety of programs and services including exhibits, studio space, and education.
Below: Invitation card to exhibit and installation views.
This covers the Spring 1998 semester of my yearlong Polynesian Voyaging class. We still sailed the E’ala but worked more and more on the Hokule’a, rigging the canoe after it was put back into the water, test sailing it over several weekends all around Oahu’s South Shore and eventually sailing it to Molokai and back. We worked together with a Hawaiian Studies class from the University of Hawaii’s Manoa campus. We also got to work and sail with Nanoa Thompson, who was the first Hawaiian to re-learn traditional navigation from the Micronesian master Mau Pialug and is still a major leader and inspiration in the Hawaiian Renaissance and environmental education. Showing up every morning at 5;00 AM at Nainoa’s house for the Molokai sail for several days in a row only to be denied by strong winds and high seas, we eventually made, still having solid wind and seas, which made for an exciting adventure. I feel blessed to have had this experience and am very thankful for all the great teaching I received. Aloha!
This post is dedicated to the Hokule’a’s voyage and Hawaiian Renaissance from 1976 to now that culminates in its return from the 3 year voyage around the world that will bring the canoe home in less than two weeks. It is also dedicated to my late teacher, windsurfing and kitesurfing friend Ka’au McKenney.
Germany and Europe was a dark place in the mid/late 70’s. The urban guerrilla and the state’s response created a paranoid society with limited perspectives for the young and adventurous, not unlike the US after 9.11. I dropped out of college, joined one of the first German punk rock bands and landed at JFK with a one way ticket on May 5th 1978 and immersed my self in New York’s burgeoning new rock’n roll scene. After 10 years in New York, two years in the USVI and 7 years on Oahu teaching windsurfing and Taiji, I decided to go back to school. My first class at Windward Community College was the two semester course on Polynesian Voyaging. During the Tues/Thur class we learned about celestial navigation, marine biology, geology, biology and Hawaiian studies. The Saturday labs involved working on the Hokule’a and lots of sailing, ultimately to Molokai and back. Here is my lab report from fall 1997. The spring semester will be covered in the next blog. Enjoy!
All photos taken by the author except the one he is in. From top to bottom: 1. Swimming under the E’ala with view of the lashings. 2. Jean Young working on the Hokule’a while she was in dry dock. 3. Sailing on the E’ala on Kaneohe Bay, the largest bay in the Hawaiian islands protected by a barrier reef. 4. Junior a Micronesian specialist lashing the Hokule’a. 5. The Ea’ala heading towards Kualoa. 6. The Hawai’iloa and all wood double hull sailing canoe build after and with the experience of the Hokule’a. 7. 8. The E’ala on Kaneohe Bay. 9. Leimomi Dirks and Jean Young on the steering paddle of the E’ala. 10. Ka’au McKenney on the left and yours truly on the main sheet. 11. Sailing into the sunset.
Energetics of Food and Eating
This essay is partially a translation from Pollozek/Behringer’s excellent book “The Timeless Ayurvedic Kitchen – Healing Power of Our Food,” (in German) combined with my own experience of ayurvedic cooking and yogic lifestyle. After I left my parents house and lived in communes during the time of the 70’s counterculture, I had become aware of macrobiotics, brown rice and growing your own food and even during my rock’n roll years in New York I shopped mostly at farmer’s markets, yet only when I began my studies of yoga and ayurveda with Myra Lewin, have I learned about the deep healing powers of our food and how we handle and eat it. Ayurveda is the oldest medicine system that we know of, comparable to the better known Traditional Chinese Medicine in its completeness. It is not an abstract concept but is applied differently to each person taking in account their unique combination of the elements of air, water, earth, fire and ether in a particular time and space called the doshas.
Ayurveda defines health as:
The three energetic doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha are in balance.
The metabolism/digestion functions well.
The tissues are healthy and well developed and the waste is adequately moved out.
The sense and touch organs work properly.
The soul and spirit are in a state of permanent happiness.
Sushruta Samahita, 15.38, 1 Century BC
Only when our stomach is empty, when our previous meal is digested and we have a natural feeling of hunger should we eat. The stomach should only be filled half with food, one quarter with liquids from the juices of the food or some water (at least room temperature), the last quarter should remain empty. If you don’t eat too fast and pay attention you will notice a small burb forming in your stomach. This is a sign that anything you eat after this signal is not digestable, turns into toxins and eventually disease. After a while you will feel this even before the burb forms. Later you will intuitively put just the right amount of food on your plate. You feel satisfied, neither hungry nor tired.
The signs of adequate amounts of food are:
No pressure, pain in your stomach, sides or heart area;
No feelings of hunger or thirst;
No feeling of heaviness or tiredness;
The senses and the spirit are relaxed, strengthened and satisfied;
A light and pleasant feeling. The German word is “Sättigungsgefühl”. There is no direct translation that I could find. It is a feeling of satisfaction specific to eating.
Avoid foods that have little or no energy (Prana, Mana, Chi)
De-naturalised foods, reheated leftovers (It is best to take leftovers out of the fridge and let them come to room temperature naturally. 24 hrs is the experation date. Frozen, microwaved, canned, fast food or foods with added chemicals, refined foods like sugar ionized salts, too much animal proteins, refined sweets, white flower, zero fat products, too much caffeine or alcohol.
Healthy foods are oily, warm, fresh and easily digested. Raw food is very popular today, but is very difficult or impossible to digest for most people. There is much literature on the ayurvedic perspective on raw food.
It is preferable to eat organic produce that is grown in the region you live. Especially grains, milk and everything that grows in the earth should be organic. Support small farms and cooperatives or grow some of your own food, which is especially satisfying. Every time food is cooled or reheated it loses energy that the body needs in order to digest it.
The food should fit your specific constitution (your dosha), your digestive fire and your preferences. Each person has a different metabolism, the ability to digest varies depending on appetite, time of year, mood, intuition and age.
Eat in a place that has a calm and clean atmosphere without too much distraction. Avoid TV, electronics, driving or too much talk. A golden rule is: everything you do with consciousness and joy is good; everything you do with resistance and unconsciousness will create problems. When we eat with consciousness our taste receptors send out specific enzymes fitting what we eat. The meal becomes satisfying. Unconscious eating leads to a loss in digestive activity. As a result we develop cravings, excessive eating and ama, waste products in our digestive tracts, which eventually leads to disease.
Eat with people who are sympathetic to you. The food should be prepared with love. Restaurants are especially difficult. Have you ever worked in a restaurant? I have for many years and now chose carefully. A meal that is prepared with love and attention will satisfy your body and soul.
4. What is important before you eat?
Wash your hands and ideally face and feet. Only eat when you are hungry.
Pay attention to your right nostril. It shows how strong your agni, digestive fire, is. If it is blocked breathe deeply for a minute through your right nostril only. A great digestive help is a slice or small pyramid of chopped ginger with some salt and lime. It starts the digestive fire, agni.
If Kapha is out of balance or if you are overweight it is ok to drink something before and during a meal. It is best not to drink for 45 min to an hour after a meal in order not to weaken your agni.
Take a moment to slow down and go inward, bless the food, the farmers, the company or anything else you like. Loosen the relationship between your ego and the food as object that you own.
5. What is important after eating?
It is best not to sleep, study, have sex, a deep bath for two hours after eating, don’t engage in sports or heavy physical work for one hour. All these activities lead to undigested food, ama. A short silent acknowledgment of the meal is helpful. It is ok to eat a few fennel seeds or clean your mouth with your tongue or a toothpick but brushing your teeth immediately after a meal is not recommended. Urinating is good – to provoke elimination is not.
Vata and Pitta types can rest a little while Kapha types should walk “1 000” steps to help their more sluggish digestion.
6. How should we eat?
Keep the food hot for only three to four hours. That is better than reheating. It is ok to leave leftover that you cooked for lunch at room temperature and eat it for dinner. This does not apply to fish or meat.
Every meal should stimulate all senses. Eating with your hands involves the sense of taste and leads to slower and less eating.
A disturbed, tense or tired mind affects appetite and agni. Chew each bite with consciousness and as much as possible. It is ok to drink small sips of warm water. Ice water is not recommended.
7. Avoid certain combinations of food. They can be toxic.
This topic affords an entire chapter of its own, to follow.
8. When should we eat?
It is best to eat at regular times. Then your digestive system will work like clockwork. The appetite as well as the digestion will be right there for you. Too short or too long a time between meals are not good. 4-5 hours is ok, but 6 is too long. It leads to digestive disturbances and indigestion.
Breakfast is best between 7:00 and 8:30 AM
Regular intervals are important:
Vata: 3-4 hrs/depending on work/activity a small snack is ok.
Pitta: 4-5 hrs/depending on work/activity one small snack is ok.
Kapha: 5-6 hrs/ no snack
Lunch should be the main meal between 11:00 and 2:00
The strength of the sun matches the strength of the digestion. The body is ready to take in a larger amount of food and to metabolize it. Do not miss lunch. It will ruin your health in the long run. Raw food, fish, meat, eggs are best eaten at this time and not for dinner.
Dinner is best eaten before sunset 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Best foods are cooked vegetables, soups, stews, grains, legumes. These foods enhance digestion and longevity. To eat at night challenges the liver, blood and colon. Dinner should be eaten 2-3 hrs befor bed time.
Generally do not eat before the last meal is digested.
9. How should meals be prepared?
All six tastes steer our psyche. Enough oil stimulates the gallbladder. If all six tastes are present eating disorders and binging attacks are rare. The food should be natural and balanced, if it is not balanced spices are used to enhance, balance and add energy. Specific ways of cooking can make cool ingredients warmer, lighter foods heavier and vice versa. The doshas, age and time of year should be considered. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, astringent.
10. Who eats how? The consciousness of eating.
The eater is more important than the food. Recognize and learn about your specific constitution. Then you know what is good for you and what not. Use your intuition, but be able to discriminate between intuition and craving. We often follow our cravings and ignore our intuition. Eat only what you like and what you can digest.
Never eat when you are too emotional or not hungry. In these states your body is in flight or fight mode and not able to eat or digest. Never eat when you are angry, depressed, sad, too excited, bored or to swallow stacked up emotions. Even the best food, eaten during emotional stress turns into ama.
Eat with respect and consciousness of what nature provides you with, then even a badly prepared meal can be good.
Alexander Pollozek & Dominik Behringer, Die Zeitlose Ayurvedische Küche – Heilkraft unserer Nahrung, 2012 Narayana Verlag, 3rd Edition 2013
What goes on in your heart – what goes on in your mind (Lou Reed)? the spiritual and the mundane live right next to each other and can be one and the same. I have written about the spiritual aspect of the Velvet Underground elsewhere, but here is what goes on in my heart and mind now. This year I have taught 5 or 6 classes on Ayurvedic cooking using principles that go back 5 000 years to the Vedas, and are designed to create the food that is healthy, great tasting and helps create balance in specific ways tailored for you now. Most of these classes were held at my humble semi-out-door kitchen on the beautiful shores of Kaneohe Bay. Ayurveda is not an abstract concept, but adjusts to your singular daily needs. Recently I cooked a variation of the basic ayurvedic rice, beans and vegetable stew called kitchadi for a family every day for a week. The result of a greatly improved digestive system especially for the person who was suffering the most from digestive problems before.
Last month, I had the pleasure of teaching an Ayurvedic cooking class at the Honolulu Down to Earth. The class was held in DTE’s community room kitchen and fully equipped with cameras and projection of the cooking process. The attendees were genuinely curious and open minded group which made for a fun and interesting class. A great break through came when I taught a two day class on Maui organized by Ayurvedic doctor Sylvia Welchel. The Maui classes consisted of 15 women that were highly motivated and familiar with concepts of holistic medicine, one of them being a chef. I was very excited with the high vibration of the class.
I had asked a women, whom I’ll call Suzanne, to help steer a mix of ghee and spices. I noticed something in her eyes which will remain unspoken. Later I noticed that Suzanne was missing and thought that she had gone to the bathroom. Upon her return, I noticed a different glimmer in her eyes but didn’t think much more about it, being that I was quite busy teaching and cooking, while engaging in dialogue with everyone.
After class Sylvia, my collaborator and I sat down and she asked me if I knew what had happened to Suzanne. This is her story. Suzanne had lost her sense of smell as a child, caused by her mother’s incessant smoking. She never cooked and had developed a heavy eating disorder. During the cooking, Suzanne had had a breakdown and breakthrough. Sylvia took her into her treatment room. Suzanne was able to “feel the smell of the cooking food.” Indeed, a major breakthrough. My answer was, “if this is the only outcome of the whole weekend, all the prep, shopping, flying to Maui, etc it would still be more than amazing. If that would be the only thing I ever did, it would be ok.
My next cooking class will be held on EARTH day April 22 9 AM-12 PM. Location TBA.
Now, my landlord, who studied to be a doctor and then had a heart attack likes to get his rent check on time. He is not of the belief that I should live for free in his house because I do such good things and get him the newspaper most days. He is in a wheelchair. Living in Hawaii has its price. My rent is $ 1590.-, which after living here for eight years, I can almost consider a bargain. This is what I had to do to pay rent this month. Get as much cash advance from my second credit card, the first one is already maxed out, put in the cash I had made the day before for a private cooking class, and use my $ 500 ‘covercheck’ that covers bounced checks. All this creates more interest and puts me deeper into depth. I have applied for social security and will get about $ 500 monthly, once it gets through and I will probably get Medicaid 2, and I might have health insurance for the first time in 17 years. For those of you who don’t know, I make my living through selling art, teaching art, yoga, taiji and ayurvedic cooking, house painting and occasionally I sell one of the NYN 7′ re-issue. Recently a gallery has sold a painting of mine on layaway. That is great. Really? Layaway? I didn’t know that existed still and I have no idea when I get paid. Another gallery has more than $ 20 000 worth of my paintings. I also have a good amount of paintings and prints at my house. Needless to say, this is the last month I can pull this off, because now everything is maxed out. Pathetic, ridiculous and stressful. I am not asking for charity. So how do you help an artist? Buy her/his art.
Here is your opportunity and here is some affordable art that is guaranteed to inspire your soul.
Of course there is much more. Check out the rest of the site and contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you like to know more about What Goes On, here is a heartfelt version of one of my favorite VU tunes recorded at my house a couple of years ago. I think I might play this song as long as I can hold a guitar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MyXSukquz4
We have used Alice Neel as band name for a few years. When Will Williams II Stephen Niles and I formed the band, being all painters the name fell into our laps via Stephen’s great mind. Here is a clip with the real Alice: Inside New York’s Art World: Alice Neel. Music is on hiatus for the moment. When I start a new band there will be a new name.
As always, with much love and Aloha, dieter
Inspirational woodcuts – cards to walls
Unique woodblock prints with inspirational messages 4” x 6” mounted on folded card-stock 5” x 7”, with mail envelopes in clear folio. Some are scanned at 3 200 dpi and can be digitally printed to large size.
Each of these handmade cards is unique, created with consciousness and love in my studio at the shore of beautiful Kaneohe Bay. Check for new cards. The carved blocks are printed on prepared BFK paper, cut-up ghost or test prints from previous projects.
GIVE. wood cut. 4″ x 6″ and 4″ x 6″ with 18″ x 24″ digital print.
This post is a continuation of my Allow Surrender Courage Ease entry. The content of the cards reflect my spiritual practice.
At the current moment there are about 30 words or sentences with more coming on. You’ll find a list below. Each print consists of two layers. The first layers derives from test and ghost prints that are cut to size and then printed with the word(s) on top. So, each print is unique.
The word(s) are carved into 1/4″ plywood, then printed on top of the ghost or test print. After drying the 4×6 cards are mounted on 7×10 card stock, which is folded in half to achieve the standard 5×7 folded cards. Finally, each card is put into a clear envelope together with a mailing envelope.
There are a fe steps before carving or cutting the block. Once you have a design you transfer it to the block or draw it on directly. One has to consider the block has to be carved as the reverse or backwards image of what one wants to see in the print.
Printing is fun and messy if one doesn’t watch out. The ink has a tendency to travel from block to hand to apron to paper or in any other possibility that you can imagine and some you can’t.
During the gluing and folding everything has to be clean again.
High Vibrations is the aim.
Greeting cards to inspire you.
When humans express their awe of creation, or the human spirit, in caves, on rocks, carving wood or stone, drawing, painting dancing, music or theatre we end up calling it art. Art and spirituality have always been tightly linked. Matisse called all art spiritual. Over the years, I have realized that much of my art comes straight from my daily practice of self realization.
Here is an evolving set of post- and greeting cards to inspire you and your family and friends. They are carved in wood and printed on BFK printing paper using a pile of test prints, cut up to size and printed with the new image on top, unplanned collaboration between the old cut-up image and the new block. This leads to surprising images, each one unique.
As flowing as the images came into being as difficult it is to develop these into sellable commodities. The hand carved and printed process takes time, card stock in the desired size was not available so far, so I had to cut up each card to the desired 10″ x 7″ then fold to reach 5″ x 7″ for which envelopes are commercially available. You can imagine, that each card should fetch ca $ 30 to make it financially viable. What do you suggest?
One way would be to scan them and print them digitally, and I might do that if I can connect to a business that sells them en masse. Meanwhile, I am willing to sell packages of 5 or 10. At what price? What comes to your mind? What would make you a happy customer?
On Black Friday as part of our annual printsale, I had the opportunity to pull some prints, with the help of Tiny Splendor’s …….. on the newly purchased Risograph printer, which the Honolulu Printmakers now owns. The aesthetic of the Risograph is somewhere between a silkscreen and a photocopy, so I used some of my 80’s band posters to test the machine, especially since I am considering to create a limited edition artist book on my first two years in New York (78-80), planning to print it on this machine.
“The Risograph is a high-speed digital printing system manufactured by the Riso Kagaku Corporation and was designed mainly for high-volume photocopyingand printing. It was released in Japan in August 1986. It is sometimes called a digital duplicator or printer-duplicator, as newer models can be used as a network printer as well as a stand-alone duplicator. When printing or copying many duplicates (generally more than 20)[attribution needed] of the same content, it is typically far less expensive per page than a conventional photocopier, laser printer, or inkjet printer. Printing historian Rick O’Connor has debated that the original, and thus correct, name for the device is RISSO and not RISO. This debate spawns from the notion that an extra ‘S’ is added because the inventor’s wife found it more pleasing to the ears.” Wipikedia
“The underlying technology is very similar to a mimeograph. It brings together several processes which were previously carried out manually, for example using the Riso Print Gocco system or the Gestetner system.
The original is scanned through the machine and a master is created, by means of tiny heat spots on a thermal plate burning voids (corresponding to image areas) in a master sheet. This master is then wrapped around a drum and ink is forced through the voids in the master. The paper runs flat through the machine while the drum rotates at high speed to create each image on the paper.” Wipikedia
These band posters were done between 1981 and 1985 for my bands Festival of Patience (81-82), NADA (82-83) and East of Eden (84-87) as cut and paste photocopies. Typically a risograph comes with several color drums and one can print two colors at the same time. The registration is not perfect in these prints. At the present time I do not know if that can be achieved. The effect is something like a drop shadow and gives it a little excitement. It works less well with fine details.
The risograph has fallen out of favor in commercial applications, but is popular with small independent presses, fanzines, artists who publish limited edition artist books, etc. You can scan an image and create a master or you can print from a digital file. It is contemporary with a cool look that reminds us of the punk DIY philosophy, just like a simple rock’n roll song.
Das historische Punk-Archiv
Writer & Massage Therapist
Shedding Light in the Darkness
Natalie. Writer. Photographer. Etc.
Festival of Patience