Saturday, February 23, 2008

god bless google books: information from long out of prints on the shin & sosaku hanga movements (creative print movement) on both father and son Hide & Yuzaburo Kawanishi.

Their prints have long facinated me, I have a Yuzaburo of Kobe bay in the 1960s - that belonged to my grandfather - given to him by the artist himself. i have long wanted a Hide of Kobe bay to match it.

for those not not familliar with the pairs work they are charachterised by bold vibrant colours with a distinct lack of black outlines - typical of the classical Ukio-e movements that had come earlier (and distinctive to traditional japanese prints)

the distinction between shin hanga and sosaku hanga - is this the litteral differance that all the work was created by one artist - the blocks, the inking and the printing in the case of shin, in the case of sosaku all the processes were done by different artists/craftsmen.

what facinates me about the movement is the pure use of colour - whimsical yet serious

Friday, February 22, 2008


anyone ever wondered what it looks like when the re-supply of equipment comes in for a tv-station?

here you go

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Spam poetry of the week:

"Admiral-I do admire you, I said, standing and turning to the intern the Meadows of Medicine, while just beyond is the Museum of Mankind."

ive said it before - i love this bayesian poison poetry

Sunday, February 17, 2008

another day another few announcements from the quiet newsroom at aljazeera,

firstly a sad one: Naveed Alvi a colleague, was killed a couple of days ago in a tragic road accident involving a boat coming off its trailer, he was a much loved person in the channel. he will be missed,

second: a very good friend (for now cant mention their name) possibly my best friend out here has resigned, im going to miss them deeply - but i have to say its the right decision for them, they have been struggling with the workplace and their boss for some time - i wish them the best of luck - and if your reading it - love you my friend - may the future bring you great happiness - as you certainly haven't had it here, and you deserve it.

and here a great discussion panel with josh at the USC Public Diplomacy center