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Re: Michallet paper


When I was in art school in the 60s (by god) at Syracuse (a Methodist
institution originally) we had some great models who were none to
successful NYC dancers. They would come upstate for a week or so at a
time and stay with friends near campus to make a little money and then
slide back South to the city. The guys all posed in one sort of strap
or another. When I came to Indiana University I was amazed to find
that here amid the political power of the Farm Lobby and Earl Butts
and the still active remnants of the Klan that the models all posed in
the natural. The department was one of the only ones then that was so
dedicated to the figure and figurative imagery in general.


On Wed, May 13, 2009 at 1:59 PM, Judy Seigel <jseigel@panix.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 13 May 2009, Jack Brubaker wrote:
>> Chris,
>> I would read the one inch spacing of lines to be the verticals in the
>> image on the left. These are the crossing grid in the laid pattern of
>> wires. Most paper was made this way (laid) until (?) who out there has
>> read paper history lately?  The lines were very common in drawing and
>> printing arts papers throughout the 19th century.
>> Jack
> Yes, and even into the 20th century when I went to children's class Saturday
> mornings at the Art Students Leauge (still at 57th Street), we used paper of
> that kind for our charcoal & pastel drawings. Except we called the marks
> "laid lines" and didn't refer to it as "laid paper."
> One other thing comes to mind a propos of those classes,by the way -- we had
> male and female models for life drawing: the best females were the really
> fat ladies, because those rolls were so easy & fun to draw. The male models
> were mostly skinny -- a lot of character, but less fun. I recently, however,
> talked by phone to a friend who'd been in photography and art classes in the
> last 10 years: She said the men ALSO posed (just like the ladies) starkers.
> I could hardly believe... Our male models ALWAYS wore jock straps, at the
> very least -- sometimes what looked like bathing trunks.  Friend said she
> had a bit of trouble the first time drawing a penis-- & just did a scribble.
> By next time -- not a problem!
> cheers,
> Judy