|Each block shape was recorded before mailing just in case|
|And off they went! Happy travels, little blocks...|
The happy City of the World is now in your hands!
I will make a last blog post with the following answers to Frequently Asked Questions but never hesitate to email me directly if you have any comments, questions, funny jokes or whatever.
The blog: http://puzzleprints.blogspot.com/
In addition to the instructions sent with the blocks, they are online, reachable from the project's main page:
Don't forget to keep an eye on the blog, I may comment on the experience. For example, it occurred to me that what we are doing is not just a printmaking exercise but probably qualifies as a cultural outreach and exchange, don't you think? More on that later but, on that note, when you mail the block back to me why don't you wrap it in a couple of pages of your very own local newspaper? Then I can share the headlines from all over the world and anything else that occurs to me as I get them back. Not a requirement, of course, just a request.
Here are some FAQs:
-Which side do I carve again?
-Carve the blank side, the side without the arrow and letters/numbers
-What IS that arrow, anyway?
-That arrow indicates the top of the block, sky over the city; either carve side up or purposely don't but your block will be aligned with the arrow pointing UP
-There's a border line on my block, do I carve a border?
-Up to you, the "border" is there for me to cut the block, after that you can carve a border or not, does not matter
-Where are the instructions again? I lost my piece of paper...
-Instructions online on .pdf and webpage: http://www.1000woodcuts.com/projects/cityoftheworld/instructions.html
-My block has a nick, stain, line, mosquito, scratch...what do I do?
-Please ignore all the above and forgive my jig-saw and ink brush, they both seemed to get overly excited when drawing and cutting on the wood but hopefully I kept all those mishaps to a minimum
-What was that about a newspaper?
-If you wish and remember, please wrap the block in a couple of pages of your own newspaper; the cultural exchange will be more exciting that way!
That's it for now, I'm taking a few days off but feel free to email me anytime.
Happy carving, my dear citizens!!!