Sunday, 26 February 2017

Rubber Stamp Workshops - Spring/Summer

Since my last post, I've been organising and preparing with several institutions a number of Rubber Stamp Workshops for the spring and summer months. 

First up, Rubber Stamp Artistamps at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Saturday, 10 June; 10:30 – 16:30

Explore the possibilities of rubber stamping techniques in this one day workshop led by Stephen Fowler. Taking inspiration from the V&A collections, students will learn how to carve and print their own rubber stamps to be used to create an edition of artist postage stamp sheets to share and take away.
Suitable for beginners, all materials provided

Next: the Idler Academy,  
Sunday 18th June
The Idler Academy at Great Western Studios, 65 Alfred Road, London W2 5EU
1:30pm – 6pm

Over the course of this one-day workshop, you will realise the creative potential of D.I.Y rubber stamp printing. You will be taught how to carve rubber stamps from erasers, make single colour and multi-colour stamp prints, and to bind a limited editioned pamphlet book to house the group’s stamp impressions, as a keepsake for the day. All materials will be provided, and the price includes a Hendrick’s gin & tonic at the end of the session. We are offering a special Father’s Day gift discount: buy two tickets for only £100 (instead of £150) and invite your father, or someone special, along to spend a lovely Sunday afternoon creating your own rubber stamping pamphlet. 
Just call 0203 176 7907 or email to take advantage of this offer.

And finally;

University of the West of England, Bristol.
Tuesday 8th - Thursday 10th August 2017 at the Bower Ashton Studios, UWE Bristol, UK BS3 2JT. £200/£160
All materials, teas/coffees and lunch are included in the price

Another chance to catch my Artistamp Workshop, this is a more extensive workshop spread over 3 days. 

Artiststamps, or artists’ stamps, are closely associated with mail art; they reflect its spirit of marrying art and the everyday. Stamps signify payment, and mail artists test and tease the postal system with their playful appropriation of this official form of evidence.

Create an array of stamps during this workshop by learning how to carve rubber stamps from erasers and a number of DIY perforation techniques. 

The famous CFPR perforating machine will be available to use and Stephen will teach you how to create single and multiple-coloured stamp impressions, and mask and position rubber stamps accurately.You will be encouraged to send your results through the post to a national and international networks of mail artists.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Rubber Stamp Portraits at the London Book Launch

We were overjoyed to have Paddy Malloy's "Brave New Face " portrait stall at the London Launch of "Rubber Stamping" . It was a raving success !
Here are a few examples - more to follow !

Paper and Stamp pads were supplied by GFSmith and Blade Rubber Stamps

Rubber Stamp Workshop at the Art Workers Guild

At the end of the rubber stamp workshop participants placed their work to one side for everyone to see.  

Here's a few of the people who took part;

Harriet Higgins
Brother Rosie Collins
Donna Wilson
Demelza Oxley 
Jeannie Wilson
David Lemm
Will Hill
Marcus Haslam
Rob Lowe - Supermundane 
Isla Miller
Jackie Kirk
Edwood Burn
Hector Garay
Elva Fernández Rivero
Brother Roger Kneebone
Brother Celia Ward
Brother Prue Copper 
Brother Meredith Ramsbotham
Chloe Cheese
Pic Hall
Nammi Eu
Alex Czinczel
Eve Archer 
Jane Cradock Watson
Brother Rachael Matthews
Maureen Milsom
Leigh Milsom Fowler
William Fowler
Brother Zeel
Orson Coupland 
Bebe Higgins
Duisa Kneebone 
Tony Collins 

Jackie Kirk's page (top)
Jane Craddock Watson's page (bottom)

Many thanks to GFSmith paper and Blade Rubber Stamps for sponsoring the event ! 

More to follow . . . keep your eyes peeled ! 

Thursday, 27 October 2016

"Rubber Stamping", London Launch

The London launch for Rubber Stamping took place at London's Art Worker's Guild.
In the afternoon we ran a rubber stamp workshop in the Guild's magnificent hall.

Paper was generously supplied by GFSmith and rubber stamp inks by Blade Rubber Stamps.
Members of the Guild, and invited guests made carved rubber stamps in response to their surroundings, these prints were bound by Wyvern Bindery and are to be in auctioned to raise funds for the Guilds building fund.

I will post some of the prints over the coming week.

Rubber Stamping, Get Creative with Stamps, Rollers and Other Printmaking Techniques

At last my book's been published by Laurence King !
Nearly 2 years in the making.

Here are a few of its spreads.

Rob Ryan wrote an excellent forward for the book.

One of my favorite sections to write and make rubber stamps for, was the 'Materials, tools, and equipment' chapter. I really enjoyed carving the tool stamps, and putting down on paper all technical detail I've gleaned over the years.

Then came the essential pages of instructions, the basics, such as how to carve a rubber stamp. Here is a spread on deduction printing, the kamikaze printing method.

Overprinting - this spread came about quite magically. I wanted to replicate the CMYK colour wheel but in an imaginative way. Bulbs seemed an ideal solution, the resulting impressions created coloured spotlights of filtered light. 

For the avairy print I made a set rubber stamps from drawings of taxidermy birds I made, with my nephew & niece, at the Bristol City Museum.

Printing on food ! Yes you can print on food, specialist printing inks are available, or why not use food dye ?
Late one night, after several failed attempts I finally mastered how to make royal icing, its the only way to create these stamped alphabet biscuits. 

Mail Art, this is something I'm really getting into, it's remarkable. After sending dozens of pieces of post out into the world, you'll receive an overwhelming response in return. Try it, you'll full in love with the process, a perfect marriage of life & art.

The work here is a record of my correspondence between the artist Jo Cook and myself. 

The last section of the book features several alternative printing methods, or what I like to call primitive printing processes. My favorite of which is Roller Printing.

I hope you like the book, do let me know what you think.

Primitive Print in the City 3

I've been so busy, that I've fallen behind on my blogging, I'm still trying to catch up with my Summer School workshops.

The last class was "Print in the City 3 " at UWE. For the last 3 years we've been running primitive print making classes in the city of Bristol. This year we were based in the MShed, a fantastic museum in the heart of the city, it's focus, Bristol.
Building on the foundations of the previous industrial museum, it holds tons of exciting machines, vehicles, huge signs and other bits and pieces in its storage depot, Eduardo Paolozzi's heaven essentially. Outside, on the harbourside you'll find more signs, and other industrial paraphernalia. An excellent place to make primitive prints.

We started off making clay prints.

First roll out some clay on an interesting surface.

Ink up the clay impression (using relief printing ink & roller)

And press down on paper !

 Plaster Printing 
 Using the items found in the Mshed storage depot as subject matter,

the participants made a number of carved plaster blocks - these have been sealed with button polish.

Frottage or Creative Rubbings. 

On the last day we made a number of rubbings from a number of interesting surfaces.

For a far more detailed and delightful post on the summer school visit Lilla Duignan
blog , its brilliant !
thanks to Ruth Sidwick for the photographs.