Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Getting ready for Primitive Printmaking.

I'm preparing for my 'Primitive Printmaking' summer school at the University of the West of England.

Part field trip/part print-room based, this experiential course takes Bristol as its starting point to explore a variety of 'primitive print' approaches, including; adapted roller printing (using carved scaffolding foam and pipe lagging), carved rubber stamp, root vegetable printmaking (such as yams & potatoes), clay block printing (utilising reliefs created by clay impressions of objects and surfaces), plaster printing (from hand engraved blocks of plaster) and creative surface rubbings from collage constructions.
The more portable printing techniques will from part of a 2-day field trip to record and collect raw material from the city's parks, river, streets, market, galleries and museums. You will be encouraged to draw areas of interest and collect artefacts and souvenirs to inspire the remaining 3 days in the print-room. 

It runs from for 5 days from 28th July to 1st August 

Researching I came across a charming British Pathe film on the great pursuit of Coal-Hole Rubbings

Page Phillips, an antiques dealer, discovered that coal hole covers could be rubbed, just like brass rubbings. M/S of a man at night with his paper and rubbing equipment. He kneels on a pavement and starts rubbing to get a print. In the day, we see Page taping cartridge paper over a coal hole cover in the pavement, and making his rubbing. In his shop we see various prints, and a woman buying one which has been made into a table mat.

And I came across a book by Mark Simmonds
take a look at it online:  Some Examples of Coal Hole Covers          
and I 

Take a look at this book as well,