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.
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.
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,
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 ! seeingthings.me.uk/blog/?p=2779
thanks to Ruth Sidwick for the photographs.
How did the UWE summer school Artistamps get to their destinations ? I sent them off in these rubber stamped envelopes. Mail Art isn't just a thing,its a process as well. Being the recipient can be an euphoric experience,and the posting can be a magical as well. If you're lucky, post office clerks will join in, and collaborate with you, taking time (much to the annoyance to the remaining queue) to select colour, or theme related commemorative postage stamps for your mail.
Craig, Jen, Jane, Becky, Steve & Charlotte dispersed their stamps around the world via the Mail Art network. Correspondent Artists, the "Sticker Dude" and Vizma Bruns were some of the lucky recipients.
Stamp collection photographed by Vizma Bruns ( they arrived safely - Phew !! )
During one the summer months I ran a summer school at the Centre for Fine Print Research, part of University of the West of England. The focus was Artistamps, participants made sheets of postage stamps out of carved erasers and perforated paper. Using a variety of methods they made the classic perforated marks; adapted sowing machines, roulette leather tools (with funky foam underneath when piercing paper), and the department's victorian perforating machine, were all employed
" Snail Mail " stamps by Charlotte Hall.
Craig Atkinson stamps
" Obsolete " stamps by Jane
Space Race themed Artistamps by Steve Tarry.
" Secret " Stamps by Chloe Alexander
" Donkey " & Ice "Scream" stamps by Rebecca Weeks " Cats " by Jen Goldsworthy
Hello everyone, I'm going to be running a (Rubber Stamp) Artistamps workshop from 20th July to the 22 July at the University of the West of England, Bristol. The participants and I are very keen to, and interested in sending these faux stamps out into the world. If anyone would like to receive some of the Artistamps please send Mail Art envelopes or post cards to my address before the workshop date, and we'll return your Mail covered with our stamps. Please email me to obtain the address.
Hope this finds you well. What is an Artistamp ? 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.
The H/G Archive is one of the largest repositories of rubber stamps and stamp-related materials in the world. Comprised of hundreds of commercial and one-of-a-kind boxed sets and over 70,000 individual stamps spanning a period of 120 years, the H/G Archive is both comprehensive and incredibly diverse. In addition to physical stamps, the collection includes original stamp art, artists’ books, limited edition publications, journals, catalogs, reference materials, correspondence art, assemblings, design specifications, posters, and production materials. The mission of the H/G Archive is to preserve historical, rare and unique tools of artistic expression while maintaining their accessibility to artists wishing to incorporate them into their creative practice. It is a living archive where use by artists and researchers is encouraged. An exhibition in Open Book’s second floor Literary Commons presents just a few examples of the H/G Archive’s holdings. It offers a rudimentary history primer and demonstrates rubber stamp use by contemporary artists. From Dada and Fluxus practitioners to concrete poets and correspondence artists, rubber stamps facilitate creativity through their inherent immediacy and operative flexibility. They allow artists to simultaneously reference and critique a range of topics from banal day-to-day life to long established social institutions. The S. Helmes and W. Gaglione Rubber Stamp Archive will officially open to the public in mid-2017 after initial documentation and cataloging has been completed. At that time it will begin fulfilling its mission by providing unique resources for art-making to emerging and established artists; serving as an educational collection that demonstrates history and social change; supporting future exhibitions and workshops; preserving and maintaining a traditional creative practices; and enhancing Minnesota Center for Book Art’s programming. ABOUT THE FOUNDERS SCOTT HELMES Scott Helmes is a visual poet who began collecting rubber stamp sets in 1974. His poetry stretches the limits of language, explores the multifaceted concepts of meaning, and encompasses all manners of reading. His work also investigates typographic concepts, printing methods, and alternative letter forms within the modern meaning of communication. Helmes’ poetry is realized through a variety of techniques and materials such as rubber stamps, stencils, and collage. He has exhibited internationally and his work is in the collections of some of the world’s leading institutions, including Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, Paris’ Bibliotheque Nationale de France, and Frankfurt’s Museum für Kunsthandwerk. WILLIAM “PICASSO” GAGLIONE An avid collector of all things, William “Picasso” Gaglione was the original owner of Stamp Francisco and has been involved with rubber stamp art and rubber stamp manufacturing for decades. He is currently the co-proprietor of Chicago's Stampland. His artistic influence on the world of rubber stamping has been documented extensively through numerous international exhibitions and publications. As a publisher, he has produced multiple boxed exhibition catalogs and assembling periodicals such as Stampzine. Gaglione has created many aliases and identifications during his long career as a conceptual artist (Picasso, Dadaland, etc.) and he continues to prolifically create and perform as a neo-Dadist, Fluxus practitioner, and correspondence artist.
The Craft of Medicine at the Welcome Collection's reading room was a great success, the discussions taking place during the day were inspiring and insightful. I had many a visitor commenting on the links between teaching, patient consultations and how to offer support encouragement during these interactions. I took part of my rubber stamp archive along, visitors to my table spent time experimenting with them, making all manner of interconnecting print impressions. Its always fascinating to watch people using my stamps and the marriages of colour and stamp subject matter they create. I also taught several surgeons to carve their own rubber stamps, they found it to be not only a practical and immediate process , but a therapeutic one to boot - of course they were very good at it - all that practice of with sharp scalpels. Here is a link to another similar event organised by the great Roger Kneebone and the Art Workers Guild - this should give you a flavour of such meetings. Thinking With Your Hands And here's a picture of the Reading Room, an inspiring place to work and talk.
I've been invited to take part in what will no doubt prove to be an insightful day of conversations between artists/crafters/makers and clinicians.
The Craft of Medicine: Illumination through Conversation DISCUSSION DROP IN Saturday 14 May 2016 11:00-17:00 What can a surgeon and a tailor learn from one another? More than you might imagine… The concept of ‘bespoke’ - a collaborative process founded on a relationship of trust and mediated through the highest levels of craftsmanship - provides a rich metaphor for clinical care. But framing medicine as a craft can bring other unexpected insights, challenging assumptions and open new ways of thinking. Join clinicians and craftsmen in an unconventional day of informal conversation that invites you to explore hidden similarities between apparently unconnected areas of expertise. And try some handiwork of your own. Speakers Roger Kneebone, surgeon, GP and academic A group of diverse and expert clinicians, including surgeons and GPs Craftsmen from The Art Workers' Guild: Vicki Ambery-Smith (jeweller), Joshua Byrne, ( bespoke tailor from Saville Row ) Andrew Davidson (wood engraver and illustrator) Stephen Fowler, (rubber stamp carver) Rachael Matthews (textile artist) Fleur Oakes (lacemaker) Jane Smith (hatmaker) This event is FREE. https://wellcomecollection.org/events/craft-medicine-illumination-through-conversation
for its 3rd year, it’s the Primitive Print summer school at UWE,
be great if you can make it,
are all the details.
Primitive Print in the City 3
LED BY: STEPHEN FOWLER
DATES: 26-27 JULY 2016
TIMES:9.30AM - 4.30PM
PRICE:£170 FULL PRICE OR £136 CONCESSIONARY RATE
INCLUDES: MATERIALS AND CATERING.
BOOK ONLINE NOW: THE ONLINE STORE
This is the third year for the primitive print summer workshop,
this time we will be printing exclusively in the field, we will visit the
city’s parks, riverside, streets, market, galleries and museums to collect raw
materials and make prints over the two days.
course, takes Bristol as its starting point to explore a variety of ‘primitive
print’ approaches, including; 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 found objects printing