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. 

Friday, 23 September 2016

Mail Art Envelopes.

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.

Dispersing UWE Artstamps around the world

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 !! ) 

Artistamps from UWE summer school

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

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Receive Artistamps Through The Post !

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.