As many people have been asking where they can see more of the works produced, here is a gallery of works in progress and finished sheets.
Artistamps, 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.
Participants created an array of stamps during this 3-day workshop, learning how to carve erasers and adapt a sewing machine to perforate paper. Some of the results have been sent through the post to a network national and international mail artists.
The famous CFPR Victorian perforating machine saw some action, and Stephen demonstrated how to create single and multiple coloured stamp impressions, and mask and position rubber stamps accurately.
Stephen Fowler is a Folk Artist of extraordinary complexity whose practice embraces many traditional crafts, forgotten techniques and skills that belong to bygone age, drawing freely from the worlds of Dada, Surrealism, Constructivism, Abstract Expressionism, Outsider Art and Steam Punk to create his own diverse aesthetic. From naïve paintings of remote architecture, places of worship and hospitals, to moving portraits of troubled individuals, plant life and shellfish, Fowler presents us with a plethora of assorted drawings, paintings, prints, posters, intricate handmade book works, leaflets, flyers, badges, sculptures, found objects and ephemera which reflect his various obsessions for graphics, poetry, old records, photographs, film.
A lovely surprise was that Stephen’s copy of the book he has written for Laurence King arrived during class. The book will be available from October 2016, but we got a sneak preview and it looks wonderful!
Stephen Fowler:Rubber Stamping: Get Creative with Stamps, Rollers and Other Printmaking Techniques, Laurence King, October 2016. ISBN 978-1780678658. Look out for some launches at a venue near you in the autumn!
Participants in the workshop were:
Chloe Alexander, Craig Atkinson, Jennifer Goldsworthy, Charlotte Hall, Steve Tarry, Jane Warring, Rebecca Weeks.