Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research


led by: Stephen Fowler
dates: 8 -10 August 2017
times: 9.30AM - 4.30PM
price: £200 Full Price or £160 Concessionary Price
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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.

Small press publications, rubber stamps and alternative printmaking are the focus of Stephen Fowler's authorial illustration practice. His zines and artist books are held in national collections such as the Tate and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Fowler has also run collaborative and experiential workshops in printmaking and drawing at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Birmingham Library, the V&A, the Wallace Collection, Arnolfini, Hayward Gallery’s Wide Open School, and Margate’s Turner Contemporary gallery.

His book on rubber stamping, published Laurence King publishing, is out now.

Feedback from the 2016 course

Why did you attend the course?

The tutor, Stephen Fowler, was highly recommended by former students.
To learn printmaking skills I can use at home to develop my own practice.
To gain further experience in making stamps, with particular emphasis on artiststamps which was unfamiliar to me. I also really enjoy returning to UWE for the CPD courses to keep in touch with former students from my year.
To learn new skills and develop my practice, take techniques from the workshop to incorporate within my art and meet the legendary Stephen Fowler.
To further my knowledge in artiststamps and the techniques involved.
To aid a creative block.
The use of specialist equipment.
To expand my experience of printmaking

How do you rate the tutor?

I highly rate the tutor – passionate and knowledgeable about the subject matter.
Stephen was excellent – he is kind, patient and extremely enthusiastic.
Engaging, informative, interesting, approachable, fun, humble, modest, relaxed, learned – top notch.
Very highly.

What was the best aspect of the course?

All the days were well organised and informative.
Experimenting, being inspired, meeting other creative people, learning skills.
Great course, great idea.
The best aspect for me was turning my design into a stamp using the perforator! I also found out I could make perforations using a dressmakers wheel so I can continue creating ‘stamps’ at home.
Fun, fun and more fun! Will come back next year to do more.
The use of an antique perforator held at UWE.
Stephen showing us alternative methods using equipment found in the home environment.
Every part, extremely well tutored and managed.

This course will be held at UWE Bristol’s Bower Ashton Studios with a maximum of 8 participants.

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or if you prefer you can send us a cheque made payable to UWE Bristol and post to:

Centre for Fine Print Research
University of the West of England
Room 0B9
Bower Ashton Studios
Kennel Lodge Road
Bristol BS3 2JT


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