Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research
  CPD wideformat course

Primitive Printmaking


led by: Stephen Fowler
dates: 28 July - 1 August 2014
times: 9.30am - 4.30pm
This course has finished and will run again in the summer of 2015

 images from the course

Feedback from this years delegates:

"The best aspect of the course was the opportunity to try out alll the various printmaking methods and gathering materials on the field trip for printing back in the studio"


"Experimental and fun - we covered a huge amount in 5 days"


"Everything was Excellent!"


"Excellent tutor and so many different methods to choose from"


"The tutor was very helpful, inventive and worked with us as individuals and as a group"

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 & souvenirs to inspire the remaining 3 days in the print-room.


Course Tutor

Stephen Fowler is a Folk Artist of extraordinary complexity, who over the past 5 years has created a vast body of work illustrating a deep emotional journey of personal identity. His multifarious 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 shell fish, Fowler presents us with a plethora of assorted drawings, paintings, prints, posters, intricate handmade bookworks, leaflets, flyers, badges, sculptures, found objects and ephemera which reflect his various obsessions for graphics, poetry, old records, photographs, film.