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Minnesota Centre for Book Arts S. Helmes & W. Gaglione Rubber Stamp Archive's Rubber Stamp Artist Residency (Portfolio)

Fowler, Stephen (2017) Minnesota Centre for Book Arts S. Helmes & W. Gaglione Rubber Stamp Archive's Rubber Stamp Artist Residency (Portfolio). UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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I was the first artist to be invited to work with Minnesota Centre for Book Arts newly acquired rubber stamp archive. The archive consists of over 70,000 stamps, and stamp related artefacts, donated from two significant and respected artists; from the concrete poetry, Fluxus, mail and rubber stamp scenes of the 1960s and 1970s; Scott Helmes and ‘Picasso’ Gaglione. • Building on the work completed by the MCBA’s volunteer cataloguers, I sought to make a visual catalogue representation of the archive, through printed impressions of the stamps, and in doing so it became a ‘working archive’; the original aim of the centre’s archive. • I was particularly interested in investigating the many commercial applications of American rubber stamps in the areas of education, toys/games, business, authority and documentation for example. I, being removed from American culture, coming from a UK DIY hand carved rubber stamp tradition, had some freedom to work with and change the original meanings and intentions of the stamps through experiential creativity and play; juxtaposing, overlaying stamps from different contexts, and eras. • Encouraged by MCBA’s curator Jeff Rathermel and Scott Helmes; I explored stamping composition and sequence through making a small edition of stamped artist books/zines; called ‘Stamps’ and ‘KUNTERBUNT IV’. (The latter book, being included in a collection of books curated by Helmes called, ‘VIVA’, which will be sold to international artist book collectors and museum/galleries collections). • The stamp sets as artefacts became of interest to me, the box size, packaging; type and image/illustration, the design and stamp selection, be it, subject matter or font for example, and who they are aimed for. This fascination was enabled to be expressed when I was commissioned by MCBA’s trusties to make a set of stamps for Reff Rathermel. • I edited my stamp compositions created in the archive, and with the art direction of Craig Atkinson, these were reproduced in a small book and included in an artefact box of badges, and original artistamps published by Atkinson’s Café Royal Books, launched at the international artist book event BABE, at Bristol’s Arnolfini Gallery.

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A pdf file documenting this arts practice-based research portfolio is available to download from this record.
Outputs related to the Minnesota Centre for Book Arts S. Helmes & W. Gaglione Rubber Stamp Archive's Rubber Stamp Artist Residency can be accessed via the following links:

Fowler, Stephen (2017) Rubber Stamps an Official Language. In: All Inked Up, Friday 13th October 2017, University of the Creative Arts, Canterbury, 12 Edward Rd, Canterbury.

Rubber Stamps
Fowler, Stephen, Helmes, S. and Gaglione, W. (2017) Rubber Stamps. Cafe Royal.

Fowler, Stephen (2016) Rubber Stamping: Get Creative with Stamps, Rollers and Other Printmaking Techniques. Laurence King Publishing, London.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: rubber stamps, rubber stamp printing process, artist in residence, Minnesota Centre for Book Arts, The S. Helmes & W. Gaglione Rubber Stamp Archive, commercial market, American rubber stamps
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Arts
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Depositing User: Stephen Fowler
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2020 10:08
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 14:39

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