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A Stomping Great Stamp

Rubber stamp prints by Dave, Liz and Jacquetta

Rubber stamp prints by Dave, Liz and Jacquetta

Do you remember the first mark That You made? 

Mine was drawing on my bedroom wall when I was five. My mum was very generous and drew a square on the wall and said I could draw on the wall as long as it was inside that square. I was happy as long as I could keep on drawing.

Maybe yours was printing with potatoes. You sliced it in half, carved out a shape with a knife, dipped it in paint and printed it all over sheets of newsprint and maybe tried out a new pattern on the kitchen floor. Maybe you were four. Maybe ten. Maybe twenty. 

When I went to art college I just wanted to draw and paint. I wasn’t interested in printing. My first memory of printing was with potatoes. I was in my early thirties and then I tried printing with rubbers and then lino and then letterpress and woodblock printing and I fell completely in love with whole process of printmaking. 

We’ve all been making marks since the day we were born and if you can’t remember, it’s never too late to plant new memories.

Here are some rubber stamp prints made by Liz, Dave and Jacquetta who came to a recent rubber-stamp workshop at Salt cafe, Bristol. They really enjoyed having the time and space to have a stomping good stamp and no-one was under the age of thirty!

It’s never too late to make your mark  

Dave’s cross and circle stamps

Dave’s cross and circle stamps

Jacquetta’s house and multicolour chevron stamps 

Jacquetta’s house and multicolour chevron stamps 

Liz’s multicolour circle and square stamps

Liz’s multicolour circle and square stamps

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Potato Face by Mog

Rubber Stamp Printing at Salt Cafe

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With Mother’s Day around the corner this workshop is the ideal space to create a lovely, unique and personalised hand crafted gift.

This will be the last printing workshop at the lovely Salt Cafe which sadly will be closing this spring 2018. Take this opportunity to enjoy Alan and Alice's beautiful light and airy space and create your own hand carved rubber stamp and hand printed mini journal.

What You Get

An introductory workshop for anyone wanting to have a go at rubber-stamping and hands-on printing. The opportunity to make time and space to create your very own personalised hand carved stamp and hand stamped mini journal. 

Play

The workshop is suitable for total beginners. This will be your space to explore and experiment with mark-making and rubber-stamp cut images (hand-carved by you) in the light and airy space at Salt Cafe. With an emphasis on your own creativity, come and play and print on 100% recycled card and paper. Take home your own hand stamped and hand stitched mini printed journal. 

All materials included.

Cost

£30 per person

Tea & Cake!

A complimentary £5 off Salt Cafe's delicious range of tea and cake will be included as part of this workshop. Yum Yum! : ))

Date

Tuesday 6th March 2018

9.30am - 12pm

An Artist’s Date with Adela Breton

Celebrating Easter Sunday with a walk around Bristol in the sunshine. I usually travel everywhere by bike so today I decided to slow down and just walk. I stopped and looked at things a little more closely than usual. The bees in the flowers. The ripples on the water from boats passing. Signs on buildings I’ve never seen before. Dogs walking their people! It was a quiet Sunday but I still managed to bump into a familiar face and we walked together. We walked and talked along the docks and parted as we reached the centre of town. I made my way to Bristol Museum to see their latest exhibition.

Adela Breton: Ancient Mexico in Colour

In the late 1800’s, archeological artist and adventurer, Adela Breton, travelled around Mexico with her guide Pablo Solorio making copies of the wall paintings in temples in Chichén Itzá, Teotihuacan and Acancéh. She painted the copies with watercolours which still hold their vibrancy today as the original wall paintings begin to fade over time. 

"Adela Breton always carried a sketchbook with her, giving a 'diary' of her travels. This one has sketches of landscapes, flowers and ruins of Mexico and Canada. It includes sketches made on her climb up the volcano of Iztaccihuatl, in snow and across glaciers, up to 15,000 feet above sea level - Adela Breton also carried a notebook at all times, and made notes of lectures, objects she saw in museums, and books she read." Bristol Museum

I was especially drawn to Adela’s sketchbooks of the places she visited on her travels. I have kept sketchbooks for many years and am mostly inspired to draw when I’m travelling and sitting in cafes. In the last couple of years I've been sketching antique netsuke from museums to make a collection of mini woodblock prints. Today after walking in the sunshine and looking through the sketchbooks of Adela Breton, I was eager to sit down, open my own sketchbook and take in my surroundings. The cafe where I was having lunch was the perfect spot. 

When I finished my lunch and my sketch, I walked home remembering the paragraph from Julia Cameron’s book Walking in this World.

“Walking and talking humanize my life, draw it to an ancient and comforting scale. We live as we move, a step at a time, and there is something in gentle walking that reminds me of how I must live if I am to savour this life that I have been given.” Julia Cameron
Clockwise from top left: Landscape from Adela Breton's sketchbook. Landscape from Adela Breton's sketchbook. Adela Breton's notebook of the Maya calendar. All three from Bristol Museum. A sketch I made today at Pinkman's Bakery, Bristol. 

Clockwise from top left: Landscape from Adela Breton's sketchbook. Landscape from Adela Breton's sketchbook. Adela Breton's notebook of the Maya calendar. All three from Bristol Museum. A sketch I made today at Pinkman's Bakery, Bristol. 

Rubber Stamp Printing at Salt Cafe

Rubber Stamp Printing at Salt Cafe

New workshop coming up at Salt Cafe!

Tuesday 28th February 2017

9am - 12pm

£35 per person

Half Day Rubber Stamp Taster Workshop with Mog Fry of eightfivepress

what you get

An introductory workshop for anyone wanting to have a go at rubber-stamping and hands-on printing. The opportunity to make time and space to create your very own personalised cards and prints.

play

The workshop is suitable for total beginners. This will be your space to explore and experiment with mark-making and rubber-stamp cut images (hand-carved by you) in the light and airy space at Salt Cafe. With an emphasis on your own creativity, come and play and print on 100% recycled card and paper.

All materials included.

Tea & Cake!

A complimentary £5 off Salt Cafe's delicious range of tea and cake will be included as part of this workshop. Yum Yum! : ))

Book your space via Paypal button below.

Salt Café Deli

01173292970
mail@saltcafebristol.co.uk
120 St. George’s Rd, Bristol, BS1 5UJ

Workshop Terms

If you are under the age of 16 you may attend with a parent or guardian. Both of you will require a valid workshop booking and be present at the workshop.

Refunds And Cancellations

All workshops are non-refundable with the exception of cancellation on part of the workshop facilitator. Not showing up to a workshop means you forfeit your money and will not be eligible for a refund or change to a future workshop date. Rebooking is only available as an exception in emergency situations. A rebooking fee will be required.

 

 

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