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Boom-Bust Stamp Set
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I’d like to produce a set of stamps that anyone can use to create complex tile-based compositions on paper. More than just abstract patterns, the stamp designs will have a specific cultural theme, offerings icons of real world objects and landscape features to play with. The main idea is that creating a composition with these stamps will actually be an exercise in worldbuilding.
Much of my past work as an artist has been concerned with the breaking down and building back up of anthropocenic landscapes using tilesets just like the one I’ll use for this stamp set. It’s my view that the world around us is becoming increasingly pliable and customizable, and that the practice of worldbuilding, in art and elsewhere, can be an important creative exercise that helps us figure out who we are and where we’re heading as a society.
The stamp designs for this set will be derived from a previous project that centered on the silver mining culture of 19th century Nevada (hence the Boom and Bust reference in the title). As a cultural setting I think this resonates pretty well with the frequently booming and busting nature of the Bay Area’s economy. Not to mention the fact that a lot of the capital raised by mining Nevada actually went into building San Francisco back in the day.
A detailed view of a single stamp can be seen in Image 1. The stamp heads will be made from natural rubber and cut using a laser engraving machine (possible source for this tool is the Tech Shop in San Francisco). The tetrahedron handle will be 5 inches tall and 1 inch by 1 inch at each base. A potential method for the handle’s fabrication would be making a rubber mold and using a centrifugal caster. Ideal materials for this method would be an affordable metal or resin. I have a clear vision for the product’s form and will use my time as a resident to experiment with different materials and fabrication methods. Each stamp will be dual-sided with a unique design on one end and its inverse on the other. Ideally the entire set will consist of 128 designs to create with (this number can be scaled down to adjust for cost).
To keep everything organized, each stamp set will come with a special case that includes a practice pad for testing out ideas (see prototype video and image 2). The case could be laser cut and made out of birch wood, using a tab and slot method for easy assembly (see image 3 and 4). The practice pad will be an 8 inch by 8 inch gridded vellum paper (see image 5). Since vellum is translucent, users of the stamp set can overlay the sheets on top of each other to see what layered effects they can create.
The remaining images I’ve included are of my homemade stamp sets and some of the print work I’ve done using a tile-based method.