4 Powell Road
My specialism is lateral thinking, resolving the complexity encountered in the world with reductive poetic logic. I intertwine commercial and cultural practice: responding to the paradox of daily life and the complexities of project assignments. I seek focused solutions that feel inevitable. I get there by starting at the beginning, asking why, what if… then making sense of the things I find with radical acceptance and by embracing truth.
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The Million Edition Rubber Stamp
Erratum (29th April 2019)
I visited Boekie Woekie in 1993, as an 18 year old graphic design student from Ravensbourne College. I discovered Michael Gibbs postcard…
Limited edition of one million
Unable to afford to buy it, I made a note in my sketchbook. Approx a year later, I copied the work and made my own rubber stamp, and used it to stamp the back of my handmade greeting cards.
Looking back, I did not think anything of taking and using another artists work. In fact I did not remember who had made it or where I had originally encountered it. Coming from the context of design, it was very common to browse design annuals and magazines and copy layouts and compositions.
Today I feel embarrassed, and ashamed. It is this work that seeded the idea for The world’s largest signed and numbered limited edition artwork.
26 years later, how do I correct and apologies for copying an artwork as a naive teenager? If it was not for my friend and avid artist postcard collector Jeremy Cooper, who recently discovered Gibbs postcard and who shared with me, I probably would never have returned to consider or have remembered. I would have lived in self denial, that it was I who was the author, forgetting I had copied, stolen and replicated Gibbs work. As time passed I really thought I had made the work.
I owe a lot to this work, I should have been pointing to it, and sharing, not taking credit and fake authorship.