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Inky Stamps: variety sampler

I gather inky stamps (of many sorts but mostly olden postal-related ones, usually found on the dusty bottom shelves of forgotten stationery/office supply shops, forlorn and bereft) and have assorted collections scattered in various pouches located in storage lockers, desk drawers, forgotten suitcases and rucksacks for handy deployment as needed.

Pictured above are some of the aforementioned stamps, stamped (obviously) onto one page for my reference. Noting some are woodcut and other metal designed for letterpress print use. One is (again obviously) custom designed.

Carry on.

Forgotten Vancouver Stories (aka Poets, Punks and Revolutions) / collage art boards

Forgotten Vancouver Stories: 1 - Everything is ephemera
Forgotten Vancouver Stories: 1 – Everything is ephemera (maps, tickets, pins, pennants) #daveostory

Artifact dossier: Collage art boards from “Forgotten Vancouver Stories (aka Poets, Punks and Revolutions)” spiel presented in various formats at Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver, All-start edition, and Northern Voice 2013 closing keynote. Video and roundup of both prezos exists elsewhere in this archive.

Each collage “slide” was handmade (obviously) with ephemera from my personal collection (exceptions credited on final “slide”) then, arranged on hemp cloth “storyboards”, photographed by Rachel Ashe, then disassembled. An analog to digital remix of sorts. Presented here in rather large size for your printing/screensaver/ amusement and posterity.

Forgotten Vancouver Stories: 2 - Young time stories
Forgotten Vancouver Stories: 2 – Young time stories

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Items, assembled: Stationery (notebooks, typewriter ribbon, stamps, clips etc)

Assembled: notebooks, typewriter ribbon, paperclips, ink stamps, etc. – all critical-ish tools for a crafty-ish poet.

Items: stationery, typewriter ribbon (Swallow, made in England, red tin)
Items: stationery, typewriter ribbon (Swallow, made in England, red tin)
Items: stationery, paper clips ("Atom", brown box, trigonal contents - with rubber band)
Items: stationery, paper clips (“Atom”, brown box, trigonal contents – with rubber band)
Items: stationery, notebook (orange with clasp)
Items: stationery, notebook (orange with clasp)

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Items: Forgotten in Drawers, Vol. 1, 2, 3 – back covers

Items: Forgotten in Drawers, Vol. 1 – chapbook (backcover)Items: Forgotten in Drawers, Vol. 1 – chapbook (backcover)
Items: Forgotten in Drawers, Vol. 1 – chapbook (backcover)

Archival documentation from a series of poetry, made into chapbooks called “Items: Forgotten in Drawers” – basically freeverse poetry chopped up and pasted onto (usually olden) hotel letterhead, assembled amongst other paper ephemera items to create little tomes of eclectic-ness.

Then, each of the 3 cycles (so far), gets a special cover – front and back – made from other repurposed / forgotten paper (i.e. bankbook) and embellished (usually by hand) with other papery items (i.e. stamps or postcards) to make each of the run unique.

Oh, see a variety of the finished hand-made books featuring the front covers &/or read/see the Items: Forgotten poem pages which abide within.

Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 2) back cover
Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 2) back cover

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Items, assembled: Kerala (stationery, ephemera, oddments etc.)

Notebook, Beedies, Lighter, Orange, Banyan leaf: India, Items Assembled
Notebook, Beedies, Lighter, Orange, Banyan leaf: India, Items Assembled
Watercolour set: India, Items Assembled
Watercolour set: India, Items Assembled

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Poems in process (Circumnavigation)

Chopping, editing, and curating #poems by pairing them with fuzzy, vaguely metaphorical Lomo snapshots, like cheap wine and old cheese. Themes of circumnavigation, hubris, abandonment, confusion, rainy windows, dogmatic traditions, jealousy and zealots.

Items: Forgotten in Drawers, Vol. 1 – handmade chapbook covers

Items: Forgotten in Drawers, Vol. 1 – chapbook 7
Items: Forgotten in Drawers, Vol. 1 – chapbook 7

A collection of chapbooks called “Items: Forgotten in Drawers” made in 2017 from handwritten poetry created in Asia, Arabia, Mediterranean, then (roughly) transcribed and printed in BC, cut and glued to vintage hotel stationery in Montréal, bulk printed and collated in Vegas, assembled in Utah, and given as gifts for my birthday.

Each one hand-cut/stitched and (obviously) uniquely finished with stamps (postal and inky), with affection.  Run of 12 if I recall, most documented here. Turns out this collection is “Volume 1” as more similar collection have followed.

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Still Life with Scissors and Glue

Went a little crazy shopping today. You know, I’m quite a consumer.

#Art #Craft #ArtsAndCrafts #Supplies #Tiny #Scissors #Glue #Pen #Scrapbook #Journal

Clinic Room Tour: Art supplies + Other Oddments in Kerala, India

In a room at an Ayurvedic clinic in Thrippunithura, Kerala, India, Dave review a variety of items purchases including scissors, glues, paints, old coins, currency, wallets, envelopes, bunch of cancelled stamps, handmade paper and a yellow shirt.

Scrapbook conundrum (considerations with Audrey Hepburn)

A strange conundrum I face when finishing a batch of scrap/note/journals is: which to keep for myself.

Much of the joy – along with the meditative calm – comes from giving them to other people, especially when there is some characteristic which makes the match obvious.

But, like paintings, each becomes like a wee child for which I am careful to ensure a good home.

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