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All My Rubberstamps by Mark Pawson
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bookshelves: art, artists-books

Mark's a friend of mine. I was even his 1st employee when he was a button maker & I was in London in 1988 - broke, as usual. I don't know how much each bk differed from copy to copy but in my copy there's a "dedicated to" list that has all the names in red except mine wch is in light blue - so he obviously customized some of them.

The rubberstamps are organized in categories: "HAD SINCE CHILDHOOD", "CUSTOM MADE", "JAPANESE", "BREAKFAST CEREAL", etc.. As w/ everything I've seen that Mark's made, there's a very particular sensibility at work. The presentation of the images is neatly composed to show everything in full - except for on the cover where the chaos of his correspondent friends is all overlapped. There's plenty of good humor:

"It is because you are one of my closest personal friends that I have taken this special time to write you this warm and extremely personal message" is, of course, ironic in rubberstamp form.

At the end it even says: "FREE PRODUCT UPGRADE RETURN THIS BOOK ANYTIME I'LL UPDATE AND RETURN IT YOU PAY THE POSTAGE" I find that to be a particularly nice touch.
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April 28, 2008 – Shelved
April 28, 2008 – Shelved as: art
April 28, 2008 – Shelved as: artists-books

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Rupert I've always loved Mark and his projects. I had a real surprise early one morning a few years back. I was reviewing a new novel, Dirty Havana Trilogy, for the City Paper and reading at the godawful early hour of around 6am - you know how I feel about waking early. To my shock in the first two pages the narrator who lives in Cuba receives a mail art postcard from his British friend Mark. The postcard is Mark Pawson's some asshole stole my bike wheel project! Sadly the novel was turgid and dull, but it was worth it for the first two pages.

Tentatively, Convenience Love "Mark and his projects"?! Yeah, me too. The photocopy wallpaper he made for Pete Horobin was wonderful. I liked his Cavellini stickered toilet seat too! - wch he was trying to sell for a (by Mark's or my standards) high price. Wonder if he ever managed?

As for the story about the novel that Mark's mentioned in, WUNDERBAR! I'd love to have some sort of documentation of who we know is in wch novels, etc. Ivan Stang is in a John Shirley (?) SF & I had a correspondent tell me that he'd written a novel w/ me as the main (?) character. Then he never wrote to me again (?). It might've been a prank meant to tweak my egomania. I reckon I'll never know. Anyway, it's funny to think about our friends being characters in novels read by people after we're dead - read by people who have no idea whether we were 'real' or not (& probably not caring).

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