Artistamps you ask?
The above is a cyber stamp only, no hard copies available.
I first got turned on to artistamps way back in the 70's
by an artist called William Rowe. He had produced a book called Surreal
Stickers and Unreal Stamps. At the time I was collecting stickers and his
were out of this world. I made fun jewerly with them and decorated envelopes...little
did I know in the future I'd be making them too.
Artistamps are miniatures, owing to their size, but
they aren't "miniatures" in the traditional sense because they
are infact smaller and often not one of a kind, although they can be.
Artistamps are often stickers. We stick them. They come
with dry adhesive or in crack and peel format, or we add glue by hand to
make it stick. As such, they are stickers. But they aren't stickers, because,
although they are stuck, their form, symbols and meaning set them into another
Artistamps are stamps: they are intended to be "like"
postage stamps in form, symbol and meaning. But they aren't postage stamps
because no "macro-nation", to borrow a term from the world of
imaginary countries, accepts them as legal, which is okay since most of
us don't want them to be accepted as such.
Artistamps are cindarellas [philatilest term for non-postage
stamp stamps]. But they aren't cindarellas, because, I believe, for most
of their creators they are a form of artistic expression AND are intended
to be seen as postage stamp like, not sticker like.
But by discussing them this way I've made some assumptions
about what "artistamps" are: I've assumed they are small and that
they stick and that they are like postage stamps...
And some of us were making artistamps before we'd even
heard of artistamps, so were those early works REALLY "artistamps"?
What I'm coming to is that to define them, to know them
when we see them, we have to have guidelines, or "rules" to distinguish
them from other little pieces of art or creativity. So when we discuss artistamps
on this board, we all have bought into a certain set of rules that define
what artistamps are. We may not all agree on every single rule which is
to be included, but there is agreement....
generally small, usually postage stamp sized like governmental
postage stamps in form, more or less according to the designer's whim/intent
often stick, but not always are created as singles to be stuck, or are created
as sheets to be admired can be considered art, or play can be any 2d medium
can be one of a kind, or a limited edition can be perforated, or not ultimately,
each of us has determined for ourselves what an artistamp is based on our
observations of the artistamps of others and real postage stamps AND have
gone on to break certain "rules" that didn't suit our particular
expression/media/desire at the time.
We also redefine what an artistamp is every time we
sit down to make one. And it is this glorious diversity in stamps from within
our own oeuvres and from artist to artist that keep me coming back to artistamps
as an artistic/creative challenge.
David Locicero from the AML group
"Thousands of people all over the world are using stamps as a form
of creative expression"says Ed Higgins, III, a New York artist who
has made 380 different issues of Doo Da Post ,stamps bearing everything
from whirling dervishes to dancing tomatoes.
Seattle artist Carl Chew designs
many of his elaborate Triangle
Post stamps on computer, and his
laser printer prints out stunning
images in brilliant color -- ranging
from photos of himself adorning
Romanian castles to ziggurat-bearing
elephants or ducks wearing party
My artistamps are created using computer graphics and then printed out
at high resolution and then color copied in editons of 50-100. At this point
I have not tried gummed stock but plan on it in the future. If you too create
artistamps, I love to trade! And of course I do offer them for sale.
AMLPost, created for the first year anniverary of the Artistamp
Mailing list online. Signed limited edition of 75.
Flight of The Fay, signed limited edition of 40.
Spirit Dance Post, signed limitied edition of 40.
Don't Fence Me In Post, signed limited edition of 75. Original
created for a page in the Santa Fe Book Arts Group Colaborative Book,2000.
MoodMod, signed limited edition of 70.
SoulPost, signed limitied edition of 75.
Also not available yet.
Love Post, Happiness, Fate, Bug Post
(these are all out of print)
For more information on these and other stamps contact
Dragonfly Dream at
dragonflyatdragonflydream.com (you know, replace the word at with the @ symbol)
766 Meadowbrook rd
Joe Frasketi's Topical Covers (Dealer)
The Olathe Poste
Local Post Collectors Society
Rubberstamp Museum-Artistamp Gallery
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