Friday, January 28, 2011
Stamped on my Brain
I did write about postal items but not stamps in general! Could it be that the stamp is so ubiquitous that it just flew under my radar? Allow me to correct this post haste! :D
All of that changed, however, when I discovered the artwork of Nick Bantock. If you love stamps but are unfamiliar with his work, I urge you to pick up the Griffin and Sabine trilogy at your local library or bookstore and start from there. His artwork IS stamps and letters and mail art! You can actually take the letters out of the envelopes and read them (you can talk e-books all day long; these books require you to participate, which you just can't duplicate on a Kindle). I own nearly every Nick Bantock book ever written but I think my favorite is "Urgent: 2nd Class". This is one of the books I read where I discovered how amazing stamps can be in collage.
I think my style is quite different than Mr. Bantock's but he has influenced my collage in countless ways. One of the best things about using stamps in collages is that everyone will interpret the stamp differently. The possibilities are endless! Here are just a few of the many collages I've done using the wonderful postage stamp: