|One of the containers...|
Here are a few favorites:
|Folk costumes from Poland, report Greek myth stamps from Greece,|
Classical monochromatic beauties from France, a few gems from down under.
|A childhood favorite - Austrian farm girl; florals from Hungary, USSR, Gabon, Congo, San Marino; |
Czech flora and fauna; Irish blackbird.
Warning: if you are a hardcore philatelist, what you are about to see may shock you.
I think stamps are a natural choice for mixed media pieces. The scale is perfect. I appreciate a little weathering, a postmark - they allude to travel, time, distance... a history. If you search for stamps in jewelry you will find a million and one offerings using resin and/or glass tiles. Logical first step - I have been there. These three new mixed media pieces are still on my work table waiting for necklace pairings. I started with a mother-of-pearl donut, designed a metal backing, and created a frame for the stamp. Attachments are made with either tabs or waxed linen. The stamps are sealed with Diamond glaze for durability and protection.
|Simple stamp under resin; three new mixed media pieces - mother-of-pearl bezels and copper/brass backings.|
|Polymer focals showcasing stamps, sealed with resin. ( Mexico, USA, Italy, Malaysia) |
And a ring, a class sample, just for fun.
If you think stamps are for you... you don't have to start lurking in antique stores and flea markets. I personally doubt that any of my Dad's stamps are hidden treasures worth wagons of money... but I have seen Charade! ( Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, stamps, Paris... whats not to love?!) There are plenty of stamps available now that are lovely and inspiring:
|Souvenir 'stamps' from the National Gallery of Art. I adore Matisse! |
I've been holding onto this sheet for... umm... over 25 years!
|Current stamps in circulation. Images from USPS.com|
The Breast Cancer awareness stamp was perhaps the first one I used in a piece of jewelry. I was teaching full time, maybe 20 years ago - and I made a pin, a sterling frame for the stamp depicting Artemis. It was for my dear friend and colleague who had just successfully battled breast cancer and won!
The USPS lists this information about the stamp artist/designer:
As an artist, I find the design process of stamps fascinating. They need to be easy to "read" from a distance, but rather detailed for their size. Many commemorate people, places, events, and some more recent motifs raise funds for research and conservation. The USPS site/store lists these and more available for purchase. And - for artwork they are rather affordable. ( As stamps, they are kind of expensive... LOL)
Have you ever considered stamps as art? As jewelry? I'd love to hear how you put your 'stamp' on things. (Had to do it... )
* Philately (// fi-la-tə-lee) is the study of stamps and postal history and other related items. Philately involves more than just stamp collecting, which does not necessarily involve the study of stamps. It is possible to be a philatelist without owning any stamps. For instance, the stamps being studied may be very rare, or reside only in museums.
* My Spring 2015 Beadfest class info can be found here.