Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What's on the work table today?
On mine: loads of postage stamps! I am working on a new postage stamps handbag and the only way for me to do this is to have all the stamps scattered around me. I know this will probably give stamp collectors a small heart attack, but I can't keep stamps in neatly sorted books and folders, organized by year or theme...no! I simply stuff them into boxes and envelopes and then when I start working I keep emptying box after box and rummage around till I find the perfect stamp for the perfect spot on the bag. Sometimes I lose track of what I am doing and end up staring at the mini artworks of countries that no longer exist, extinct butterflies, scientists from different eras. It's like walking through a history museum, but in the comfort of my own home. Some stamps are still partly attached to their envelopes, a far-away address still visible, and I wonder who sent them and what was written in the letters that travelled around the world. Funny how a tiny piece of paper can have so many different meanings, don't you agree?

6 comments:

Romantic Pansy said...

Its amazing! a handbag full of stories... :D i love it!!

cat said...

very cool project! xx cat
CiTiEs of B

BOWquet said...

that's awesome!

kayjayoh said...

It probably will give stamp collectors heart attacks. However, artists and collectors have often been at odds. I've heard similar "OMG NOES!!!" from people in regards to repurporing old books, typewriter keys, cloths...

There is something to be said for careful preservation. There is also something to be said for giving things new life in artwork. The key, I think, is in respect and moderation on both sides.

That bag looks like it is going to be amazing when complete.

Linda Pruitt said...

I have often wondered about the letter that was carried by the stamp. I could get lost in thought and imagination . . .

mia said...

wow!! great!

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