We absolutely adore these postage stamp collaged journals and notebooks from Su at TangleCrafts which is why they are our Eco Artisan Creation of the month September 2015!
Su collages using upcycled vintage postage stamps (from early 20th century up to the 1970s).
The stamps themselves are like little fragments of history with so many stories hidden in their own histories, and I like to think my collages are just adding a little to those stories, and then the person who writes in one of the notebooks adds their own little twist. It makes it all a little more personal, and gives the artwork a sense of continuation.
How environmentally friendly?
Postage stamps are ephemeral, disposable, disappearing into the past. Although there are of course still lots of collectors, the stamps I use are often a little creased or torn, heavily postmarked, or just too common for collectors to be interested in. Ultimately, they would be lost in time, so I am simply rescuing them. I use recycled notebooks, too.
Su undertakes commissions
I do, and I love it! There are particular colour combinations that I’m drawn to personally, but I love the challenge of creating something based on somebody else’s preferences, or of using a more limited palette based on stamps available from particular countries. I’m very often pleasantly surprised by the results.
To see more of Su’s work visit her shop here on EcoCreate Browse