Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fiber arts and vintage stamps



I made a small series of fiber art necklaces, featuring European vintage stamps. I've  always loved collecting stamps, and I do have a great collection from many countries. I'm afraid that in the future, the usage of stamps will disappear slowly from everyday life. I'm not a big fan of self-sticking ones, too.
These little miniature pieces of art deserve more attention than they do get. Many things can be learned about countries just by looking at their stamps. 
Although postal services existed even a century or two BC,  postage stamps were first introduced in the United Kingdom and Ireland on May 1, 1840. The first official US stamps came out in 1847. 

It's fun using them in mixed media and giving them a new life.