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part of the philatelic field, the artist adapts officially an
imaginary territory, which is the one of its vision of the things
and of the world. The artist, while thus acting, proves his
greatest freedom in the management of its poetic step. He adapts
the emission right of postage stamps; a right which is the
prerogative of the public power and the states officially made up
and recognized like such.
It is quite
obvious that the artist, who emits stamps, achieves this like a
liberator gesture and also like a catalyst gesture of a
The labels known
as "Artistamp" or stamps of artists although sometimes
covered indication of a value do not have any capacity of
stamping. You logically do not have the right to counterfeit an
official stamp (assessed valuation, indications of republic...
etc). To manufacture your stamp, choose a thin paper. You can
draw your stamp, stick it, draw it with a software, engrave a gum...
The technique of printing can be the photocopy, the color
photocopy, with your printer, the printing with the plug, ink...
In reality, after
being printed on gummed paper, stamps are perforated with combs
of a perforate machine.
To make "a
true" stamp, it is the serration which poses the biggest
problems. First tests can be carried out on one... sewing machine,
if you do not have the special machine. You can also not notch
the stamp, notch it with scissors (it is a little bit long), use
notched scissors (You find notched scissors of different forms
and fantasy in the trade)... You can use a metal comb (current to
comb the dogs) or thinner scissors (toiletters).
But most of the
time, the serration are drawn by hand or by computer in black.
stamp considered here is not held as valid in the post offices
although several artists hoaxed the post offices and succeeded in
making circulate their mail with their own stamps (otherwise
painted or drowned counterparts of regular stamps.
The excuses, the
desires, the consequences of the artist steps related to the
stamp are multiple but have however a common denominator: the
All can become a
used, like the concept, even the concept of the stamp do not know
restrictive limits. We observe the existence of boards of gummed
stamps, black and white or polychrome, on blank or color paper,
with or without perforation. Contrary to the post office stamp
constrained by a yoke of administrative standards, the artists
stamp doesnt burden itself neither with censure, nor with
constraint of any kind.
Thus, they are
artistic achievements forwarding by the post office: an object,
an envelope, a sheet, a box... is transformed into a personalized
mean of communication by the visual arts and sent to its
recipient by the post office.
Postal art is essential like a single message: the one of the freedom of expression and of the communication without borders.
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