Easter Sunday the Moose Jaw Art Gallery & Museum in partnership with the Moose Jaw Art Guild hosted a session on Artist Trading Cards. In need for an outing after spending most of last week preparing workshop kits for classes later this year I decided to check out the event. Several years ago I was caught up in the ATC culture, then exhibition deadlines, a move and the building of my studio put a stop to my attending events. I used to create my ATCs in fabric and thread exclusively – some of the 2.5″ x 3.5″ cards taking up to 20 hours to finish…
Last Sunday I decided to work with materials provided. The theme was centered around Easter with pre-cut accordion folded cardstock eggs. Five of us gathered wielding scissors, stamps, glue bottles, fine papers, re-purposed threads and fibers.
New to the concept? Here is a brief history: Artists’ Trading Cards are not new. In 1996 Swiss artist M. Vänci Stirneman conceptualized the idea of trading miniature pieces of art. In 1997 he held a gallery showing of 1,200 cards at the INK.art & text bookstore in Zürich, Switzerland, for which he collaborated with artists Cat Schick and Gido Dietrich. Visitors attending the show were informed that if they wanted to own one of the cards they were to bring in one of their own to trade. The Artist Trading Card (ATC) movement was born.
One of the artists attending the very first trading session in Europe was Canadian Don Mabie (aka Chuck Stake). Mabie was immediately captivated by artists sharing with one another. He brought the concept home to Calgary, where in September 2000 in collaboration with Vänci Stirneman the First Biennial of Artist Trading Cards took place at the New Gallery. Eighty artists from ten countries attended the inaugural event. Interest continues to spread across the globe. Regular sessions to create and trade take place around Saskatchewan in Moose Jaw, Regina and Saskatoon. Check with your local gallery to see if your city or town offers ATC events.
Over the years countless yahoo groups have formed. If you live in an area where you cannot gather physically with like-minded artists check out the various Yahoo groups and search for: artisttradingcards, ATC, ATC_World, ArtTradingCards, ArtErratica, Collagecats, Bmuse, clothpaperstudio and/or Habiliments
For additional info check out the original ATC website:
My personal go-to favorite is the the book “Artist Trading Cards Workshop” by Bernie Berlin; North Light Books; 2007. ISBN 978.1.58180.848.3
And the last word for today:
Thank you everyone for submitting some interesting and current topics for upcoming blog posts. With nine comments and seven of these containing excellent questions and food for thought I am looking forward to preparing a number of blog posts for weeks to come. This is only the beginning. Questions will be accepted from now until May 15th – a full six weeks to go, and every time you post a fiber related question your name will be entered into the draw.