Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Three Muses - Postage Stamps

When I was a child my Mom thought it would be interesting for my Sister and I to collect stamps. She diligently purchased albums for both of us including a beautiful one for first issues of Canadian stamps. We were both mildly interested and with prompting would use the little sticky flaps to affix the new stamps to the pages. Occasionally we would purchase one of those bags of stamps and sort through them to see if there were any "gems"....countries we didn't have or particularly old stamps. In fact, in Grade 6 I wrote a speech and completely a project on philately that earned me high marks. I think, in the end though, it was really my Mom who found stamps so fascinating. As an artist, I look at them in a whole new way but I still can't bring myself to rob my books of stamps for my artwork....maybe some day. This is my entry for the Three Muses challenge this week.

24 comments:

Heavens2Betsy said...

Delightful story and collage Heather. Perfect for the challenge. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you'll come again x

Sharon said...

Love this Heather. I collected stamps as a child but only off of the in coming mail, I didn't purchase any. When I was 25 a favorite cousin moved over seas and started to send me stamps from all the places he traveled. Now I have bags of them!

Julie said...

Great memory story, Heather--your collage is beautiful--the stamps make it pop!

Elizabeth said...

I love your piece!! icollect stmps old and new specifically for art! I love using them in collage work!!
Wintery snowy hugs!!! I wish that you were getting all of this snow insteaed of us!! The kids ahve not been to school for a week and a half!!!! ARRGHHHHHHH!!

vintage wil said...

What a lovely arch!!!!!

Sandy said...

OMG what a fantastic arch.
This is perfect for the theme. Love them.

Janet Ghio said...

Heather,
I love your entry. I collected stamps also-my childhood album got given away-then as an adult, I thought I would collect them--but I didn't want to put them in an album--just loved looking at them. I need to get them out and use them.

Ozstuff said...

For some reason, I have the Beatles song "Ticket to Ride" going through my head and I can't get rid of it! Heather, your collage is superb and I enjoyed your story about collecting postage stamps as a child and still treasuring them today. I think we all started an album but most of us never got past the first page.
Wonderful artwork and a great story. Great artwork.

Marilyn Rock said...

Wonderful collage and there is always a touching story behind your art! Awesome! xxoo

Hermine said...

Gorgeous arch

Lori Saul said...

Oh I love this Heather - what great use of the stamps in the arch form- wonderful vintage art!

indybev said...

I love this entry, Heather. Vintage autos are a weakness of mine. About your stamp books -- why can't you scan pages and print duplicates to use in your art. What a storehouse of material you'd have!

Luisa Migon said...

I really love it!!!

Martina2801 said...

Dear Heather,
thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. You are so nice:-)
Your arch for THE THREE MUSES is fantastic and I also love your whole artwork.
Cheers
MARTINA xxx

Diane said...

This is very cool, Heather--love the story!

johanna said...

a wonderful, wonderful arch!!
i so can relate to your experience of collecting stamps... i have tons, and still there are some i can hardly part with for using them... but i´m getting better with that:)

"MOI" Freubel said...

I've had to see it twice Heather And hope that every one will enlarge it !
What a majestic design !! And indeed a smart idea from you mum, to collect these stamps !

PiecesofD said...

It's lovely. I collected stamps for a short time when I was young, but didn't keep any of them. I wish I had now!

Shar said...

Completely fabulous!

Anne S. said...

Wow, lovely!!

Hannastiina said...

Great card, I like the way you used stamps in the background

Janny said...

Super!

Daphne said...

Wow, it is so complete!
I need 4 eyes to look!

Love the colours as well :)

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