Issue 26 of Uppercase Magazine
Even the smallest things have the potential to inspire us in big ways. The postage stamp, seemingly so simple, is one of the smallest ubiquitous pieces of printed-on-paper graphic design that is still part of our everyday lives. These tiny works of art represent a world of opportunity for creatives. Whether they decorate a wedding invitation, are part of a mixed-media collage or represent the ultimate career highlight of becoming part of your country’s history: we all want to put our stamp on something.
In a circuitous way, philately leads us to another area of interest: perforations and crafts made with holes, like lace and doilies. On closer reflection, stamps and lace aren’t so distantly related afterall. Attention to detail, all-consuming and patient work... both stamp collecting and lacemaking stand the test of time. Preserved in the dry gum back of a stamp or carefully crocheted within a doily are fond memories, familial ties—and love. It’s not surprising that these topics are so dear to one’s heart.
Designed and printed in Canada.