By Nina J P Evans

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Ivan Chermayeff: Why Stamps?

With the temptation of ordering art supplies and materials from eBay, I pondered at the recycle paper trash bin at the foreign stamps with brown coarse packaging. So tempting to salvage … and here with these graphic collages by Ivan Chermayeff  I can see why I found such temptation appealing and how such things can be used to great effect! Here, envelopes are turned sideways becoming and forming new identities sometimes in bizarrely human forms. By simply utilising the humble postage stamp juxtaposed with other media, these pieces are intelligently fashioned and designed. As featured in Why Stamps? “Chermayeff calls attention to the parts with a brief essay on postage stamps and a selection of fourteen collages which use stamps and mail to the best possible effect. Also shown are two of Chermayeff’s smallest cut-paper collages: Stamps for the USPS and Royal Mail.” Above and below are some illustrated samples, I just love the visual compositions of the pieces and the way that they are delightfully interjected with humour.
Ivan Chermayeff’s Stamp Collection

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