Tuesday, June 24, 2008

ATC's



Found some info on ATC's if anyone is interested...attached are some of the ones I made for a swap. The theme was umbrellas.

A R T I S T T R A D I N G C A R D S ( A T C s ) :
A n I n tro d u c ti o n

A Swiss performing artist, M. Vänçi
Stirnemann, was admiring a collection
of hockey trading cards and was
inspired to develop the concept of “A
Collaborative Cultural Performance”
in 1996. He then created over 1000
Artist Trading Cards, displayed them
in his Zurich book store and on the
last day encouraged anyone who
wanted one to create their own ATCs
to trade. The criteria was that they
had to be 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size,
any medium, and were not to ever be
sold, just traded.
This new art form would have
remained a local attraction had it not

been for the Internet where word of them spread worldwide. These days
they are just a click away via your computer keyboard. Internet sites allow
individuals all over the world trade ATCs through the mail or organize live
trading events.
Today, Artist Trading Cards are created by aficionados worldwide. ATC
artists range from beginners to professional and work in every imaginable
media—acrylic, watercolor, oils, mixed media, collage, stamping/scrapping,
fabric, clay, and more! Once ATCs are created, they are traded in-person
or online either one-on-one or in swaps.

2 comments:

Kathleen said...

You are such a creative person and positive thinker. Umbrellas - I would've thought rain, but you made such cheery cards.

Mary said...

Cute!

The BUTTONS kinda look like little smiley faces :)