Thursday, December 6, 2007
Artist Trading Cards
To get you warmed up to Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) here are a few of the artist trading cards I've created.
This is the first of many posts about trading cards. For those of you who are not familiar with the art form here is a fantastic description that Anne wrote from the New England Artist Trading Cards Plus (ATCs+) Meetup Group:
ATC-making is a grassroots art movement that started in Switzerland in 1997 and has since spread worldwide. The only rules:
1. ATCs must measure 3.5 x 2.5 inches (89 x 64 mm), the size of a traditional trading card. There's no official "depth" limit, but cards offered for trade are generally expected to fit in album sleeves.
2. ATCs should only be swapped, not sold. While there's a separate movement allowing for card sales (look for information on ACEOs), the original movement and this group were founded on the concept that only works of art, not money, should change hands.
3. ATCs should be original works of art. Like collage, ATCs may include elements from many other sources, but the composition of those elements should be the artist's own. As with printmaking, it's fine to make identical limited-edition copies that are numbered accordingly ("1 of 8," "2 of 8," etc.) But ATCs shouldn't be mass-produced in huge quantities -- so if you're hoping to swap pre-printed sports or superhero or other "traditional" trading cards, you'll probably want to look elsewhere on Meetup.
4. ATCs should be signed on the back. Generally, you include your name (real or pseudonym), hometown, and the title for the work, if there is one. It's also good to note whether it's one of a kind ("1 of 1") or a limited-edition series ("2 of 8," etc.). Finally, your e-mail address is optional.
If you want to join in the trading go to www.atcards.com See you there!