To quote the epic pre drag race scene in Grease: The Rules are there ain't no rules.
And it's kind of true but we do have guidelines. Before we get into that here's a little history for you straight from Wikipedia:
Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) is a conceptual art project initiated by the Swiss artist
M. Vänçi Stirnemann in 1997. He called it a Collaborative Cultural Performance.
Artist Trading Cards are 2 1⁄2 by 3 1⁄2 inches (64 mm × 89 mm) in size, the same
format as modern trading cards (hockey cards or baseball cards). They are
self-made unique works or small series, signed and dated on the reverse by the
artist/producer, exchanged and collected by the people who participate in the
Sounds pretty daunting: Collaborative Cultural Performance. Those are big art words designed to legitimize (there's another)
ideas and themes in art. Don't let those big words fool you. Yes they do mean something but if you break them down they just making
art with the specific goal of sharing it with others. the original idea was to allow people from diffferent backgrounds to
participate in an ongoing art project that is separate from the traditional art market. buying and selling ATC's contradicts the
original concept (however there's nothing stopping you from creating art in the ATC format to sell) which includes trading sessions
where card makers exchange cards face to face. In situations where distance makes face to face trades difficult or impossible there
are mail trades organized.
Anybody can participate and all 2D media is encouraged. The only guidelines for the project is size. Since cards are meant for trading
and based on traditional hockey or baseball trading cards ATC should be around the same size. Most cards are stored in Clear plastic sheets
with pockets high relief is a little tricky to store. art should fit on a card that is 2.5" by 3.5"
I am currently running ATC workshops out of Muckabout Gift Gallery and Studio. The workshops are run each month with a technique and trade night
featuring a short art lesson on the at the end of the month and theme nights for the rest of the weeks weeks.
Materials are included each night with a small pack of cards each week and participants are encouraged to bring their own favourite materials for art making
In addition I have produced kits for sale in the gift shop that includes an instruction sheet with a link to this web page. Welcome to those new followers.
I hope to see you in the trades!
As part of my ATC workshop series and in support of the kits I'll be posting Monthly Jump Starts for ATC creations. My hope is that anyone who
makes a card using the Jump Start will share it with me via email and I'll in turn create a gallery wall here to exhibit all the great work. I will also
be organizing trade nights as part of the ATC Workshop series! For those who follow here and join the mailing list I'll also be organizing mail trades
for long distance participants. Be sure to join the newsletter to get all the Jump Starts, Trade information and other useful information first.
Newsletter will be posted a few days before the beginning of the month. This page will be updated in the first week of each month. Being on the list
has its perks.
May 2017 Jump Start : Flowers
June 2017 Jump Start: Insects
July 2017 Jump Start: Grow
August 2017 Jump Start: Astronomy
To join the next mail swap click the button and include your name and email address. I'll send you the fine details and deadlines for the next mail swap!
the best thing about ATCs is the community. The cards are made to be traded. We will be hosting a mail trade. Contact me using the form below and further instructions will follow