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  • By Keith Buchholz
    Feb 1, 2013
    Ginny Lloyd's "Women in the Artistamp spotlight" serves as the first comprehensive publication of it's kind. Often overlooked by Mail Art historians, women artists have played an integral role in the development and history of the medium. With this publication, Lloyd, with assistance from C. Mehrl Bennett, allows the women involved in the movement ample space to speak their own truth. With full page biographies of 30 significant woman artistamp makers, this book is a significant addition to research materials available to art historians and curators, in a field where published history is often minimal or sketchy, and publications are often sorely out of print or out of date. The importance of this document is compounded by the fact that it is written not by academics, but by an artist who has been an active and major contributor to the development of the medium, and can review it's history from the inside. "Women in the artistamp spotlight" is a Must Have for... More > archivists, curators, and students of postwar avant-garde networking, and is the ONLY published source where much of this information is easily accessed. In addition, the book serves as timely document of the state of artistamp making by women today, featuring biographies of contemporary artistamp makers alongside those historic figures whose work presaged their own.< Less
  • By Keith Bates
    Jan 4, 2013
    This book shows work by thirty of today's most prolific women artistamp makers and is a fascinating insight into the approach of each of the artists featured. The author, Ginny Lloyd, is herself a prominent mailartist and respected maker of artistamps who also curates an online Artistamp Museum. Women in the Artistamp Spotlight is cleanly and clearly laid out with a double page spread allotted to each artist. Opposite a prime example of the artist's work, Lloyd describes the materials and techniques favoured by each. It makes for a highly diverse collection, with examples of stamps that employ drawing, painting and collage, many using photographic images, and others that show a variety of printmaking options. She also explains how digital technology is used by each artist. The author also reveals each artist's procedure for perforating their stamps, or the lack of perforation, with some artists striving for perforation perfection by using vintage printers' machinery, and others making... More > use of sewing machines, wheel trimmers, pinking shears or decorative edging scissors, or simply incorporating the image of perforations within the work. The different functions to which the stamps and stampsheets are put are also explained. Sometimes these are purely decorative, though, as C. Mehrl Bennett points out in her foreword to the book, it would be wrong to regard these works as lightweight or redolent of the kind of scrapbooking prettiness promoted by craft stores and TV shopping channels. These works are contemporary and often experimental in nature, more gritty than pretty. While the artistamps may ostensibly be made to adorn the envelopes of creative correspondence with other networkers or intended as Mail Art gifts, these works can also document performances, or reflect the personal fixations and fascinations of the artist, or pay homage to an admired artist or culture. Women in the Artistamp Spotlight also details other aspects each maker's art practice and shows how these other fields can directly influence her artistamp production. The book also records interactions with other artists, important collaborative and solo exhibitions and publications, as well as revealing their remarkably varied employment backgrounds. Lloyd allows us to glimpse a wide range of personalities behind these impressive works.< Less
  • By jackkidmusic
    Dec 13, 2012
    WOMEN IN THE ARTISTAMP SPOTLIGHT by Ginny Lloyd Book Review by Chuck Welch, editor of ETERNAL ENTWORK MAIL ART ANTHOLOGY Ginny Lloyd has published an important documentary survey that highlights the contributions of femail artists - WOMEN IN THE ARTISTAMP SPOTLIGHT, TropiChaCha Press, Jupiter, FL. Lloyd stands among the pioneers of artistamp production who began designing her first photostamps in 1975. She was also important for introducing artistamps through her travels in the early 1980s to mail artists in Eastern European countries. With the help of visual poet and artistampist, C. Mehrl Bennett, Lloyd’s book is garnered from a questionnaire that elicited thoughts pertaining to art, life, experiences and artistamp techniques described by thirty women. Many artists in WOMEN IN THE ARTISTAMP SPOTLIGHT made major contributions during the forty year development of mail art’s most visible artifact - the artistamp. Books of this caliber, unfortunately, are rare and in very limited... More > editions. The 64 page text is profusely illustrated with color stamp sheets that appear beside each artist’s animated stories. Readers will quickly become fascinated by varied subject matter, experimental approaches, and context of work featured with each artist. Informative one page biographies have been written by Patricia Tavenner (US), Tiziana Baracchi (Italy), Natalie Lamanova (Russia), Eleanor Kent (US), Anna Banana (Canada), Willie Marlowe (US), Marilyn R. Rosenberg (US) and other women who have made more recent contributions to the artistamp medium. This book is an essential read not only for artists, but to scholars needing information relating to media that arose during the twentieth century, post world war tradition of alternative art forms.< Less
  • By C Bennett
    Oct 10, 2012
    Pay attention, enjoy, and celebrate this book! You’ll not only see gorgeous color reproductions of artistamps, but are also be treated to articles about the women who created them. This provides not only a context for the creation of those artistamps, but individuals' personalities shine thru as they experience the joy of discovery and creativity found in the process of creating and sharing artistamps. About half of these women are from the USA and Canada, but also represented are Argentina, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Russia, and S.Korea.
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TropiChaCha Press
October 10, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
0.76 lbs.
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8.5 wide x 11 tall
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