can be described as fake postage. Some
people call them faux postage, Cinderellas, postoids, or even real
postage. But at the post office, they may call them
In other words, if you use artistamps in place of
"real" postage, the post office is likely to return your mail,
Those of us who make artistamps insist that they are real postage,
just not from generally recognized countries. That
is, we often make up our own countries and/or issuing authorities. We're not
trying to pretend they're legal postage in the US, or any other country from
which we may be mailing these stamps. We create these stamps for fun,
whimsy, art, and/or a statement.
are loosely related (or not) to the mailart movement, which in turn evolved from the Dada
and perhaps Fluxus and/or Chaos movements.
artistamps are a boundariless field of art. Some of us make up our issuing
authorities. We send our stamps--on cards, envelopes, and other items--often to people we don't know. Those people
may respond by
sending us artistamps and/or mailart.
Or not. It's a boundariless field, and everyone participating probably has
his/her own definitions for this art form.
return to aisling's artistamps page
There really aren't any rules.
It's an artistamp if you say it is. No other rules apply.
No one must send thank you notes, or anything in response, really.
But, to remain on people's mailing lists, it's a good idea to
respond now & then. The best response is your own art,
artistamp, or mailart.
Artistamp shows generally have no jury or
See Rule #1, if you're confused by the rest of this.