The first 20 Friends & Faux Postcards have been unleashed into the world! They look something like this:
There was a minor hitch when the custom postmark stamp arrived yesterday and I realised the self-inking ink pad provided was black (I’d actually ordered red); but while I wait for the replacement red ink to arrive I decided to go ahead and send the first F&F Postcards on their merry way regardless.
Each card is numbered on the reverse, and has an ‘official’ Friends & Faux artistamp in the first postage stamp frame on the front, in olive, grape, pumpkin, or teal (chosen at random). Each F&F stamp is over-stamped with the Friends & Faux Filatelic Bureau postmark, and date-stamped. This means that the first 20 Postcards will differ from all subsequent cards sent out due to having a postmark stamped in black, but there’s no harm in the first 20 cards being distinguishable as such. They’re special! 🙂
Now we just need to sit back and wait for the first progress reports (or the next batch of Postcards to be despatched – whichever comes first)…
The postcards are back from the printers, the V.2 F&F stamps are ready, and I’m itching to get started…but I can’t send out any postcards until the brand new Friends & Faux Filatelic Bureau postmark stamp arrives. Only a matter of days, though, then the mail art will be flying – watch this space!
What is Friends & Faux?
Friends & Faux is a mail art project devised by Su Mwamba (TangleCrafts), first hosted in 2010. It’s main purpose is to discover faux postage created by mail artists worldwide, and to encourage the uninitiated to experiment with this fascinating art/craft, the creative cousin of philately. Postage stamps are tiny works of art. Faux postage stamps (/artistamps) are your tiny works of art!
How F&F Works
I have designed special Friends & Faux Postcards which include spaces for 8 faux postage stamps. The Postcards are sent around the world from person to person, with each recipient adding an artistamp in one of the allocated spaces before passing on to the next participant. Eventually, the F&F Postcards return home, complete with a ‘gallery’ of 8 different artistamps from 8 different mail artists*.
Left: one of the completed cards from F&F Version 1 (2010).
*Anybody can be a mail artist – simply add a doodle in one of the boxes & you have created art!
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Please browse links in left hand side bar for further info & how to join in…