Have you heard of them? Well, I had, but had not given them much thought until a member of our Central Coast Textile Artists suggested that we all make some for an upcoming show at the Santa Cruz Art League.
Okay, why not? The Artist Trading Card is a miniature work of art for which the standard size is 2 1/2" by 3 1/2". It just so happens that I had woven this piece as a sample and didn't know what to do with it. It was just shy of 2 1/2" wide and the diamond pattern repeat was just about 3 1/2" long. Bingo!
I added some beads to it and glued it to the properly-sized card.
It is currently in the show until January 8th. At the show's end, the curator will return cards. Not to their makers, however. You see, the whole thing is a trade. Enter one and get someone else's back.
Artist Trading Cards (or ATC's) are based on the idea of baseball cards. The size is the same and they are made to trade. A version has spun off known as ACEO's ( Art Cards, Editions and Originals ) .
These are often sold and I've put together the following treasury on Etsy to showcase some of them.
I became interested in this mini art formrecently and love exploring the various ways that artists can express themselves when limited to a few square inches of paper.
This blog post has the best and most thorough information I've seen about making Artist Trading Cards. It will blow your mind with ideas, suggestions and possibilites. It includes a lot of how-to information. Have fun but beware, as I'm told it can be addicting! And if you want to know about how to get involved in trading, this website will help you.