Cocoa Dusk Writing Journal, Boho Collage - One of the 'Lost' Notebooks

$14.17 $20.25

A5 Kraft Notebook with Upcycled Vintage Postage Stamp Cover

* One of a kind, original collage cover in a subtle abstract blend of soft heather purple-pinks and smoky cocoa browns
* Measures 14.8 x 21cm (A5) = approx. 5.8 x 8.3 inches
* 48 pages of ruled recycled paper
* Smooth kraft cardstock cover
* Stitched binding covered with grey binding tape
* Numbered & signed by the artist on back cover (#12: pic 4 shows example only)

Wherever you are travelling (or dreaming of!), this journal is the perfect travel companion. The globe-trotting stamps on the cover have already travelled through time and around the world, and are intrinsically full of postal history and character - a wonderfully eclectic gift for any writer, philatelist or bohemian soul!

The cover collage has been individually composed from a hand-picked selection of vintage world stamps & coated with a matt sealant for protection. The stamps date from the early 20th century through to the 1970s (or thereabouts), and bear fragments of postmarks as a testament to their former active postal service.

Countries represented in this collage: Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Curacao, Finland, the Gold Coast, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya Uganda & Tanzania, Liechtenstein, Malaya, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the United States, and more!

Stamps are easily deemed worthless by collectors for a small crease or tear, discolouration, a heavy postmark, or simply by being too 'common', yet to me, they embody a remarkable sense of resilience - a tiny, fragile piece of paper that has somehow survived unscathed across the years, perhaps against the odds. It makes me happy to feel I am rescuing some of these stamps from potential philatelic oblivion and giving them a new sense of purpose, in a new piece of functional art. I hope you will enjoy using this notebook with its utterly unique re-collection of history.

I began collaging notebooks with stamps a number of years ago, and a boxful of early pieces was lost when I moved house. I have recently re-located again and the missing box miraculously reappeared! Now at a specially reduced price, this notebook is one of those that was temporarily misplaced in time and space - catch it now before it slips away again!

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Please browse my shop to view my more recent work, or commission your very own stamp art collage!

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Notebooks are available in sizes from A6 to B5, and framed artwork (with or without matting) from A6 to A1. Prices & shipping vary according to dimensions and weight.

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