‘What is an ATC?’ I hear some of you cry.
An ATC, or Artist Trading Card is a mini work of art made onto sturdy card 2.5″x3.5″. Orginially hand drawn or painted, ATCs are never sold but are swapped with other artists. Their original aim was to enable people to collect small works by artists which they would otherwise not be able to afford.
The ATC swap idea is credited to have been initiated in 1997 by zurich artist M.Vänçi Stirnemann. Since then thousands (unbeknown to me) of people from all over the world have traded ATCs during trading events.
Having read about these swaps on other blogs, I have never participated. So When Ali from Very Berry Handmade announced she was hosting another ATC swap event I immediately applied.
There are 50 of us. We will all be allocated a fabric mad partner and given a theme. Then all we have to is produce our own little fabric masterpieces and swap them.
I have perusing Pinterest for inspiration before having ago. Who knew how many thousands Pinterest had pinned?
I have always fancied trying my hand at machine free hand embroidery so maybe this is my opportunity. BTW check out The button nest’s blog for some simply amazing free hand machine embroidery
Here are a few jems. Click the images to take you to the artists’ sites.
If mine are half as good as these, that’ll be a job well done.
Love, Lucie x