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Creating an Image

Pete produces art works from thousands of used postage stamps. The largest pieces use as many as 22,000 recycled postage stamps while the more typical 4' x 3' or 3’ x 3’ canvases use between 3500 and 4000. Each picture begins with a detailed Drawing and then the image is transferred to canvas or other backing material. He divides the working surface into stamp sized rectangles, but often uses more than one stamp per grid section. Stamps are sorted by colour, design and postmark pattern. He then begins the process of finding appropriate stamps before cutting and shaping them and finally sticking them to the surface. This is how he achieves the striking resemblances and shapes in the portraits, landscapes and tributes he creates

He is often asked how many stamps are needed for a particular work. The answer is many thousands. Each stamp has to be soaked to remove the envelope backing, dried and sorted into colours and then individually glued in place. The stamps are obtained from several different sources, friends, colleagues, students and family contribute but most are obtained from COURT PHILATELICS in Leighton Buzzard who are happy to supply those interested in the creative use of postage stamps, 'on' paper (still on envelopes or backing) or 'off' paper, some of which are in mint condition.

Creating Whiteley's Queen

Whiteley's Queen 

'Whiteley's Queen' was created to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and was commisioned for the 100th anniversary of Whiteley's Shopping Centre in London. This is one of the largest stamp images Pete has made and measures 9ft by 16ft and was displayed in the Central Atrium within Whiteleys.

 Measuring up

Working on the portrait

Working on the portrait

Putting the portrait together

Finishing touches

The picture is complete

The work was created on two canvases to enable it to be transported from the studio to London and took three months to complete. The image of the entitled 'First Class Stamp' is created from nearly thirty thousand used postage stamps which have been carefully cut and shaped and individually glued to the canvas. Those who were able to view the work could see the diamond shapes in the wording of DIAMOND JUBILEE at the top of the work. At the bottom of the work the date 1912 is made up from the older style Wilding stamps and the numbers making up 2012 comprising of the more modern Machin definitive design.




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Peter R. Mason 2018