With all those modern technology, snail mail has evolved into something of a bespoke hobby for those that cherish the handwritten word and the same stamp has become something mostly be collected instead of using. To encourage people using mail, UK’s Royal Mail work with some design companies to product special envelopes and postage stamps. One of the successful example is the below set of six animal stamps were designed by London design house Osborne Ross. Unlike the ordinary square-ish stamp, this series feature animals whose limbs fold over the edge of the envelope – the creatures’ hands, feet or tails are designed to fold around the edge of envelopes, giving people the illusion that they are holding on to the post. It is quite cute and perfect for kids writing thank-you notes or grown-ups wanting to incorporate color into a special piece of mail.
If you thought old school librarians were the only ones who know how to use an ink date stamp, you need to check this post. Using those very same date stamps and black ink, Berlin-based artist Federico Pietrella paints these incredibly detailed, pointillist-like paintings, where numbers and ink merge together to form larger scenes. In his enormous ink artworks Pietrella always stamps the current date, thus each of his pieces contains a clear timeline of the days he worked on it, often spanning two months. From landscapes to portraits, Pietrella shows immense patience and a strong vision that leads to the successful execution of each complicated painting. Check out the video below to see an interview with Pietrella and see more data stamp pieces on his website. [source]