Artist trading cards (ATCs) is a conceptual art project initiated by the Swiss artist M. Vanci Stirnemann in 1997. He called it a Collaborative Cultural Performance. Artist trading cards are 2 1⁄2 by 3 1⁄2 inches (64 mm × 89 mm) in size, the same format as modern trading cards (for example baseball cards). They are self-made unique works or small series, signed and dated on the reverse by the artist/producer, exchanged and collected by the people who participate in the collaborative performance. The ATC project was intended to allow people from different backgrounds to participate in an ongoing art project, which was not part of the art market. Selling or buying ATCs clearly contradicts the initial idea. Instead, people would meet at trading sessions and exchange their art work in a democratic face to face situation. Anybody can participate in the project and all techniques are allowed. ATCs are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc.), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc.), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc.), or even metals, fiber, wax and other materials.
This line of artist paper packs feature downsized versions of the same Strathmore papers that artists use for their full-sized art, conveniently cut to the official trading size making it easy for artists to join this large and growing movement. The assorted pack contains two sheets each of vellum Bristol, smooth Bristol, canvas, textured and watercolor and one sheet each of illustration board and acrylic.
- 12 sheets
- Each sheet measures 2.5" x 3.5"