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Stationery in Art
Stationery in Art

A celebration of our favourite stationery in art for National Stationery Week

Since it is currently National Stationery Week we thought we would celebrate our favourite subject and how it has permeated the art world. Here are four great artists who all love an office sundry.

Canadian artist Kristine Lahde does wonderful things with rulers & tape measures but mainly we are in love with her intricately cut envelopes. Everyday waste becomes delicate and beautiful.

Kristine Lahde, Envelope piece #13, 2006
Kristine Lahde, Envelope piece #13, 2006 © Kristine Lahde
Kristine Lahde, Square, 2013
Kristine Lahde, Square, 2013 © Kristine Lahde
Kristine Lahde, Metric System (blue and white), 2012
Kristine Lahde, Metric System (blue and white), 2012 © Kristine Lahde
Pop art legend Claes Oldenburg has been making sculptures of oversized objects for many years, his stationery collection obviously tickles our fancy.
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Typewriter Eraser, 1998
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Typewriter Eraser, 1998 © Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Tumbling Tacks, 2009
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Tumbling Tacks, 2009 © Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Free Stamp, 1991
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Free Stamp, 1991 © Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
Of all artists working in the medium of stationery, Marcius Galan is our favourite. Erasers in frames, meticulously placed drawing pins and patterns of office stickers make us very happy indeed.
Marcius Galan, Erased composition (progression), 2013
Marcius Galan, Erased composition (progression), 2013 © Marcius Galan
Marcius Galan, Cartografia abstrata III, 2012
Marcius Galan, Cartografia abstrata III, 2012 © Marcius Galan
Marcius Galan, Entre a precisão e o acaso, 2012
Marcius Galan, Entre a precisão e o acaso, 2012 © Marcius Galan
Omar Sosa, stylist for Apartamento, took some ordinary rolls of tape and turned them into miniature sculptures. Pleasing shapes & brilliant palettes.
Omar Sosa, Still Lifes for Apartamento Issue #10
Omar Sosa, Still Lifes for Apartamento Issue #10 Photography by Nacho Alegre
Omar Sosa, Still Lifes for Apartamento Issue #10
Omar Sosa, Still Lifes for Apartamento Issue #10 Photography by Nacho Alegre
Omar Sosa, Still Lifes for Apartamento Issue #10
Omar Sosa, Still Lifes for Apartamento Issue #10 Photography by Nacho Alegre

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