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The Artist Series


The Artist Series is an ongoing collaboration with invited designers, artists, and writers who create original work for an unusual form: the poster stamp. The stamps are printed on lickable, gummed paper and pinhole perforated by hand on our vintage machines. The sheets are signed and numbered by the artist, and released in a limited edition of 100. View full series.

Stamp No. 3Mia Nolting

Mia Nolting is an art director and illustrator from California currently living in Portland. She works with a wide variety of clients with a focus on publishing. Her process includes line drawing, watercolor, screen printing, and collage.

Have you designed a stamp before?
Nope

What was the most interesting or fun aspect of designing for this form, the poster stamp?
Working at a small size is something I’ve never done before. Most of the time I work small initially and go larger in the end and this was the opposite, where the final product is smaller than the drawings I started with.

What unique challenges did it present?
Since I was working with drawn lettering, making sure it would be readable at size presented a challenge. It was fun to make something whose content was completely open-ended, the only constraint being size. I’d never actually seen a poster stamp in real life so there were some unknowns about how it would turn out.   

Tell us about the art. Did you create something new for this stamp?
I did create something new, and the phrase is based on some reading I’ve been doing about the importance of feelings, specifically feelings in the body, in being crucial to decision-making. Most of the time people want an explanation about why/how things are done other than “it just felt right”.

I finally have the confidence to say that something feeling right is a good reason to do something, and listening to gut feelings is important.

Anything else?
Thank you for asking me to participate!