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Stamp No. 001Ed Fella

Ed Fella is a former commercial artist and professional graphic designer who practiced for 30 years in Detroit. After receiving his MFA from Cranbrook in 1987, he taught in the graduate Graphic Design program at CalArts in Los Angeles for another 30 years.

Fella is currently a Professor Emeritus at CalArts. He continues working on campus in his studio as an “exit-level designer” on a wide-ranging series of his own idiosyncratic projects that stubbornly resist categorization although they freely partake in the conventions of typography, photography, illustration and fine art.

Have you designed a stamp before?

Yes, I’ve designed lots of “fake” stamps on my flyers over the years.

How was this different?

It’s a whole different premise in that it’s not a single stamp … so I just turned it into a kind of narrative around an idea …


Tell us about the art. Did you create something new for this stamp?

Nothing on the page is new … every little element on it is collaged from some past work … It’s my idea of doing work that’s reworked reprocessed reassembled recycled reused reprieved recovered reclaimed and every other ‘re-‘ you can think of …

How wonderfully “heavy theory” postmodern 90s is that? A form of exit-level, 80-year-old designer, practice! By the way that guy with the megaphone is a caricature of me speaking through it with a pen … I should start using it as a logotype!

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I love posting my work and seeing it on a desktop computer. I probably check into my blogs more than anyone else so I can admire how rich the large backlit digital screen makes them look … kind of like framing everything and putting it under glass!

The Artist Series

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 editions of 100. Suitable for framing. View full series.

Upcoming releases include Bwana Spoons, Ka’ila Farrell Smith, and Art Chantry