Ryan Bubnis is a multidisciplinary artist, illustrator, and educator based in Portland, Oregon. His deceptively simple work explores themes of memory, nostalgia, good vibes, and the human condition.
Have you designed a stamp before?
I’ve never designed a stamp before but it’s been on my bucket list!
What was the most interesting or fun aspect of designing a poster stamp? What unique challenges did it present?
There was some problem-solving involved with creating an image that would work as a whole but could also work when deconstructed and broken into the individual stamp pieces. Creating a hand-drawn image that would later end up as a letterpress print created another set of challenges. I ended up having to redraw the image at a much higher resolution.
Tell us about the art. Did you create something new for this stamp?
Yes, I really wanted to create a new image. Physical objects and printed materials really resonate with me. I wanted to celebrate the concepts of snail mail, introspection, and mindfulness. I also recently had the opportunity to view the amazing Hilma af Klint exhibition at the Guggenheim. It was so inspiring that I included a subtle nod to her work in the stamp image.
Thanks for collaborating with me!