Niko Courtelis is a creative director, filmmaker, and, says the Kat Ran Press, “a butcher of stamps.” He carves, cuts and eerily reassembles rare and vintage stamps into collages with sly wit and artful juxtapositions. His book, published by Kat Ran, Philatelic Atrocities, takes these paper “Frankensteins and turns them into a lookbook of freaks, oddities, printing, and design.”
Philatelic Atrocities contains seventeen full-color details and reproductions of Niko Courtelis’s stamp collages. A brief introduction by Courtelis explains why it’s OK to chop up stamps. Take that USPS.
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About Steven Heller
Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →