caution, this is a longish post
(if you only want to see zetti-artwork from me, please scroll down...)
this is an obituary for the rubber stamp company zettiology (short: zetti), which closed down last week and had been run by teesha and tracy moore since 1991. an era of style setting rubber stamps comes to an end.
(i really regret that, but teesha and tracy always went on without standstills, so i can understand them... and i´m happy i own a shoebox full of their stamps, as i never hesitated to buy lots of their images;))
for me, the journey began in the year 1996, june... i came across my first rubber stamps and soon detected zettiology on my hunt for non-cute (oh well, it were the times before internet, nobody can imagine that any longer, so no quick emails etc).
their style was different from everything else on the market and i had to make my first order immediately...
... the complete set, of course...
i was infected and it turned out to be incurable.
the company was smaller then, their catalogs handbound:
see the low postage fees back then...
i saved all my zetti-post, as there were so many treasures among it...
e.g. they brought out a supplement of their catalog in form of cards:
many images went with the idea of zetti being an ancient, perished imperium, mysterious and out of this world, reminiscent to the ancient egypt in some artifacts etc... tracy did not get tired of playing with these thoughts and designed a passport for the followers of this idea - and even a game which he sent out in laminated form.
it was always such a pleasure to get their vibrant post, often with added gifts of postal stamps, magnets etc made with stamps from their rubber line.
they created many postal sheets (some in limited edition),
and i can say they influenced my art preferences (mail art) in a similar way nick bantock did.
in the next photo you can see how they incorporated their images into hotel labels...
teesha always shared her ideas generously, created collage sheets (still available on zettiology.com), was one of the first i know in art journaling. she run zines ("the studio" & "play") for a few years, but always was (and is) on the lookout for something new. she never complained about somebody "stealing her ideas" or copying her (on the contrary, she encouraged people to do so), because she had the self consciousness she was the first and the best and will always win the recognition she deserves. she was always a step ahead. and i wish her and tracy all the best for their future ideas!
getting the zetti catalogs was a pleasure as long as it lasted (means: until the images went online),
i still love the drawings of tracy on the covers:
as years went by, the name of their company became a synonym for a certain style of art:
zetti meanwhile means something odd, quirky, whimsical.. often colorful, with a touch of striped black&white...
and of course: you don´t need to own one single stamp of the company to make art in "zetti style"!!
now let me show you some creations i made with zetti images (or in their style).
they are not new, but i wanted to give you some samples:
a fabric leporello, zetti style (created 2007):
if you´d like to see more, just click on my zetti-label.