Sunday, June 3, 2018

ATCoins on Vera Lane

ATCoin, Round ATC, ATC Coin – no matter what you call it it is a 2.5” (6.35cm) cardstock-like circle used as a canvas for small works of art.  Still relatively new in the social media craft world, if you have made ATC cards, inchies, twinchies or moo cards it is much of the same.  A small art creation  for swapping, particularly mailed art.

If you Google ATC COIN – you may see that it is a global decentralized payment.  It is a digital money source used for instant transfer with value anywhere in the world – I can assure you, these craft art coins are not the same!  So please adjust your search terms – you’ll find many ideas and samples out there.


Miniature works of art are nothing new.  Small works of art date back to the 15th century Asia.  IN 1875 a cigarette company distributed sport cards for collecting.  The Fluxes movement (experimental art of the 60’s and 70’s) advocated art including found art from everyday life rather than museums and galleries. 

ATC’s are rectangular playing cards that were started by Swiss artist M. Vänçi Stirnemann in 1997.  The self-made miniature works of art measure 2 12 by 3 12 inches (64 mm × 89 mm) like baseball trading cards.  Srirnemann made the cards for collaboration and the cards were traded at the end of the exhibition. This type of  performance allowed people of diverse backgrounds and unknown artists to participate and exchange their art.  The idea was taken by a Canadian Artist and presented at Alberta Collage Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta and a trading session took place at a local gallery. Today the concept of ATC’s appear all over the world. There are no shortage of trading groups and sessions. 

The ATCoin is a variation of the popular rectangular ATC cards.  The dimension is the same as an ATC width but the circular shape presents a diverse format to look at your images in a diverse way.

Vera Lane Studio ATCoin trades

Vera Lane Studio will begin ATCoin Swaps on June 15th , 2018.   Announcement of our monthly theme will be posted in our FaceBook group the 15th of each month.  You will find ATCoin guidelines in our file section as well as collectable ATCoin backs for our monthly swaps. 

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