So where did the ATC originate from, as we know it, well way back in 1987/8 a Swiss performance artist Vanci stirnemann was a claragy for the Olympic arts festival. He met a group of Canadian adults that were into collecting trading cards (base ball and such likes) he had only ever seen children collecting cards in Europe the idea that adults could care so much about these little rectangles of card intrigued him.
Almost 10 years later in about 1996 stirnemann hit upon the idea to create his own trading cards-hand made and original.
In April 1997 almost a 1000 of stirnemanns artist trading cards were put on display in a gallery in Zurich, Switzerland.
The exhibition was a huge success and people wanted to buy some of his art cards.
However he decided that he didn't think it was right to sell them as he had originally been inspired by the people that collected trading cards, so he announced that anyone who wanted one of his art cards could make there own and trade with him.
Two weeks after Stirnemanns trading card exhibition had finished an ARTIST TRADING CARD session was set up in the gallery, people were invited to come to make and trade cards. Since then the the ATC sessions have been taking place every month.
Then of course the craft would discovered these little wonders and voila the Atc as us crafters know it
THE GUIDE LINES
There are only 2 rules for the ATC the must measure 2.5x3.5 and never sold only traded.
Originals..... These are one off' original ATC's ( making them unique)
Editions..... These are sets of cards that are identical these should be numbered on the back IE if you were making a set of 5 1/5 , 2/5, 3/5 , and so on
Series..... These are Atc's that are made on a similar theme/technique but are different these should also be numbered,
Sets..... Atc's can be made in sets of different numbers, such as threes, fours etc, where the set makes a piece of art work.