TangleCrafts

Upcycled postage stamp art, notebooks & travel gifts

Derby, United Kingdom · 3136 Sales

TangleCrafts

Upcycled postage stamp art, notebooks & travel gifts

Derby, United Kingdom 3136 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(1066)

Announcement   TangleCrafts' upcycled postage stamp art: eclectic gifts & travel journals full of history, character & vintage charm - perfect for any writer, dreamer, or bohemian soul! Custom orders & commissions are very welcome - please contact me with your requirements. :)

To find out more about the artwork of Su Mwamba, please follow @TangleCrafts on Twitter & visit the website: http://tanglecrafts.co.uk

Notebook lovers may also like to browse my new Etsy shop for plain kraft journals with original page layouts: http://whirlingworld.etsy.com

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 5, 2017

TangleCrafts' upcycled postage stamp art: eclectic gifts & travel journals full of history, character & vintage charm - perfect for any writer, dreamer, or bohemian soul! Custom orders & commissions are very welcome - please contact me with your requirements. :)

To find out more about the artwork of Su Mwamba, please follow @TangleCrafts on Twitter & visit the website: http://tanglecrafts.co.uk

Notebook lovers may also like to browse my new Etsy shop for plain kraft journals with original page layouts: http://whirlingworld.etsy.com

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Clara Faschi

Clara Faschi on Jul 22, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful selection of postage! Lovely shop owner, very helpful in putting custom order together and great communication. Thank you!

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About

Postage Stamp Art Collage, Upcycled Gifts & More - handmade in Derby, United Kingdom

Welcome to the world of TangleCrafts - an evolution of ideas, by Su Mwamba!

There's something inherently charming about vintage stamps. Essentially ephemeral, they have somehow survived against the odds: despite wars, despite hailing from countries which may no longer exist, despite random careless handling of such a disposable, everyday object. They wear their faded colours with humility. They deserve to be rescued and re-loved!

Although I know little about philately, I know that it doesn't take much to render a stamp 'worthless' to a collector, a small tear here, a ragged crease there, perhaps a heavy postmark, or maybe it is simply too common. The philatelists' loss is my gain! The battle-scarred characteristics that diminish value to collectors are the very same characteristics that create a different kind of value to me.

As another artist may use paints or pastels, my palette is built from thousands of vintage postage stamps, in every shade imaginable (some of which are quite likely considered flaws). To create an 'imaginary landscape' out of these fragments of very real postal history is uniquely satisfying to me: hundreds of forgotten stories preserved in the evolution of something new.

Each collage is individually pieced together by hand, like a jigsaw - but the finished picture is inside my head rather than the outside of a box. It takes a lot of searching and filtering to find just the right piece for each stage of the collage and every finished work is an absolute original, impossible to recreate. If you are looking for a truly unique artwork crammed with history and character, and eco-friendly to boot, TangleCrafts has something for you!

Custom orders & commissions are always welcome - please use the Contact Form to get in touch so we can discuss your ideas...

Please visit the TangleCrafts blog for more info, work in progress, ideas & random thoughts! Regular updates can also be found in my twitter feed - please follow @TangleCrafts :)

I have recently added a new Etsy shop after discovering how much I enjoy creating notebook layouts. http://WhirlingWorld.etsy.com focuses on functional kraft notebooks with original, adaptable layouts and literary quotes on the covers.

Finally, one of my earlier endeavors evolved from a fascination with fairytales. My 'newspaper' of revisionist tales, Enchanted Times, is currently taking a break from production while I work on new projects: http://www.etprintworks.etsy.com

Shop members

  • TangleCrafts

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    Su Mwamba is a mail artist, creative upcycler, & obsessive collector of vintage stamps & stamp albums. Variously pre-occupied with notebook design, collage & colour. She would dearly love just a few more hours in every day...

Production partners

  • A bespoke printing company

    Leeds, England

    This printing company produces high quality recycled notebooks from my bespoke design layouts. Each notebook includes extra printed details that are exclusive to TangleCrafts. The notebooks then become a base for my original collage work, enabling me to create truly unique functional art pieces.

  • A bespoke digital print company

    Milton Keynes, England

    This print company produces labels & stickers from my designs & original artwork. They use highest quality materials, processes and experience to create professionally finished accessories that perfectly complement my range of stationery.

  • A bespoke digital print company

    London, England

    This company produces printed notecards & stationery from my collage designs. They offer high quality image reproduction, tactile papers and cardstocks, and eco-friendly print processes which combine in a professionally finished product that perfectly complements my original artwork.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Mar 17, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalised orders

Custom orders & commissions are very welcome! Simply click on the 'Request Custom Order' button or 'Contact Shop Owner' on the shop homepage, to discuss your requirements.

Choose your favourite colours, a different size, and/or stamps from a particular region. I can also add a custom date 'postmark' and/or a hand-stamped, personalised message (additional fees may apply to some customisation options).

Notebooks are available in sizes from A6 to B5, and framed artwork (with or without matting) from A6 to A1. Prices & shipping vary according to dimensions and weight.

PLEASE NOTE items customised with specific personalisation (therefore not re-saleable) do not qualify for return unless damaged.

Wholesale availability

Wholesale prices are available for volume orders. 
Discounts vary by item & minimum order quantities apply.
One-off print-runs of printed designs can be arranged upon request.
For a quote, please contact me with your requirements. 

What are your despatch times?

Please see individual listings for stated despatch times, or contact me for a quote if requesting a larger custom order. You will always be contacted in the case of any unforeseen delay in despatch of your order. 

As a general guide to processing times:
- ready-to-ship items will be despatched within 3 days
- smaller custom orders within 5-7 working days
- larger custom orders will be proportionally longer 

I aim to despatch all orders promptly, but please order in plenty of time if you require something for a specific date. If you are outside of the UK, please err on the side of caution and allow at least a month in addition to processing times listed per item.

How long will my order take to arrive?

Unless an upgrade is purchased at checkout, your order will be delivered by:

- 1st class post within the UK (usually 1-2 working days)
- Standard Airmail to any overseas destination (usually 7-14 working days)

Please note, delivery times can be longer at certain times of year (eg Christmas) when general volumes of post are higher.

Unfortunately there can occasionally be unforeseen delays within the various postal services, at any time of year. This is the exception rather than the rule, but please do allow up to a month for overseas delivery, before assuming lost.

Please contact me if you are worried about your delivery.

Can I track my order?

Please note, tracking is NOT included as standard with any order, due to the services offered by the Royal Mail. Proof of Posting is obtained for all items shipped.

For extra peace of mind, a shipping upgrade is available at checkout on most items, for an additional fee.

- Within UK, upgrade option is 1st class Signed-For delivery, which requires signature on delivery, but does not include tracking. Special Delivery (including tracking) can be arranged upon request, but will be subject to an additional £5 charge.

- Outside UK, upgrade option is Tracked & Signed delivery, which includes both tracking and signature on delivery. Tracked-only (signature not required) can be arranged upon request, for the same delivery upgrade cost.

My order hasn't arrived or was damaged in transit - what should I do?

Please contact me if you have not received your order within the expected timeframe (see above). I will be happy to either send a replacement or refund item costs, as necessary.

If your order has arrived but has been damaged in transit, please contact me as soon as you can to explain what has happened. I will request a photo of the damaged item, then each case will be assessed individually. Either a replacement item or partial refund or full refund will be issued, depending upon circumstances and extent of damage.

The item I received is not as described in listing - what should I do?

Please accept my apologies for any errors in item listing! Please contact me with the details as soon as possible following receipt. I may request a photo to confirm where the issue lies.

If an item has been incorrectly described, I will reimburse return postage and issue a full refund of original purchase price upon receipt of the returned item.

If an incorrect item has been sent in error, I will reimburse return postage and send replacement item upon receipt of the returned item.

Items must be returned within 30 days, in original, re-saleable condition, to qualify for refund or exchange.

Other refund/exchange/return queries

If you are simply not happy with your order, for any reason, please contact me before taking any further action. Items may be returned within 30 days, as long as you have first contacted me.

Return postage cost is responsibility of buyer. I will issue a full refund of original purchase cost, upon receipt of the returned item. Items must be returned in original, re-saleable condition to qualify for refund.

PLEASE NOTE made-to-order items may still be returned, but items customised with specific personalisation (therefore not re-saleable) do not qualify for return unless damaged.