Remember the magic of starting school? That vivid pack of new pencil crayons ready to be sharpened. The crisp white pages of a new notebook, full of possibility! And if you were a (school) child of the ’80s like me, perhaps you’ll fondly recall the delight of putting your prized possession — your dog-eared, well-loved sticker book — proudly, carefully into your backpack. Feeling eager to trade and show off to your school pals your amazing collection of scratch ‘n’ sniff, glow-in-the-dark or maybe even… hold your breath… puffy glitter stickers!
Today I’m delighted to present the next in The Collectors series. We’ll look at a collection that’s a blast from the past: designer Aimee Ray’s fabulous vintage stickers!
Who (are you)? Aimee Ray of littledear and dreamfollow.com
When (did you start collecting)? I started my first sticker book in 1984, on my eighth birthday.
How (many do you have)? I have no idea, probably thousands. I have more than three books from the ’80s.
What (piece would you like to add)? I love cute Japanese stickers!
What (is an interesting story behind one)? My prized giant hologram My Little Pony sticker was a mail away, I had to save up points to send off for it. I still have it in its mailer, I haven’t ever stuck it to anything.
Where (do you find them)? Everywhere! Back then there used to be specialty shops that had huge rolls and you could cut off those you wanted. I loved those places.
Where (do you keep them)? In my sticker books from the ’80s, and now they are finding their way into my scrapbooks and journals.
Why (do you love them)? It is so nostalgic and reminds me of my childhood! It’s colorful and fun.
Which (one is your favourite & why)? That would be very hard to choose, probably the aforementioned MLP hologram.
What (else do you collect)? I have a large collection of fun pens and pencils from the ’80s and ’90s, the kind with something stuck on the end. I also collect toys: My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, as well as toys from today like Blythe! I think I will never ever grow up.
Love them, Aimee! Thanks so much!
You’ll want to add Aimee’s newest book, Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection, to your own more-learning-ahead bookshelf this autumn. This artist and designer’s lovely shop is filled with handmade delights for lovers-of-whimsical-fun at any age: beautiful embroidery, patterns, sculptures, paintings, doll clothing and more. So here’s to great learnings ahead for all of us!
I’m Kristal and I just love seeing what folks are collecting. I guess I feel it tells us a little bit about what inspires them. The Collectors series, first published on my own little blog, the rikrak studio, is 11 and a half quick questions with a wonderful artist on what they’re collecting (apart from their art supplies!).
How about you? What do you collect? I’d love to hear, please post in the comments below.