"But the biggest ah-ha moment came with the envelope because, despite having my head stuck up the bum of wedding planning for the last several months, I didn't notice the stamps AT ALL. In fact, I had actually recycled the envelope before Jason wondered aloud about the stamps. If I recall properly (which I probably don't) I think they were the LOVE stamps. "Yes, I wrote that a whole eight days ago. Which is apparently just enough time for me to find, cook, and eat some crow. Because darn, all I can think about right is how desperately I
No, I have zero idea what our invitations will look like - I truly haven't even started brainstorming that yet. No, I have no idea if USPS will raise rates between now and next January/February when we send the invitations out. And no, I have no idea if our invitations will be some silly-sized non-standard-shaped card that necessitates extra postage (though I will guess that, since we're cheapos and sustainably focused, we'll probably end up with standard postage sizes and rates). So yes, I am utterly aware that it is absurdly premature to consider buying stamps.
But Rothko. On a stamp. Even if I didn't attach intense emotional importance to experiencing both the Tate Modern's Rothko Room (not a current collection, I believe) and the Rothko Chapel in Houston, I would love this entire set of stamps for the nine other artists represented too. Expressionism, including the American-based Abstract Expressionists, is one of my absolute favorite artistic periods. The set of ten stamps honors the following artists and works:
- The Golden Wall (1961) — Hans Hofmann (1880–1966)
- Romanesque Façade (1949) — Adolph Gottlieb (1903–1974)
- Orange and Yellow (1956) — Mark Rothko (1903–1970)
- The Liver Is the Cock’s Comb (1944) — Arshile Gorky (1904–1948)
- 1948–C (1948) — Clyfford Still (1904–1980)
- Asheville (1948) — Willem de Kooning (1904–1997)
- Achilles (1952) — Barnett Newman (1905–1970)
- Convergence (1952) — Jackson Pollock (1912–1956)
- Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 34 (1953–1954) — Robert Motherwell (1915–1991)
- La Grande Vallée 0 (1983) — Joan Mitchell (1925–1992)
I'm having a really hard time passing this up. I know stamps are meaningless in the grand scheme of a wedding and that no one will remember them (they certainly haven't struck me on any invitations we received), but Rothko is intimately woven into two major life-moments, one of which Jason and I share and treasure together. So even though I know exactly how silly it is to buy these limited edition stamps today, a year before the wedding, there's a real emotional pull and sense of right-ness about this otherwise insignificant detail. These stamps, or at least one of them, hints at my life story, and it's hard to turn away from that and towards practicality.
Oh hell. I really will have to stop reading the entire internet from now until my wedding. I was simply looking for general pretty things and happened across this stamp post at Oh Joy! and now I'm considering buying stamps for a wedding without a secure venue contract, date, dress, or any other d*mn thing. But, at least I can have stamps! And a partner, of course. So, if everything else falls through, at least my partner and I have a great excuse to mail lots of letters in standard sized envelopes with 2010 postage rates. Maybe we can send out holiday cards that include an explanation of our premature stamp buying adventures.
Talk me down folks. Please, talk me down.