Index: Russell Butler
Russell Butler lives in Gurdon, Arkansas. Butler has been active in the Mail Art network, with a devoted interest in Artistamp. Butler characterizes the mindset of the network as a “mutual-admiration exchange with mail artists sending each other their work stuck to envelopes.” Butler read a story about mail art in a San Francisco newspaper in the 1970s, then another extended article on the art form in Rolling Stone magazine. These findings led the artist to making stamps as a way to use his stenciled images. After cutting a stencil by hand and making the image, Butler, with the aid of a computer and stamping equipment dating to the late 19th century, transforms his art to stamps of many sizes, complete with the perforations. Those stamps are placed on envelopes and mailed to other artists.