Saturday, July 5, 2014

Elephant Guardians

 These elephants line the road to the Ming Tombs in Beijing. It was sent by a 14 year old postcrosser living in Beijing. He comments that my demand for altered postcards was interesting. In his message, he incorporated cut up phrases from an English language magazine. 


A beautiful card from Vinnitsa, Ukraine. This postcrosser enjoys reading, singing, riding a bike and swimming.

A lovely card showing all the products from Ilocos. They've got everything from empanadas to weavings to sauces and sausages.

Pleasing Stamps

The stamps on the top are from Hong Kong and the lovely Christmas stamps are from Russia. Dreaming of Christmas in July....


Something queasy about the top card from a postcrosser in Holland. This is apparently a TV series about an aggressive father. I wonder if it is a comedy? The lower card is from a Ukrainian postcrosser, who picked up the card in Denmark. I always associated "quiet" with something pleasant, "loud" as something unpleasant. 


Three cards that incorporate words in their design. The top card is from Hong Kong, made by cutting out words from a magazine and using a marker and stickers. The middle card is from a writer in China. She altered the faces and added some of her own text to add some humor. The bottom card is from Hong Kong, with wording and imagery complimenting the beautiful postage stamp.

Gothic Fantasy

The top card of a mysterious winged cat is from a Taiwanese postcrosser. The middle card is from a fantasy novel fan also from Taiwan. And the bottom card, burned and charred, is from a postcrosser in Lithuania.

Topsy Turvey

I am a fan of over the top multiview cards such as this one sent by a Swiss postcrosser. She altered this otherwise rigid grid layout by randomly adding stickers. I love this disruption!


Susan sent this card in February, soon after our annual trip to the Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale. This is a very valuable card as it gives the layout of the huge warehouse and shows the categories of items. I know this layout by heart since I have gone pretty much every year for more than ten years. WES is an annual event for Susan and me and anyone else who is interested in getting the best ever bargains in practically every used object you can imagine.

Le Double Secret

Irma saw a Magritte exhibit in Chicago and sent me this mysterious two-faced card. 


I finished serving my two-year term as national president of the Women's Caucus for Art in February this year. It was quite an undertaking with heavy workload and drama. Nonetheless, I managed to run two conferences, four board meetings, and kept the organization's budget on an even keel.  The members of my board gave me this beautiful handmade card created by Riko Takata, filled with good wishes and thanks. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


A fascinating card from South Korea of the Korea Peace House in Panmunjom, a joint security area. It is the site of the non-armistice South & North Korea talks.

Au Naturel

Both cards are from Germany. It reminds me that summer is here and the fields are green and lush. 

Parting Shot

This German postcrosser shared his sentiments about his ex-girlfriend. I assume the ending wasn't a pretty sight either.

To Help Mother and Child

A sweet painting by Hendrick Pierson Stichting. These cards are sold to help mother and child. From a Dutch postcrosser who retired from nursing and is now having an enjoyable time traveling the world.

A Pair of Bears

My gallery partner, Matthew just got married to Styn. He celebrated the occasion by painting this picture.

Flowers and Aprons

Here is a sweet Heidi card from Sarah in the United Kingdom. She quotes Johanna Spyri on the margins, " Flowers are made to bloom in the sun and not to be shut up in an apron." The card is a Puffin paperback cover design. How I will send a card to Sarah in return!

Belly Casting

Here's an altered card made from a box of plaster for casting one's pregnancy. It was mailed by a postcrosser in Portugal. His granddaughter is expecting a baby in July and his daughter made a mold of her belly. He's asked for a card in return and I'm sending something this week! 

Blossoms and Kisses

What lovely pink cards arrived in the mail! The cherry blossoms card above is from a Chinese postcrosser. She also included a QR code on her card which plays a snippet of her music. It changes by season! The card itself celebrates the dragon boat festival. The lipstick kisses card is from a South African postcrosser who is leaving Japan after a sojourn. She writes about her ambivalence of leaving. I can understand...many visitors fall in love with my home country....

Back and Front

Here are two examples of cards that are interesting both in front and back. The card on top is from a postcrosser living in Kiev. I love the way he played with the farm produce image in the front by including a whole block of stamps in the back with a farm family theme. The images were self-explanatory - no words needed!

The card below is from friend Sherri in Billings, MT. She used a postcard by Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens and then altered it. The words speak to expecations of marriage, I believe. The back of the card is filled with seal prints from a chop Sherri got made in Hong Kong. I love the beautiful design these chop marks bring to the card. 

Lawrence & Susanna Delgado

I received this card in the mail yesterday from my alma mater, Mills College, announcing an exhibition of their recent acquisition. Was glad to see the Sylvia Sleigh's painting which my organization, Women's Caucus for Art donated in November, 2011. The trustees of the Sleigh estate has been working hard to perpetuate Sleigh's legacy by donating her works to museums and establishing exhibitions in Europe and the United States.