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.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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....
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.
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.