Here's an altered card that speaks to the Portuguese postcrosser's love of reading. She explained the the quote means, "Great characters are more real than ourselves." Indeed, I love books that have good character development.
Anna, a prior postcrosser, sent a lovely altered card with Russian nested dolls. I love the way she decorated this card with markers and a pretty ornament on one edge. I will have to send her a nice altered card in return.
Another find at the WES! This was in a box of movie poster cards from MOMA. It is going to a young postcrosser in Taiwan who is majored in radio, TV & film and now works in radio. Working in a slowing fading field, she may appreciate Nabokov's novel and the luscious image of this Stanley Kubrick-directed film.
Picked up this fabulous card yesterday at the White Elephant Sale. I had forgotten how svelte these women were back in the day. It is going out today to a Postcrosser in Belgium who likes Motown. I hope she enjoys this card as much as I do.
Creativity Explored's announcement of Daniel Green's solo show. He makes meticlous lists remind me of the old TV Guide. I own several of his works. The opening reception is Jan 15, 7-9 pm at 3245 16th St, San Francisco.
My mother's Christmas package had my favorite 2015 New Year stamps on it. Famous Japanese artists and calligraphers are asked each year to create their interpretation of the word, "sheep." Some are modern and stylized while others hark back to ancient crypographs. The red ones connote seals rather than calligraphy. This zodiac animal is associated with gentless and I hope this year brings plenty of that!
This Finnish postcrosser got so into altering cards that she sent two! They are lovely and quite different from each other. The card at the top was altered with glitter, nail polish and lipstick. Very meticulous and effective! The card below incorporates key words for the postcrosser. She is celebrating academic freedom and love of foreign languages. There are no tuition costs in Finland so all she needs to worry about are living expenses. How wonderful!
This card is from Anna, a postcrosser in Ivanovo. Her first card failed to reach me but she was kind enough to send a second one. What a bright & cheerful card this is, and it reminds me of toleware or Amish design.
This card is from Anna, a postcrosser in Krasnoyarsk, a city in Siberia. The card has been altered by the elements as well as the postcrosser. The front of the card was stuck to the envelope. There was no way to peel it off without some of the envelope stuck to the image. No matter, the end result is quite interesting!
I visited the Ai WeiWei installations at Alcatraz on December 13. One of the participatory pieces called "Yours Truly" was an opportunity to send postcards to political prisoners around the world. I sent several, and brought a couple home for my remembrance. Li Tie is a Wubei writer and human rights activist who has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for subversion of state power. He wrote an essay called "Human Beings’ Heaven Is Human Dignity." Dilmurod Saidov is a Uzbek journalist sentenced to 12.5 years in prison because of his efforts on behalf of farmers' rights in the Samarkand region.