Portuguese postcrosser Paulo sent this card, showing a detail from a tile mural in the train station in Santarem, Portugal. Santarem is the capital of Portuguese bullfighting, which, he says, differs from Spanish bullfighting because the bulls are not killed.
Friday, February 29, 2008
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Thursday, February 28, 2008
This cute, goofy flower cut-out was in today's mail, sent by Cheryl C., who works at the Springtown post office. The temperature is in the teens today so her colorful spring greeting is truly cheery. Keeping in the spirit, she used stamps from the simple but pretty flower series. I'm pretty sure I'll be copying this idea. Who wouldn't want to find a big flower in the mail?
Posted by jacqueline at 11:43 AM
A friend in Japan always remembers my birthday. I never knew when hers was till she let it slip a couple of weeks ago. It's late but I've sent her this acrylic and sticker effort. I've got a cache of acrylics here, bought when I first got into altered books. Suddenly time to have fun with acrylics!
Posted by jacqueline at 10:19 AM
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
This invitation to ride came yesterday from the International Railway Society. (I write for them, I should say.) I love the serious expression on the conductor's face. The tag on the back reads: "Lurking in the heart of every traveler is the Trans-Siberian Express". Alas, the only train travel in my future is a possible trip from Philadelphia to Baltimore.
Posted by jacqueline at 7:10 AM
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
This fabulous, fabulous postcard shows a composite photo called Neon fantasy on Nathan Road. The signs are from famous restaurants and night spots in Hong Kong, all transposed to the famed "Golden Mile". The card arrived this cold, wet afternoon from a Hong Kong postcrosser called Iris, just as I was brewing up a pot of oolong tea. Thanks, Iris!
Posted by jacqueline at 1:33 PM
I made this envelope from the cover of a program from last year's Arizona Fall League. It turned out to be just right for sending a little Phillies notebook I picked up yesterday to "Mrs. October", my 93-year-old friend who has been to every World Series game since 1964.
Posted by jacqueline at 6:07 AM
Monday, February 25, 2008
March 3 is Girls' Day in Japan, traditionally known as the Doll Festival. The French postal art recycling project has sucked me in. I made this card for an 11-year-old friend. The origami emperor and empress were sent to me a couple of years ago by a friend in Tono, where I used to live. The collaged background, which in part uses a sweet motif, is on recycled cardstock. Chikurindo, my fave sweet shop in Tono, always has excellent hishimochi, the three-color rice confection that is part of the festival display.
Posted by jacqueline at 10:34 AM
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
This intriguing postcard came the other day, announcing a show called "Dust-o-grams" at the Zoellner Arts Center in Bethlehem, PA. The show is a collaboration between photographer Maria Martinez Canas and conceptual artist/naturalist Kim Brown. The photo shows dust particles that have been stitched onto various forms, then photographed onto light-sensitive paper. The image alone was enough to make me want to see the show immediately. Reading the brief description of the collaboration made it only more interesting.
Posted by jacqueline at 2:47 AM
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
A postcrosser named Satomi sent this snowy view of Kinkakuji, one of the more famous temples in Kyoto. The little red mailbox to the left of the entrance made me feel so nostalgic. It looks like my old mailbox in Kyoto. Poor Satomi, though. She's drawn me twice in the past six months, which seems most unlikely. On the other hand, in December I got a card from a woman in Malaysia, then in January one from her younger sister. Small world?
Posted by jacqueline at 4:43 PM
Saturday, February 16, 2008
I've been playing around with various mixed media technique. It's fun to use a postcard format for these experiments.
Posted by From Priscilla at 8:47 AM
The postcard from France the other day was in fact to be returned. It was part of an exchange put on by secondary school students in Amiens. The project is designed to integrate art into life, highlight human relationships and fight marginalization and isolation, favor social links and further creative acts, and give people a living guide to motivate their interest in learning. The theme of the project is "The trip." So I put on a couple of stamps which reflected that, one showing the ships bringing those who settled Jamestown and another of the Hershey kiss, made here in Pennsylvania. I also added things to the card front and sent a message, courtesy of Black Elk, on the back. I only wish the sender had put a stamp on the envelope to me! All postcards returned in this exchange will be exhibited this May, I guess at the school.
Posted by jacqueline at 7:35 AM
Friday, February 15, 2008
On the heels of a San Francisco Chronicle article on the slow but inexorable demise of the postcard, I received 10 yesterday. What a treat! All were pretty cool. One was a postcrossing card from England, with a Santa stamp I had not seen. Another was a surprise card from the projet art postal people in France. That was a handmade narrative card about a little girl setting out on a journey with her dog Oslo. Then there were 2 Valentine cards made by the 5-year-old twin sons of friends, and a bonus card of a self-portrait by one. There was also a great Panjab Hills painting card from a friend in Arkansas and another of a photo of fukujuso (adonis) in the snow from a friend in Tokyo. Rounding it all off were three exhibition announcement cards: one of a local glass show, one of the big craft fair in Baltimore next week, and the last of a group show featuring the work of my co-blogger. Nice going. I was immediately inspired to make a card in reply to one friend, must now think up something for the girl in France.
Posted by jacqueline at 6:34 AM
Thursday, February 14, 2008
That's the name of a marvelous book of vintage postcards put out by Darling & Company of Seattle. I noticed the book while picking up an order at my local indie book shop last week. I'd already paid up, then actually left the shop, figuring I'd pick up the cards the next time. But good sense kicked in and I rushed back to buy the book before it disappeared. Its 30 postcard reproductions are from the golden age of postcards (1893-1918) and some, like the rabbits playing baseball to stands packed with solemn peeps, are bizarrely wonderful. Most of the cards feature rabbits, peeps, and eggs. Rabbits do lots of the painting and delivering, by cart or by locomotive, of the eggs. This is a great book of postcards. I've already found about 10 themed to specific interests of friends, not to mention my own flavors.
Posted by jacqueline at 8:14 AM
Monday, February 11, 2008
Posted by From Priscilla at 6:47 PM