Artist Silvia Fedorova, who, with designer Julia Kunovska, runs Galeria X in Bratislava, sent this New Year card. It shows the view from Silvia's apartment window, up above one of the central squares in Bratislava. Silvia sends the same view each year, but each year it's different. I was waiting for it.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
This clever New Year greeting, called The best bubbles for 2010, came by email from the Swiss gallery Analix Forever, which is in Geneva. I can't make out the signature but it looks like a drawing by Italian artist Andrea Mastrovito (rather looks like him, too), who shows at the gallery. http://www.analix-forever.com/
Interesting stamps from Taiwan (love the birds) and the United States. I was disappointed that this year my local post office had only Christmas stamps. In other years, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Eid stamps were available. I was happy to get this Kwanzaa stamp on a card from Priscilla.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I picked these postcards up yesterday at the Brandywine River Museum. The bottom one shows the museum at Christmastime. It is cold enough this week for it to look like this but the weekend's heavy rains had washed all snow away. The top card shows one of the Brandywine critters, the tree decorations made each year by museum volunteers of local natural materials.
Monday, December 28, 2009
This is another unorthodox New Year card, but I know someone who often references polar bears in her work and it seems perfect for her. And there is a sad connection to the Year of the Tiger in that both animals are being sent on their way to extinction.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Each time I drive up to Kingston, Pennsylvania, I pass the main post office there and think about stopping to go inside. Yesterday I finally took a photo of it while waiting at the intersection. From this perspective it looks as if the facade of the original post office was retained on a renovation. Or maybe the front is just a faux look.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I've just seen an image on Postcrossing of the altered robin postcard which I posted yesterday. It turns out that even more things got "altered" en route, iincluding a perky party hat and bow tie on the robin and the balloon that it was clutching in its wing. (That explains the wavy black line on the card I received.) Part of the tag, too, was lost in the mail. Too bad! It was a cute, cheery card as sent, but these things happen. I'm happy I got to see the original.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
A postcrosser from Belarus sent this fab card, showing great crested grebes, a water hen, a swan, and a sandpiper. She wrote about the chicks she found at her parents' summer cottage and how amazing it was to watch them grow. In a couple of days, I'll post the cool stamps she used on the card.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
A Polish postcrosser sent this card but no explanation of the tag. It brought two things immediately to mind. One was Joanne B. Kaar's paperboat project from earlier this year, the other the shichi fukujin, or seven lucky gods, of Japan, who sail in a boat bearing health and wealth and happiness. The seven are particularly popular at New Year.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
An Estonian postcrosser sent this happy card and wrote: "Since it's impossible to be unhappy when you have a balloon, I added a few hoping that the amount of happiness will increase with the number of balloons!" I wish her a colorful life filled with balloons!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This postcrossing card from Hungary is all about the Juar Postcard Museum in Hegyfalu, which just happens to be in the region that some of my ancestors are from. The museum was started in 2001 and is looking for postcards. Good luck to all involved.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
There's still time to see this satisfying exhibit at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey, but make sure you don't miss it. Featuring 12 contemporary artists, it will make you think anew about some old techniques. Knitted, Knotted, Netted runs until January 24.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Sandy Sapienza made this handsome postcard from a photo of a tugboat that she took on a recent cruise with her husband Louis. She wrote: "The tugboats in Nassau harbor had beautiful blue rope bumpers. Wonder how they got that rich color and luscious texture?" This was her favorite photo from the cruise. Love it!
I made this postcard from a map that my last landlord in Japan drew for me so that I would know all of my neighbors in our hamlet. He brought it to my house a couple of days after I moved in. I was touched and impressed. The man had lost an arm in an accident as an adult and had had to relearn his approach to life.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
This was part of a card from the American Visionary Art Museum, a national treasure. The other part showed a giant whirligig, made by Vollis Simpson and now in the museum's permanent collection. Simpson, a 90-year-old farmer, decided at age 60 that he had to do something with all the junk he had and started making whirligigs or, as he calls them, 'joy machines'. You can visit his Windmill Farm in Lucama, North Carolina.
I'm sending this postcard to a postcrosser who says she likes cats and astronomy. It's an illustration for a Miyazawa Kenji short story called Yamaneko to donguri, about some acorns who want a wild cat to decide who is the best. It sounds goofy but it's a sweet tale (oops). I like the way the acorns mimic a constellation, suggesting Kenji's passion for astronomy. Actually, I like everything about this card, from the wild cat's polka dot muffler to the blue bird on the stump.