My friend Chanel took a trip to Asian over the winter. The top card is from Japan - a rather philosophical statement about taking a leap of faith. Interesting that the quotation is from someone called Kim. The bottom card is from Macau. It brought back memories of a long-ago business trip there, right before the handover. I had a delicious lunch at a Portugese restaurant. My colleague and I were also taken to an antiques dealer where lots of furniture from China were waiting to be delivered to Cat Street in Hong Kong. He bought a bed to be shipped back to the States and I got a lovely cinnabar-colored box for storing letters.
The Portuguese postcross from Lisbon created a mini-story in her postcard. That menancing gun, Inspector Spectacles, the woman the cone breasts....and the chicken has a key role in this tale. Care to connect the dots?
An envelope containing this gorgeous altered card and currency arrived from a Belarussian postcrosser. She writes that she is 24 years old and an economist. She and her husband were in raptures when they read my request for altered cards. They rubbed the postcard on a grater, soaked it in coffee and solvent, and burned the edges of the card. The effect is FABU. I love it when a postcrosser gets into the spirit of play.
In 2013, it's the year of the black water snake. According to my readings, a snake in the house means your family won't run out of food. The snake is calm and contemplative, and attractive to those of us whose emotions run wild. In Western culture, the snake is associated with Medusa, primordial life force, rebirth (shedding of skin), protector, healer, phallus, back stabber, snitch, informer, poseur...
Mail me a postcard on your interpretation of this slithering creature. I await your postcard: Altered, unaltered or original mail art. Send to P. Otani, P.O. Box 31112, San Francisco, CA 94131.