Friend Tanya has vacated her studio in our Folsom St building. She announced her departure several months ago and spent the time leading up to her move going through her large art supply stash and making some hard decisions. As a mixed media artist, she has accumulated much in the way of paper and objects. Her "Love It or Leave It" project entailed her making decisions on the spot by creating a piece of art and sending it off to someone she knew. If nothing came to mind right away, that ephemera got recycled to SCRAP or the blue bin. I received a cool collage in the mail yesterday of a Barbarella-like woman with an arsenal of sharp brushes behind her. Tanya's work delves into feminist story-telling but with no explanation enclosed, I can interpret it freely. Girl Power.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
A Dutch postcrosser made this delightful card with all kinds of tape. I love the layers of colors she achieved with tapes of different opacities. I am personally addicted to tape and have a drawerful at home and in my studio. Thank you for this wonderful composition!
Monday, May 27, 2013
Received this lovely card of bobbins fanned out for lace-making. Susan explained that bones are purchased at the butchers, boiled, then carved into these intricate shapes. I somehow doubt I would ever make it as a lacemaker, as I an abject failure at crochet. Knitting, I can do. But I can only knit socks.
The Finnish postcrosser created a collage card from 2 old postcards and added a TV listing from her newspaper. She added the word "ystarvalle," which means "to my friend." Her daughter added hearts. Delightful!
My two FIPS friends and I celebrated my birthday by going to a delightful diner in Palo Alto. The top card was made by Susan, inspired by Ezra Jack Keats' drawing. The card below it is an abstract painting by Irma. I see a green elephant in it. Both fabulous cards. We have so much fun doing our FIPS thing!
Monday, May 13, 2013
Saturday, May 4, 2013
A Ukrainian postcrosser sent this card of the lovely yellow National Opera House. Apparently she sent a prior card to me that never arrived. I am appreciative that she sent a second one. The Kiev opera group housed here is the third oldest in the Ukraine. The original burned down due to an unattended candle in 1896 and with the building, one of Europe's largest musical libraries went up in flames. A new opera house was rebuilt in 1901.
A bright yellow VW beetle from a postcrosser in South Africa. I love the rhino stamp and the soaring bird airmail sticker on the back too. This writer said he was at work so couldn't do much alterations "on the job." Still, he drew quite a sweet stick figure and bubble head driver.
A Fiat ad card made extraordinary by the paisley squiggles and decorative doodles drawn by a Russian postcrosser. This is a great example of someone creating something beautiful out of some ordinary ad card. I love it!