A fascinating card from South Korea of the Korea Peace House in Panmunjom, a joint security area. It is the site of the non-armistice South & North Korea talks.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Here is a sweet Heidi card from Sarah in the United Kingdom. She quotes Johanna Spyri on the margins, " Flowers are made to bloom in the sun and not to be shut up in an apron." The card is a Puffin paperback cover design. How I will send a card to Sarah in return!
Here's an altered card made from a box of plaster for casting one's pregnancy. It was mailed by a postcrosser in Portugal. His granddaughter is expecting a baby in July and his daughter made a mold of her belly. He's asked for a card in return and I'm sending something this week!
What lovely pink cards arrived in the mail! The cherry blossoms card above is from a Chinese postcrosser. She also included a QR code on her card which plays a snippet of her music. It changes by season! The card itself celebrates the dragon boat festival. The lipstick kisses card is from a South African postcrosser who is leaving Japan after a sojourn. She writes about her ambivalence of leaving. I can understand...many visitors fall in love with my home country....
Here are two examples of cards that are interesting both in front and back. The card on top is from a postcrosser living in Kiev. I love the way he played with the farm produce image in the front by including a whole block of stamps in the back with a farm family theme. The images were self-explanatory - no words needed!
The card below is from friend Sherri in Billings, MT. She used a postcard by Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens and then altered it. The words speak to expecations of marriage, I believe. The back of the card is filled with seal prints from a chop Sherri got made in Hong Kong. I love the beautiful design these chop marks bring to the card.
I received this card in the mail yesterday from my alma mater, Mills College, announcing an exhibition of their recent acquisition. Was glad to see the Sylvia Sleigh's painting which my organization, Women's Caucus for Art donated in November, 2011. The trustees of the Sleigh estate has been working hard to perpetuate Sleigh's legacy by donating her works to museums and establishing exhibitions in Europe and the United States.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Summer is here and here are two hot places to visit! Hong Kong, which I visited in April was already hot, and likely much hotter today. The climate is definitely suited to the night life that starts very late and continues into dawn.
The sand dunes of Saint Brevin les Pins buried the ancient city of Montoise. Over time, the dunes were conquered, and now this area is known for its beaches.
From a Finnish postcrosser who felt it was wrong to alter a postcard but then decided it was a good outlet for her feelings.
From a Taiwanese postcrosser who loves cute puppies and a band called One Ok Rock.
From a Korean postcrosser who created a handmade card for the first time. Love it!!
Retro chimp card from a Russian postcrosser.
Fabulous post office card from a Ukrainian postcrosser
Cat & owl card from an Estonian postcrosser. She altered a card received from a former boyfriend.
A Lithuanian postcrosser found a clever way to incorporate her ID#
A beautiful sheet of horse stamps arrived from Rebecca in Mountain View. She purchased these in Paris recently. As she charmingly put it, "I used my Midwestern-accented college French to successfully negotiate the purchase of postcard stamps. At the post office, I noticed these beautiful Year of the Horse stamps and bought them on impulse."
Thank you Rebecca, for sending these fabulous stamps! I also loved the story about your sister and her complete immersion in horses. Although I lived in a big city in Japan, I too, went through a horse period. Black Beauty was one of my favorite reads, as was Flicka. I owned a couple of porcelain horse statues. I studied Japanese picture books on different types of horses. There was a dairy farm on Mt. Rokko and I took horse-riding lessons for a brief period. I never got very good at riding, but did get to experience a real horse. Then, the obsession passed.
As for post offices - that obsession stays with me. Traveling in the US and around the world, I invariably visit the post office. Each place is special and each place provides access to unexpectedly beautiful stamps that are lovely souvenirs of the place visited.
I have always loved wheel pie charts. Back in the day, we had practical uses for these - like 401(k) savings projections. Sherri sent a rotating postcard that makes psychedelic swirls. It's so much fun that I am considering making my own version.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
My mother sent me the annual sheet of horse stamps as a Christmas present. It never arrived. Fortunately, while visiting the main post office in Tokyo, I managed to find a set and here it is! As you can see, there are many ways to write "horse." The more traditional kanji style is the stamp on the middle right. A katakana version is on the bottom left. Other versions include "grass style" flowing calligraphy, pictogram and even a seal.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Monday, June 2, 2014
Postcrossers often mention that they like reading. I do too, and have amassed a variety of book-related postcards to send to them. Of course the best ones are the gaudy book covers of pulp fiction and comic books. For some of my American friends, the books below were "forbidden." I remember doing a book report on a Nancy Drew book in sixth grade - and my teacher told me to please read better quality books. Why? The Nancy Drew series were great page-turners. My mother allowed me to read both Japanese and American comic books. Hence, I amassed a huge supply. My friends' parents did not allow them to buy or read comics. So they came over to my house to read them. Paperback books were just starting to come to Japan when I was in high school. I read a few of them, mostly pulp fiction. By then, paperback Penguin books had started to become available. One couldn't tell which book was exciting and which was not because Penguin book covers were all the same - orange with a penguin on the front. Later, when I moved to the States for college, I was told by friends that all the reading I did growing up was junk. I took a class in remedial "classics." I loved them all, as much as the smut I grew up on. I am still a reader, and an omnivorous one at that!
This one is going to a Chinese postcrosser.
This one is for a postcrosser in Russia.
This one is for a Belarussian postcrosser