My Christmas cardholder is filled with cards. I made this holder from Internet instructions several years ago. It involves yarn wound round and round a cardboard whiskey box.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
My husband has been looking for dragon postcards to send out as nengajo. Surprisingly, none of the Japanese stores stock New Year's cards, even though they offer so much in the way of New Year food. Since I wasn't planning a trip to Japan in the next few days, I decided to make 24 cards for him as a Christmas gift.
My arts group will be playing games at our year-end party this coming week. Each of us will select an image and put it into an envelope. Then people get to pick an envelope at random. The image they open will be a prediction for 2012. I had so much fun creating "images" that I made several in my studio last week. This won't be the one I bring to the party but I had fun making the collage. The fortune on the side says, "It takes guts to get out of the ruts."
Friday, December 23, 2011
An invite to the MFA Open Studios from alma mater, Mills College. Here's a classroom full of women and the only man is the teacher. Interestingly the list of artists in the back of the card is about 30% men. Mills is still a women's undergraduate school, but their graduate program has always been co-ed.
A Chinese postcrosser sent this Arthur Rackham card with stamps on the front of the card. This was common in the Victorian Days, and I'm wondering if this postcrosser was trying to mimic mail from that era. On the other hand, the back of the card is all about contemporary minimalism. The postcrosser wrote in big letters BOOM!! And two words of encouragement: "cheer up."
An old friend sent me this bright cheery card. She vacationed in Turkey this summer and loved it. Turkey is one of my favorite destinations. There is so much history there, so much excellent cuisines, friendly people and the Grand Bazaar is adult Disneyland!!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Ribbons the color of Christmas candy
box of Eaton's Crystal Clear
An afternoon walk in Chinatown brought me to a shop with piles of old stationery for sale. The young shopkeeper explained that she had found them in the basement. I was looking for ang bow envelopes but ended up selecting ribbons, Valentines and two boxes of Eaton's. Crystal Sheer was my stationery of choice when I was in college. It was quintessentially feminine, with its sheer, crinkly surface, and the drag of my left hand made inky smear marks all over the paper. It was perfect for love letters, which I folded into matching envelopes and sealed with wax.The shopkeeper asked me if I spoke Mandarin. No, but I helped her decipher a letter written in English from a woman who had come to the shop a week earlier and purchased 21 cards and 21 pink envelopes. The letter explained that the envelopes were sealed and useless. I helped the shopkeeper craft a note of apology and verified the return address. The shopkeeper's effusive thanks made me smile. I was even happier when I went into teuscher and bought the last box of marron glace. Candied chestnuts are my singular indulgence at this time of year. It was only when I got on BART that I realized I should have asked for those 21 sealed envelopes.
This postcrosser from Singapore was taken by the Wordsworth poem that was quoted in film,"The Namesake." Long before that movie was made we had to memorize that poem in school. I could not imagine that many daffodils blooming in Japan - we had perhaps a dozen blooming in our garden in the spring. Many years later, I saw a field of daffs just outside of NYC and then walked among them in Daffodil Hill up at Gold Country. Even more than the yellow nodding heads, I delighted in their sweet perfume.
We received this bright & cheery card from the Fujita family. Yo-san is our favorite sushi-maker. We've followed his travels from one sushi restaurant to another all over the city. He's still following his dream of opening his very own restaurant some day. May his Christmas wish come true!
A hefty and delightful card from a Dutch postcrosser. She tore apart and pieced back to together two different cards for the front. She tied a rope on the back and added some wonderful stamps in the back. Turns out she is on the postcrossing forum on mail art, something I would love to join if I had the time. She started making an envelope for the forum and messed up. She almost threw it out when it occurred to her that she could create a repurposed postcard for me. YES!!! Thanks so much Sophie for this lovely, tactile card.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
An urban Christmas card designed by my studio & gallery partner, Stephen. He just got back from vacation abroad and has a busy schedule exhibiting and selling at various art fairs. I love his San Francisco-themed works, which can be seen here: www.SFHQ.net.
A felt & recycled jewelry Christmas bell card created by my friend Susan. It's fabulously glittery and old-fashioned. I asked her to make me a Christmas stocking with lots of Christmas-themed felt appliques on it. That is my wishful thinking....
A gorgeous collage card in an unusual shape by my friend Irma. With the recent wind storms blowing leaves about, this card was a perfect reflection of California winter.
Frannie, Irma, Susan and I have been getting together the first Friday of every December for decades. Last Friday, we met at the Sheraton Palace for high tea under an amazing Christmas tree. In the past, we combined a sumptuous lunch, a walk around Union Square to take in the "signs of Christmas" in the shop windows, shop for ornaments, and review our New Year's resolutions. To me, this one day which we set aside for ourselves is a wonderful manifestation of the Holiday Season.
Friday, November 25, 2011
My friend Frannie sent me a card speckled with glitter (the best kind of card, in my opinion). The two turkeys were probably wishing that they would end up as a couple of roasts. I spent a quiet Thanksgiving with Mike and two elderly friends. Am grateful that we did not have any turducken. Today we went to see a movie about Marilyn Monroe. I'm not sure I liked the impersonation - it was a bit forced.
This amazing postcard and stamps are from a postcrosser in China. The Stone Forest is in Kunming, Yunnan Province. It is made of karst, and erosion of limestone. It made me want to go visit this amazing formation straight away. I alos loved the stamps she affixed, the calm goddess of mercy and a verdant green forest.
An unexpected, bright red card arrived from Giuliana in Brasil. It's a wonderful drawing/collage of a cat up in the tree. There's a cartoon cut-out in the upper corner with justd a sliver of someone (Blondie?) looking aghast. Thank you Giuliana, for this wonderful card!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
I am initiating a traveling journal project among nation-wide chapters of the Women's Caucus for Art. 2012 will be the 40th anniversary of this feminist, arts activist organization. The journal will travel from chapter to chapter, with artists adding tiny artwork to the Moleskin journal pages. After the year is over, the journal will travel back to me (unless there is a postal mishap) and it will be auctioned off at our conference in New York City. Artists in my chapter have finished decorating the month of January with all kinds of art, including painting, drawing, printmaking, carved cardboard, fiber art and ink drawings. The front cover is an illumination created by a local artist and the puffy bookmark was created by a visiting performance artist.
A most curious postcard from a German Postcrosser. This is the Berlin Olympic stadium, built during the Third Reich in 1934. The postcrosser added a sticker against Nazis on the front and singed some cigarette holes through the card. There's also some altering on the margins with fringeing and pinking.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
A lovely volcano card from a Postcrosser in Iceland. I used to dream of volcanic eruptions in my home town of Kobe. There are no volcanoes there, but my dreams looked very much like this postcard. I also recall that Revlon had a wet, juicy lipstick called Fire and Ice.