Saturday, December 26, 2009
Irene, who is known for her detailed and lusciously colored artwork, sent me this "minimalist" card in a salute to Etegami. The colorful artistamps on the addressed side are her creations too. (I'm afraid the card went though a bit of wear and tear on both sides by the time it reached me.)
What a wonderful surprise to receive Talvikki's beautiful etching from a random matching on Postcrossing. If you love receiving picture postcards from all over the world, and you haven't heard of Postcrossing, let this be the last day of your ignorance! Check out postcrossing.com
Monday, December 21, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Katerina sent me these apple prints she made in 2005. Two of them show the star in the center of an apple which is revealed when the apple is sliced crossways. On the back of the cards she quotes from Turkish author Orhan Pamuk's The Black Book: "I loved you when you showed me the perfect star in the heart of the apple..." (p.372)
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
This piece of art is an etegami-style painting of a tropical flower and a colorful fish on a coarsely textured postcard. Beautiful colors. The pose of the the fish is particularly intriguing to me, and I like how it extends beyond the border of the box.
Silkscreen owl on paper made at the Banff Centre. This circle of very thin paper made it intact through overseas postal delivery. I am truly amazed! Besides, how could Marnie, whom I've never met, know that I am very fond of owls, and that I collect owl-themed artwork?
Monday, December 7, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
This lovely Chinese-style brush painting of oranges comes with a haiku inscribed on the back: "Anticipation/ weighs down the limbs with green fruit/ on the orange tree." The envelope looks to be hand-decorated too. I LOVE the dragonfly stamp!!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
A welcome response to my "gift/giving" mailart call, these etegami are painted on the washi-like paper towels that Katerina says she found at a hotel in Athens. The paper is white, but she glued it onto a bright green background to produce the soft green of the top card. The paper of the bottom card is folded around the back like a package would be folded-- a clever extension of the gift-theme.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
From top to bottom: "Fruit of the Season," "From the Tree as Winter Comes," and "In the Beginning of Winter." Katerina says she found some interesting paper at a deluxe hotel in Athens that has many of the qualities of Japanese washi, and has been having a great time playing with it. These are all wonderful pieces, Katerina. Very much like traditional etegami, but unique in texture.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Wasn't sure how to display this delightful mini-book from Jennlui, and ended up spreading it out. It's actually one sheet of paper with the illustrated part all on one side (the other side is blank), and cleverly folded with the aid of a slit in the middle crease. The title page is the one that says "I heart MailArt." The items at the bottom were stuffed in the tiny manila envelope marked "Top Secret." This was my first exposure to a mailart mini book, and now I'm inspired to make one of my own!