Sunday, January 31, 2010
Maz has been doing a special project (read about it here) in which she has been accepting requests for postcards depicting locations anywhere and/or anytime. I asked for a card depicting Hokkaido when the only human inhabitants were the Ainu, and this is what she sent me. I must say, she really did her homework! The bright red Ainu symbols are garish on purpose, as one of the uniting features of her series is the "ghastly and complete inappropriate font" (her words) that often characterize touristy postcards.
There are many interesting elements to this card, but what particularly caught my eye were the words "and the bubble burst." It makes me think of the burst of Japan's economic bubble in the 80s. To this day, the area of Japan where I live has not recovered from that event. (sigh)
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Here are two etegami pieces from Linda, who is trying to help me track down card stock in the US that has similar qualities to the washi cards I use for my Etegami. The card stock she used for the top card is watercolor paper, and the bottom card is 2-ply, 100% rag.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The countless tiny dots that fill the background of this cool ink drawing of a woman's (?) head must have taken ages to draw. Unfortunately, the drawing was smeared when it arrived, apparently due to snow that had gotten into my mail box. What a pity.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Here are two submissions for my Food/Recipe mailart call. Katerina painted them (water color?) on two blank washi cards I had sent to her earlier to show her what I use. Since she chose to send them to me in an envelope, she used all the room on the backs for writing the recipes.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
I was very pleased to get this card on a proverbs theme, a theme I introduced on my etegami blog, but without making an official mailart call. The thing is, this card even fits into my 2010 mailart call on the theme of Food-- in this case: the "lack of food." Truly, there but for the grace of God go I.
Roland sent me this interesting remnant of one of his former mailart calls. The cow on a plate is a sticker that seems to have been added just for me. A submission to my Food/Recipe mail art call, perhaps? If so, it is a clever touch. : )
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Irene's decorated envelope came with a smaller envelope of patterned paper and artistamps, plus a postcard-sized watercolor of golden flowers painted in such a way that they literally sparkle, as though sunlight were reflecting off dewdrops. I wish it came across better in the scanned version.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
This watercolor mailart from France was created in response to the Etegami Recipe Card post on my Etegami blog. I'd been considering a MailArt Call on the theme of Food/Recipes, and this drool-worthy card settled it. Details of the MailArt Call are on the right side of my Etegami blog near the top.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
This is an incredibly clever card celebrating 2010, the Year of the Tiger. You may wonder, on first glance, what it has to do with tigers. But the words at the bottom explain it all. This is probably the most creative New Year's card I've ever received.