Sunday, April 10, 2011

postcard swap extravaganza

 I can't believe it but I actually made the deadline for the ihanna postcard swap. I ripped up an old book about Rodin. I felt very bad (the book was almost 100 years old), but something mad came over me and I did it anyway. Sometimes being bad can feel great. And then I collaged over the pictures.



This beauty (pictured with the envelope she flew in on, because it too was beautiful) arrived from Bea in Portugal the other day. I took a look at her blog and it's gorgeous. I love the letterpress work she has been doing. My father used to run a publishing company, and everything was printed using letterpress, but with the advent of computers and digitalisation, he got rid of all the letterpress equipment. He says it's one of his big regrets. I remember playing with the letters as a child. They're beautiful. This website is dedicated to the preservation of letterpress.

And this arrived from Hedy in Australia. You can find our more about her here on her blog. The photo isn't very good, but the postcard is gorgeous in person. In postcard. In ... actual fact. The thing I like about it the most is that, if I look really carefully, I can see Hedy's fingerprints on the card - where she stuck the little collage pieces on. I once asked an artist for a photo of himself in his studio (long story), and he responded, "But you already have a photo of my studio don't you?" and I said, "Yes, but I need a photo of you" (it was for work - I wasn't actually stalking the poor guy) and he said, "You already do." I love that idea, that you can see an artist wherever you see their work.

8 comments:

Madde said...

Rodin is fantastic & so is your cards :) Don´t feel bad about the book. I think it´s better to use things in other ways, than never using them at all, leaving things in boxes, on shelfs collecting dust...

beatrice said...

thank you so so much for this post! I am so happy read that my postcard bird arrived save to its new home <3

It would be great if you could email me a picture of you and the postcard together :)

xxx

Andria said...

Your postcards look great! I love "repurposing" old books too. I did Hanna's swap, too...very fun!

manysmalldots said...

Thank you for your lovely comments. Bea - I will definitely send you a photo of myself with my new bird-friend. As for "repurposing" old books, I think it's going to be something that happens much more often around here from now on. I like the idea of giving books another, new, unexpected life.

Kimber said...

What wonderfully creative postcards. And I think you honored the book by putting the pages to use!

EWian said...

Fun to see your cards, thanks for sharing.

EWian

iHanna said...

Thanks for sharing your postcards, and the story about the artist. I think of my own collage artwork like little portraits of me, or rather, my soul. :-)

Take care and happy spring!

sc said...

HI! Postman had a surprise for me today. t h a n k y o u ! :)