Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Xiang Yang, one of the more deeply interesting artists I know, sent this card announcing his new show at Repetti in Queens from April 5 to 27. The rainbow threads shooting through space in the work shown, Buddha Says, stitch two images together.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
A postcard arrived yesterday from my Chinese friend Yue W. but it was really about the stamps. One was for the Year of the Rat, the others Chinese opera. Yue knows my passion for Chinese opera and has often sent stamps and cards showing actors. The postmark shows that it took 19 days from China.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Cheryl C. of the Springtown post office sent this "baseball" card. Guess she's a Yankee fan! Be sure to check out the stamps below. The card arrived today, with the tix for the exhibition game on the 30th between the Phillies and the new local franchise, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. A sign of spring for sure. Keep the cards coming!
Monday, March 17, 2008
A Brasilian postcrosser named Renata, who likes writing and taking photos, sent a pretty card from Paraty, which holds an annual international literature festival. I particularly liked the stamps in such cool, luscious colors. Gotta dig the accordion.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
This American postcard, from the Darling & Company Easter! book, was printed in 1905. It suggests the already-booming popularity of the teddy bear, which had come into being only a couple of years earlier. My mother, who collects bears, is sure to love it.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Maren, from Hamburg, Germany, (we've got a Hamburg in Pennsylvania, too) has been a postcrosser for all of 13 days. This is the first card she's ever made. Pretty cool! I'm impressed by the many different elements she used, including the glittery silver thing which got torn off en route. The post office apologized, and I pasted it back on. Maren teaches kindergarten. I hope she'll get her kiddies, too, to make and send postcards.
A friend in Obama, on the Sea of Japan, sent me a 13-page letter in his highly idiosyncratic Japanese script. I am only able to answer in increments, starting with this oil pastel and collaged postcard, made from snaps another friend sent last year of flowers in her garden.
Fairmount Park in Philadelphia has a call out for digital images of the park, to be used for a new postcard series. The ten winning entries will be printed professionally, with the name of the photographer on each. The cards will go on sale later this spring at the park's LOVE shop, which takes its name from one of the park's most famous landmarks, the Robert Indiana LOVE sculpture. The deadline is April 15. For details and entries, go to http://www.fairmountpark.org. Click on the LOVE button.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
This magical postcard arrived yesterday from Portugal, where there is not much snow. It was created by a 19-year-old postcrosser named Aida, who likes animals and is studying to be a veterinarian. Because my profile says that I like snow, she used several pictures to make this super composite image. The heavy rains this weekend washed away all the snow and ice here. Thanks, Aida, for maybe the last image of winter!
Friday, March 7, 2008
Family collage by Sanna of Kirkkonumin, Finland. Very sweet and I love the train stamp!
I've changed my profile quite a bit on Postcrossing but my latest, to receive cards from recycled materials, has been the most successful. Some cards are still the traditional view cards but many are fun collages made from local materials.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Winter aconites are suddenly in bloom here in rural Pennsylvania, but pussy willows are barely a thought. This reproduction postcard is from the wonderful Darling & Company book of vintage Easter postcards and dates from the heyday of postcards and, alas in the US, of trains. The card has so many intriguing components; I'm not sure I'll be able to part with it.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
It was into the archives for this postcard of Roy Campanella, one of the "Boys of Summer", as the Brooklyn Dodgers came to be known. "Campy" was the first black catcher to play in the majors. He should have played, wanted to play for his hometown team, the Phillies, but that's a story for another day. During his 10-year career, he was a three-time National League MVP. The card was part of the slugger series issued a couple of years ago by the US postal service.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
I made this birthday card for Susan. It is made with satin, Moroccan silk threads, Madeleine wrapper, hairnet and snaps. I found the black snaps tape in the back of a drawer. I think I was going to use it on an Issey Miyake pattern. It serves an interesting purpose here. The back of the card is also salmon-colored satin. I painted over it in creamy white acrylic paint, then stamped a birthday greeting. I remember my painting teacher likes to paint on satin because it changes its nature from shiny to matte or translucent, depending on the type of paint applied to it.