Postcards and I have an on again off again relationship. In 2007 and 2008, I was obsessed. I even asked my girlfriend out on our first date via a postcard. I would send them to my friends but rarely got any back. Then my interest waned for a bit.
I work at a domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center and about a month ago, I had the back-up phone. My girlfriend and cats live 1.5 hours away and I was stuck by myself and the phone for the weekend. I bought a moleskin journal and started collaging. I didn’t have many art supplies with me and so I mostly went through the trash can and glue sticked pieces together. I got the bug again.
A few days later, I discovered the book Good Mail Day by Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler. I had no idea that there was such a large community of mail art enthusiasts in the world. I discovered internet groups and inspiration.
But I wanted some postcards back. I started a Facebook event with my friends; inviting them to send me a postcard and I would send them one back. Over 60 friends signed up. Not all of them are making their postcards by hand, but they are all wonderful and show the uniqueness of my friends. I hope to encourage them to make them by hand or add a handmade touch on the second round. When that happens.
I still have 3 more postcards to make and now I have started this blog. But as obsessed as I am, I will probably have more made by the end of the weekend. I work pretty fast. I’m trying to let go of the critical voice and just play with shape, color, and texture. I’ll share some of my and my friends’ creations. I will also share sources of inspiration. And perhaps, I will meet more people to exchange postcards with in the process.