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Archive for May, 2012

I thought I’d share how my postcards evolve within a two week period.

It’s nice out, and so I load up a bunch of supplies one Saturday and head out to the backyard where I start cutting up photos from garden magazines and the like and mixing them with tissue paper.

 

Somewhere along the way, I bought a lace curtain at a thrift store and began cutting it up:

A Gee’s Bend quilt by Annie Mae Young was also a loose influence on the last four.

After receiving a Gee’s Bend postage stamp from Jill French which I added to postcard/collage #3 in this grouping, I was so inspired that I also bought a book of postcards. I love the simplicity of the Gee’s Bend quilts. I might explore their designs more through my collages.

OK. I’m off to fiddle some more with paint, postage stamps, lace and collage!

Ciao,

MM

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swoon

My short and shy partner who looks barely twenty is leaning against some sort of elevated counter element with her black James Dean inspired non-leather jacket waiting for me to appear out of a small crowd of people coming out of an auditorium. She is barely a foot away from the artist presenter and star of the evening. I come up, lean down towards her, put my arms widely around her, and kiss her. As we look up, we see Swoon and she is smiling at us.

This is a conclusion to a one hour presentation that I have been talking about for weeks. At this point in my life, I find that it takes a bit of effort to leave the comfort of my home. But when I heard that Swoon was coming to town and was speaking, I had to go.

It was nice to hear her speak about her work and the values behind it. I can appreciate her love of creating ephemeral work and her commitment to social justice. In case you are unfamiliar with her work, here are a few of my favorites:

If you want to learn more about Swoon and her work, the Wikipedia entry is here.

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I had written that I would share some of my creations from my Text and Image class. I still have two lessons to do. I was having a hard time keeping up with the lessons. It was just too nice outside and I got more weeding done than I have ever gotten done before. Anyway, these are what I came up with:

I’m not in love with any of them. I often had this weird feeling in my chest when I was working on them. I enjoyed the class, but found that the instructor, Jane Davies, and I disagreed on which were my strongest pieces. Despite this, I may decide to take her color class in a couple of weeks. I’ll think about it.

That’s it for now.

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Spring is here!

This means that I’m a bit distracted with weeding and enjoying the sun. Weeding, what fun. I’ve been also taking a class offered by Jane Davies, entitled Text and Image. I may share some more images from my class at a future date. At this point, I am rather behind. And yes, I owe many a large load of mail art. So that you know, it doesn’t leave my “Need to return mail” pile until I send something back; even if it takes a year or more.

Here are just a few of the many gifts that I have received in my mailbox:

From Fi Webster;

and Angie;

Ingrid, a new mail art friend:

Tallie, a fellow Washington State-onian.

Cernjul Viviana from Argentina;

Do more of what makes you happy: MAIL ART.

Why does “do more of what makes you happy” seem so strange a concept? I am struggling with that combo right now: work that I am so, so about, clients and coworkers that I care deeply about. I would rather make art over anything right now.

I have also been corresponding with Vikki. I really like her style.

Jill has sent me some beauties as well. I really love the colors in this.

This is just a small sampling of some of the creativity that I have received recently. I’ll try to post more at a later date. I just have not been a great blogger lately.

Enjoy the weather,

mm

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