Sunday, January 31, 2010

art tower

This is a submission to my Food/Recipe MailArt Call. I'm not sure what the purple stuff in the cup is, but I do love shrimp and apples! And I love the colors on this card too. : )

maz dixon

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.

fast eyes

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

linda austin

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

art tower

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

katerina nikoltsou

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.

megan henson

This collage combines some of Megan's favorite things: Botticelli's Birth of Venus and the last few lines of T.S.Elliot's poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. (and just for me, she added an OWL!)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

dr. brignone

Here's another clever double-themed card. The message side fits my previous mailart call on the theme of gift/giving, and the addressed side fits my new mailart call on the theme of Food. Cool, huh?

elizabeth dismorr

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 halbritter

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. : )

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

irene watts

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.

parys st. martin

Love these deep, vivid colors! Thanks Parys.

Monday, January 18, 2010

conny vlaicu

This card from a new mailart friend reflects her enthusiasm for yoga.


These two sewing-themed ATCs came from my friend Liz.

carroll woods

Carroll's awesome 2010 Year of the Tiger card took a long time to reach me, but it was sure worth the wait! Soft block print on washi paper with a page from a French book in the background.

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

rachel freeman

An envelope full of treasures from Rachel (in order from the top): two wildlife prints, plus an ATC and card done in Rachel's distinctive photo collage style.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

katerina nikoltsou

Bookmarks made from prints of onions (title: "Circles Within Circles") and oranges (title: "Orange Print")

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

pamela jewell

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.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

megan henson

Feathers, tiny flower petals, butterfly wings, owls, and age rings on trees--they're some of my favorite things!