Boy, it really pays to make your backgrounds ahead of time. It's 10:30 pm, we just had friends over for dinner and I realized I'd better not forget to make my MA for today and a quick few pictures thrown together will have to suffice. However, the watercolored backing I did ages ago makes it come much more alive.
Had a crazy weekend, but got to send out all new stuff anyway! I used up my big mega gluestick though, so I'll have to go shopping tomorrow. But it was worth it! I got to utilize lots of scraps and pictures that I've been meaning to paste together. ^-^
I have a really great vintage book called "The How And Why Wonder Book of Insects". Can't remember where it came from, but I think it once belonged to my older sister - who was a kid in the sixties. The price on the book is 59 cents! I find that the more popular that online books become, the more protective I am of printed books. I love them! How they feel in my hand, the experience of reading, the turning of the pages - I am not a fan of online books, hurts my eyes and the experience is not the same. Needless to say, I really struggled when deciding if I wanted to cut up the insect book for the greater good of mail art. Even though I had never read the book and likely kept it for the purpose of an art project, I felt very conflicted. Finally decided that it would just collect dust if I left it. Better to use it and put it's content out into the world of mail art. So this is the first card using the book's lovely illustrations. Sending it to my friend's mother, who is lovely in her own right.
More than you needed to know about my internal struggles over book preservation. Thanks for listening!
I used a free paint chip card for the background of this postcard. I love paint chip cards because they're free and at basically every hardware store or WalMart, etc. I sent this card to my friend in Florida who is going through a hard time right now. I hope she likes it! :)
Self with Mom's Patchwork Square Dance Skirt, 2008
Hi All: I will be away for several days. My mom is dying. She is 89 and has Alzheimer's. If you are so inclined, send prayers her way for a peaceful, gentle passage. Her name is Edna. Back soon, Martha
This morning I found myself at the breakfast table with the Environmental report for Bangladesh and the 'society' page of the Sydney Morning Herald side by side. I'll just say it was a bit sobering and sad. I was immediately reminded of this great mantra from the 60's or 70's.
The picture of the woman weeding her subsistence plot is actually from the Bangladesh report.
And no, I'm not suggesting she's a cannibal, rather, that if these Aussie ladies had been grown up in a Bangladeshi subsistence garden their outlook might be a bit different.
I am going to start using other colours of thread for my next set of stitched postcards. Its hard because I like the obviousness that the black thread has. I will try using complimentary colours, that should help.