First, thank you for your greetings! I felt very pleased!
Today I found this postcard photo on my computer which I made 5 days ago. It's my first ever made postcard, so I felt very happy, that my first postcard was sooo nice ( I think so :) )!
This postcard is dedicated to Lithuania (my country) capital Vilnius. As you see there are big inscription "Vilnius". There is also some well known cities names. I also added some ornaments from different pattern.
Hope you like my 2nd postcard!
P.s. Today I made realllyy green postcard, but I don't like it very much... I also had postcard there dog is wearing... (can you guess? :) )
June 7, 2011. "Once I had a secret" No.1 is a collage with an "open
door"(or that lower left door "opens") and my secret love's no secret
anymore ;-) Or is it? This collage, also with a collage on the A4
envelope, is sent to The Museum in Sydney, Australia for the Secret
Sent to the Mail Art Call titled " The European Year of Volunteering", the pieces will be displayed in Naples in CasArcobaleno in June 2011, and the exhibition will be made available to other environmental organizations who request it.
For a better view of the piece, visit my mail art website :
I've never seen a coffee plantation, or how coffee is harvested, but I think the plantations are quite large and the harvesting is tedious. I love that there is a "coffee belt," the only places coffee would grow. I would love to make a real belt out of coffee beans ... or maybe coffee beans and some hemp. I don't know if coffee beans go bad ... it wouldn't be good to have them rot on my hips.
Pennsylvania is obviously not in the coffee belt. I could never have locally grown coffee. I can, however, buy coffee from distributors who have a relationship with the growers ... direct trade coffee. It is often much more expensive, but I'm willing to pay the price.
In the US there is a huge uproar about illegal immigrants, many of whom come from coffee belt regions to the south. Cries to deport are loud and far-reaching. However, most of the people who scream would never support paying more for their cup o' joe. They want cheap coffee. If the people who harvested coffee could make a decent living, they might not feel the need to risk life and limb to come to the US.
Finally getting back to my mail art after a busy period. I went and bought used books at the local library and was lucky enough to get an art text book that was marked up and doodled in, so I don't feel bad about cutting it up! And a cookbook is from the 60's, boy were those recipes bad. Will be great for mail art.
I try to buy local foods as much as possible, even wines. I live in southwestern Pennsylvania, which is not exactly a vineyard haven. There are vineyards around here, and more up north, on Lake Erie, but the grapes don't have that je ne sais quoi that makes for a good wine. I am not a wine connoisseur, so I can't put into words what makes the local wines taste odd. They just do. Plus, I always have heartburn afterwards.
I'm actually really excited and in love with these pieces. They are on empty envelopes that I sealed shut. The addresses are written on the reverse, which is the side that seals, the opposite of the side that is usually addressed. I coated them with gesso, then applied dry pastel, watercolor pencil, watercolors, acrylic paint and colored pencil. I love, love how they came out.
And now, after this post, I am only one week behind in my mailart 365. I promise, I am not defeated yet. I hope to return in a couple days and post the pieces that should have been posted this last friday AND a load of the awesome mailart I've been receiving. I tell ya, I've had a PO box for a couple years now (I think) it's never been so active.
"And, in the end, the love mailart you take is equal to the love mailart you make" -Robyn (robayre)