This is the second year that I have done the Postcard Poetry Festival. I love how this event is becoming part of my summers...and part of my history! This is such a lovely ritual! I thought I would share my process I used this year.
I start with discarded books and books I find in thrift stores. I want poems that have contrasting sources so I use pages from different books. I find two pages and sew them together...
I treat the sewn pages the same as fabric, opening up the seam with a hot iron.
Next I print on the image and then cut it out. With my studio work I am doing doing a lot of sculptural pieces that involve sewing, so I am grateful to pull this image of the shirt into the text/poetry realm.
For the actual postcard I used a number of different backgrounds. My sweet partner found me these cool paint chips. I like that they add another layer of text..."a bit of heaven."
My writing process is this: I start by circling words that pop out, then add text as needed. This reminds me of doing Jumble puzzles. Sometimes the words come quite quickly and I can do the piece in a couple minutes, other times it can take an hour...or a day. Then there are the times I wish I would have changed the tense of one word! Oh well, I suppose that's the process and the purpose!
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