.Items needed: a postcard, stamp (35 cents), address of recipient, and a pen.
I use a box with all my correspondence addresses. A great way to create this box is to save addresses when you receive a letter or card; cut return address off and throw it in.
Instructions: 1) Randomly draw an address from the box.
2. Randomly choose a postcard from your very special box-o-postcards.
3. Add stamps, address, and a kind note to your taste.
4. Drop in the mail.
This year for the annual August Postcard Poetry Festival I decided to do assembled text pieces.
To learn more about the festival check out Paul Nelson's Link:
For the postcards I used vintage file dividers I found secondhand and an image from an anatomy textbook. On some of the cards I put a layer of watercolor, ink, pencil, or coffee (as above).
The book I deconstructed was a young adult science fiction novel, "Insurgent." My motivation for using this book was that it was 75 cents and that I liked the feel of the paper.
This is a piece I did for the Cameron in North Carolina. I wanted to play around with memory, sensation, and feeling - how would this manifest in an object. Of course I chose a shirt - a running theme. I started with a sheer fabric, sewing from a vintage boy's shirt pattern.
I pulled a from a technique I played with over the summer where I glued a page from a book (in this case a phone book) over part of an image. When the glue dried I pull away the paper to leave remnants.
This seems to be a whole body of work in one piece! Let's see where this goes!
This is work that I started a number of months ago. I found an image of me as a boy and had an adverse reaction to it. My way of trying to understand myself was to work with the image.
These works ended up being the basis of a series of postcards for the August Postcard Poetry Fest.
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!
If you are looking for some August fun, check out Paul Nelson's blog below:
Here is my recent adventure in bookbinding. I started with some drawing paper and a no. 2 pencil.
Kitchen low-tech! I used an oatmeal container and some mason jar lids to make circles.
Next I did some acrylic washes on both sides - recto/verso.
Once they dried and I liked the colors I began to fold and rip, match into signatures (sections of four), and then began sewing.
Going through some images of last summer, I found this nice vignette. I was doing a multiple state road trip and decided to send postcards from each state. My vision was to buy tacky postcards along the way, but this is becoming very old school. A lot of the gas stations and truck stops no longer sell postcards. So there I was in Terre Haute, Indiana, with an idea and no postcards.
I rummaged through a local thrift for postcards but to no avail. Luckily I found well-used bingo game.