In this very Swap there was a secret about an open-minded, liberal hippie feminist woman being in love with chauvinist pig (sorry for the paraphrase, I don't remember the exact terms used).... and everyone thought that was cute and okay
No, everyone didn't think it was cute and OK, but I chose not to express my opinion of that secret. As I have stated before, Craftster is a craft board, and I participate because of my interest in craft.
This is very different. I want to be clear that whatever my opinion of the text, the part to which what I reacted strongly was the swastika. I could not, in any good conscience, use my time and resources to post an unaltered swastika on a public board. I debated for quite a while whether I would post the picture at all, but I thought that it was important to have this discussion.
I do not want to speculate on the sender's reasons for mailing a swastika to someone they don't know, nor do I think it matters. In my opinion, it was inappropriate, but it did occur and needs to be acknowledged.
The swastika is, by its nature, hateful. While I am open to a discussion on this, the simple fact is that a swastika provokes a strong reaction, and the sender could not have been unaware of this. I appreciate the discussion, but I stand by my actions.
Please go ahead and post it. Someone worked hard on this, and it makes me sad that someone else's judgment call results in their work not being seen.
I have gotten some secrets I didn't agree with (either for content or construction), but I thought that part of this swap was receiving whatever the other person chose to send and posting it for everyone to see.
D@mn. If I hadn't gotten on my moral high horse, I wouldn't feel obligated to post this one. It did arrive in one piece, but when I opened this one, I had a bit of an emotional moment and "altered" it. I'm not at all sorry.
Text: "Neo-nazis are sexy"
Whether this is serious or not, I have to say "UGH!"
It didn't occur to me to ask for any restrictions on the content of cards I got, because I'm not all that squeamish or prudish. Therefore, it didn't occur to me to ask people not to mail me cards expressing admiration for white power groups that believe in using intimidation and violence against racial, ethnic, religious and sexual minorities; I'll sure remember to mention that preference next time.
im sorry that i have gotten everyone all upset, but i like i said before thats not what im trying to do. i guess honesty isnt always the best policy.
all i know is that i joined this swap to get a lot of heavy secrets off my chest. good and bad, happy, depressing, whatever. i put a lot of effort into it, and tho some of them might not be the best quality to others, i made sure i was happy with them. i did it for the positive emotional release, which i thought was the point. im just disappointed that i took this so seriously.
Holy passive aggression, Batman!
My criticism of the quality of some of the cards is not directed at any particular person (it's not like we know which ones are yours anyway) but at the idea of creating what is basically 19 ATC's for one swap. The choices are (1) spend an inordinate amount of time or (2) not put too much effort into each one. If I had really thought about the time commitment, I would not have joined this swap, as I was just not able to send out the quality of work that my fellow Craftsters deserve to receive.
Craftster is, above anything else, a board for discussion of craft. It's nice that it can also serve as a social outlet for some folks, but that's not the main point. I think it's important not to lose sight of why this we're here in the first place. Guidelines or not, I think fabric card Craftster made a smart choice in duplicating the construction of some cards to maintain the quality of construction; I'm glad I got one.
I vote for Fabric to go ahead and organize a separate swap with one card per swapper if s/he is still interested. I imagine that it would be a different experience and would probably interest different swappers than the current set-up of round 4. I would sign up for that (Round 5? Postsecret spin-off swap?), while I have zero interest in a modified version of the current swap. I see these postcards as variations of ATC's, and it seems impossible to create even 10 quality pieces of work in the time frame we are talking about for a swap.
Please go ahead and post it. Someone worked hard on this, and it makes me sad that someone else's judgment call results in their work not being seen. To be honest, I like the fabric cards, and I would much rather see a very similar fabric card twice (that still had effort invested in the construction, even if the design effort was duplicated) than one that didn't take much effort to either design or construct. I have gotten some secrets I didn't agree with (either for content or construction), but I thought that part of this swap was receiving whatever the other person chose to send and posting it for everyone to see.
I didn't mean to cause any hurtful or insulted feelings about the "word & mag clipping" cards.
I did get that; sorry I sounded tetchy in my previous post! I completely agree that if I had the opportunity to create secrets with a narrower focus, I would have explored techniques that were much more involved than the good ole' glue stick (as much as I love the glue stick...)
I don't know if anyone else will agree, but I would really like to see a postsecret swap where everyone sent just one card. Imagine what that would be like, to think of the one secret you would share and to express it in the most meaningful way! (It could still be fairly anonymous if people weren't paired but were assigned random a random person to send their secret.) I bet there would be some amazing pieces.
I think if we had a smaller amount of cards to send, we could all be a little more creative with the display of the cards. Some are just a word and a magazine clipping, come on, we are MORE creative than that. and this is craftster!
As a swapper who is guilty of the "words and magazine clippings" school of postcard creation, I have two comments on the comment from the previous commenter:
(1) I agree...: In my personal opinion, 19 secrets is way too much. I believe that it encourages quantity over quality; if I had spent the amount of time on each card that I thought they deserved, I would have had to take time off work! Additionally, I find it hard to believe that most people even have that many truly meaningful secrets. I am not the only one who sent out pet peeves and gossip, which is fine given the parameters of this swap, but in my opinion, it dilutes the impact of the more powerful secrets that have been shared.
(2) ...for the most part: What's wrong with using borrowed images and text to express an idea? Even if I had all of the time in the world, I would have done some of my cards exactly the same way.
All in all, I think animegirlie's suggestion is right on.
I think it might be helpful to keep the gallery as just a gallery (more like the original post secret site). Anyone wanting to post comments could post in the original sign up thread, that way, if you feel the need to comment you still have a place to do it, but those who only want to see the secrets can look at the gallery only.
Props to the Avenue Q card. The show is so funny my sides literally hurt after I went!
And, if we are taking a poll, I love the Harry Potter series. I own and have read all of the books, and I have seen all of the movies. I have a Hermione action figure and went as Hermione one Halloween. I even have the Harry Potter knitting book. I love Harry Potter.
Here are the seven pictures I've gotten in the past two days:
On the back: "Have an awesome week! "
Remember how I said I wasn't going to comment on the cards because I didn't have anything as powerful to add yadda yadda? I'm evidently a big fibber.
My third day on Cymbalta, my left arm went numb and I had chest pain. I was hospitalized for two days so they could find out whether I had a heart attack, a stroke, or MS (I'm 28). After an EKG, an MRI, an EEG and many, many needle pokes (and some sleepless nights for my family), they determined...that it was the Cymbalta. I can't see their commercials now without changing the channel, and this card made me so angry that I couldn't speak.
Don't give up hope, though, anonymous Craftster! It's taken me many painful attempts and a lot of faith to find a medication that actually works, but it is so, so, so much better than living with depression. I've found that the key is to find a doctor who listens to you and to be patient. Neither of those is easy, but it is worth it. And I hope you have an awesome week too.
I'm so sorry. I can't even imagine what that must have been like.
(Those are page numbers in the top right corner; I erased the swapper number from the picture.)