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« on: May 22, 2010 05:44:29 AM »

These are a series of drawings that I made for a mail art project that I recently started. I have been living abroad, working as a math teacher for about two years, and had basically stopped making art all together. I decided that to make sure that I would get back into the habit of drawing and making art, that I would start mailing at least one art postcard every working day. (I could have said it would be every day, but I decided that I needed weekends off!) That way, I would have to keep drawing to keep up with mailing the postcards. A friend helped me build a website so that I could document the project. I'm putting up a few of the images here for you to see, but if you want to see the project as it unfolds, you should go to www.thisisart.ca.

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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2010 07:08:28 AM »

Beautiful! I am very interested in this project. I've been toying with the idea of moving up from ATCs and making post cards for a little while now

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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2010 09:06:41 AM »

This is such a neat idea! I love the scribbly quality your drawings have - it's chaotic without being messy.

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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2010 09:12:14 AM »

Wow you're very talented, these are wonderful pieces. I think they make perfect postcards.
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2010 02:40:38 PM »

Thanks for all the positive feedback!  Smiley

I get teased a lot at work for being a math teacher who's good at AND passionate about art, so it's nice to have an audience that's appreciative. (rather than mocking... even if it's not meant unkindly)

SierraPapaCharlie - The scribbly quality of the drawings just evolved naturally, as I often draw on the bus/train, and decided that I would have to find ways of living with my mistakes. I didn't want to be labouring over every line, making sure that I got the shape just right, and scribbling away makes me feel like I am carving the image out of the white spaces.

I would encourage anyone who is interested in mail art to look at Mail Art - The Forum, which posts projects that people can contribute to, as well as addresses that you can send mail art to. (You could always post your own address in the hopes that someone will send you something) http://www.mail-art.de/

There is also the postcrossing website, which allows you to sign up, get a random address, and sent a postcard to it, as well as receive a postcard from someone random in return. I have yet to take advantage of this service. http://www.postcrossing.com/

Just for good measure, here is my favourite image that I have posted so far:

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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2010 05:33:02 PM »

But gink, what if we just want to trade with you? Smiley Would that be possible. Please message me if you are comfortable with sending each other post cards. I will be available to make one and send it out in the first week of June.

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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2010 12:29:54 PM »

Aw, shucks.... (is there an emoticon that blushes?)

Listen, I'm in general up for swaps. But I also just think that random mail art is a good idea. (as evidenced by the fact that I have decided that I should make and send it five days a week) More people should try it! It's fun.

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