First, I received some postcard love from Lee (who lives in Canada), over at Defining Me, in exchange for one my stitched postcards:
Christel (who lives in the Netherlands) and I also decided to do a swap. When I found her blog, I discovered that #1) I couldn't read a word of it, and #2) she had done one of the projects from Jason Thompson's Playing with Books--so she is a kindred spirit in any language!
Here is what Christel shared with me, in exchange for a stitched postcard:
Recently, I discovered the blog of F.M. (who lives in Germany), over at La Wendula. She creates the most wonderful collages, finds amazing historical papers and ephemera for her work, and hosts a frequent paper swap that I am going to participate in this September.
In a recent post, she created a "Nonsense book" from vintage library cards she received from a friend who works in a library. When I commented on how great they looked, and how difficult they are to come by here in the U.S., she was kind enough to send me a stack of them! I love that generosity of spirit that "shares the wealth" with like-minded individuals. Now I have to find something fun and interesting to send her way in return!
And finally (Can you believe there's more! I told you, it's been an amazing couple of weeks for mail!), I visited the blog of Karenann, a collage artist (who lives in Arizona) who makes the most wonderful Rolodex card collages. I bought an "old-school" Rolodex a couple of months ago, and have begun dabbling in some collages, but was having trouble cutting out the indentations where the card fits into the Rolodex itself. In a comment to Karenann's blog, I asked her what her technique is for getting such neat cuts. She didn't just answer me; check out what she sent:
I've said it before, the very best thing about maintaining a blog is the relationships that develop as people come to visit mine or I go to visit theirs. Having mail arrive at my house from Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, and the other side of the US would be highly unlikely if I didn't have this online artistic community to enjoy. So in the spirit of
What's in YOUR mailbox?