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Last Saturday I took a day-trip to San Francisco to meet my friend Pamela. Pamela is an amazing collage artist — one of the most talented that I know. We’ve discovered that we share a similar style, or at least are drawn to similar types of images and illustrations.
We’ve been admiring each other’s work for several months now and knew that if we’d get together we’d have a lot to talk about, so when we made arrangements for me to come up to her studio I was so giddy, I couldn’t resist telling my kids, “Mommy’s got a play-date on Saturday!”
Her workspace is filled with so much inspiration and neat projects. Here’s some of the loveliness on her desk.
And her tower of index cards. I love all those tabs.
One of her awesome projects to make a piece of art on a Rolodex card, every single day.
Other artists also contribute to her collection, including me (yay!). She’s been doing this for a couple of years so her collection is extensive. See her blog post for more amazing photos. All those cards represent a work of art. It’s astounding, really. It would take a pleasant period of time to go through them all. I’d love to do that some morning, along with a cup of tea.
Another of her interests is in correspondence art, and actually this is where our paths crossed. We share a love of all things postal, so of course I wanted to see art she makes, she collects, and some of the ephemera she has for creating more.
Here are some of the postcards she has received from all over the world.
Another project that is very unique is her work on altered passports. She takes an old passport and tells a story with photos and ephemera of where this person has traveled. It’s so creative! Read her description of how she comes up with the ideas on her blog. I want to create something with one of my old passports. I’m going to do some studying of these for a while first.
She also has glue books that I found fascinating. The covers come from hardcover Reader’s Digest compilations.
All in all, we had a wonderful time. I brought some of my journals to share so with all of our sharing we didn’t have that much time to create. That’s ok. We’re going to do it again someday 🙂
I’ve been getting some pretty neat mail lately. I’ve also been working hard, creating some nice pieces to send out. Here’s what I’ve got to share:
For a postcard swap I mailed in a few postcards with a map theme. Here was one I made.
In return I got some neat ones:
I’ve been motivated to make art with postage stamps so I also made a few postcards with stamps:
These I made with postage stamps and a type-writer rubber stamp:
And here’s one I received:
Here are some really cool envelopes I received. This one is made from a junk mail catalog page.
This one is from my creative friend Pamela. I have to read up on where she gets her template from. I love how the ice cream float stamp goes with the 60s yearbook theme.
She sent something colorful inside.
Recently some art friends and I have come into a bounty of cancelled stamps. At next month’s meeting of correspondence art enthusiasts we are going to make more postcard art with stamps. I’m very much looking forward to that.