Postcard Swap 2014

Here is my take on a stitched postcard.  I love postcards and when I travel, in addition to sending them to friends and family, I also send to myself.  I love the slightly battered look from postal transit and I love reflecting on the moment captured on the front.  Recently I had an epiphany about time:  even though time commitments towards making my art are flexible, they need to remain a high priority.  I was in the habit of bouncing art time to take care of other things that had fixed timelines.  Weeks could pass between my ‘making’ sessions.  So the message on the front of my card is something that I repeat like a mantra several times a day to other artists and myself.

The production of the card is fairly simple – I sewed it out of pieces of muslin and cottons.  I wished I hadn’t serged the outer edge because it lost a lot of the ragged muslin edge.

Sandy, I hope you enjoy and always practice making time!IMG_2300

The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap!

Another adventure in design!  I am participating for the first time in The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap! Organized by the ever inspiring Beth Kempton of Do What you Love, the swap is now in its 7th year!   I’ve taken several course from DWYL which have not only encouraged me along the path to becoming a surface pattern designer, but also provide amazing opportunities to showcase design work.

This years swap theme is Create, which can be interpreted in any way choose but we do need to include some type of stitching. I’ll post my postcard here soon as well as to my penpal, Sandy in Ontario, Canada.  Be sure to check out the postcard creations on the Do What You Love facebook page!  It’ll be mind bending!  The early posters have some phenomenal work to share.

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