Entries in mail art (22)


Wolves, Sheep, Cats and Dogs and circles 

Our last postcard exchange before our exhibition opening next Tuesday the 26th of August went golden and conversed about the behaviour of both domestic and wild animals. We also both returned to a motif that is revalent in this exhibition 'the circle'.  
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7th July 2014, Dear Joan, With so little time I hoped to use the superimpose app... but battled. Hope you can teach me. Your interest in Red Riding Hood seems to keep emerging in my work these days. Love Lara 

Text Above: 11 July 2014, Dear Lara, I thought you would like the following quote: The price of being a sheep is boredom. The price of being a wolf is loneliness. Choose one or the other with great care@ Hugh Macleod. Love Joan

Text Above: Wed 30th July, Dearest Joan , I know that I had to respond with my Sienna to your last card. She was so sick last weekend...I nearly lost her. She ensures that I am neither lonely or bored. Bullmastiffs are also known as ‘Lion-dogs’... another appropriate connection to your last card. Love Lara. Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is – German proverb.  

Text Above: Wed 30th July, Dearest Joan , I know that I had to respond with my Sienna to your last card. She was so sick last weekend...I nearly lost her. She ensures that I am neither lonely or bored. Bullmastiffs are also known as ‘Lion-dogs’... another appropriate connection to your last card. Love Lara. Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is – German proverb.

Text Above: 1 August, Dear Lara, I am so happy that your card was about Sienna. We have almost come full circle. When we started thinking about our collaboration we came up with the Sienna Sam identity. It is only fitting that Sam appears with Sienna in our postcards. Love Joan 

Text Above: 9th August, Dearest Joan, I can’t wait to dance, Love Lara. If people stand in a circle long enough, they’ll eventually begin to dance. 


Butterflies and Flowers 

This next series of cards recorded both Lara & myself enter quite a whimsical phase...
Text Above: 23 May 2014, Dear Lara, “Is it possible to become friends with a butterfly?” It is if you first become a part of nature. You must supress your presence as a human being, stay very still, and convince yourself that you are a tree or grass or flower. It takes time, but once the butterfly lets its guard down, you can become friends quite naturally” Haruki Murakami. Love Joan  
Text Above: May 27th 2014, Dear Joan, I’m not sure I would stand still enough to make friends with a butterfly...U2 sang a song called “Running to Stand Still...they’re one of my all-time favourite bands. Take a listen to it ...it’s from the album The Joshua Tree.

Text above: 4 June 2014, Dear Lara, Unlike butterflies Art never dies. I have included a quote on my card from my favourite artist Frida Kahlo; “I paint flowers so they will not die”.   

Text above: 10th June 2014, Dear Joan, I have just learnt that the larvae of moths eat lily flowers...my favourite flower!! An interesting, if not a little sinister connection. Love Lara  
Text above: 15 June 2014, Dear Lara, This card provides another opportunity to visit "sktchy" one of my favourite apps. Right now time is precious and all attention is on completing work for our exhibition. NO time to play! Love Joan 

Time for roses, butterflies and April fools 

The following series of postcards continued with me working on the "sktchy" app. The person depicted in the following image (Michael Rose) is not only good at drawing using the ipad app "Paper 53" but is happy to share his method of working. Head over there & check out his drawings.  

Text above: Dear Lara, In this case the rose is red (Michael Rose on sktchy is a "red head".) His web site is called mademistakes.com. So doubt he has had his share of battles. 26/3/2014    

Text above: 1st April 2014 "your Birthday"  Dear Joan, Viola Odorata is used as a scent in the perfume industry. Violet is known to have a "flirty" scent as its fragrance comes and goes. Just like our birthdays...they come and go. Wishing you a very happy birthday today Joan. Love Lara.

Text above: 2 April 2014, Dear Lara, Yesterday (my birthday) was about time passing, but it also means moving on to new challenges. This postcard exchange not only marks time but is a celebration of how we challenge one another. Love Joan

Text above: Monday, 2014-04-28, Dear Joan, I do love that we challenge each other…and that we discover more to ourselves, beyond our personal boundaries. Life is full of adventure and possibility when we move beyond fear. Love Lara

Text Above: 15th May 2014, From our “box” …when she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she had always been, but she had wings – Dean Jackson. Love Lara 


Layers and stories

This next series of cards became multilayered & started to explore mythical stories. Lara started it off with a multi layered card in which she created a portrait of me. I wear layers of clothing in both summer & winter. Often layers of very sheer fabric and lace - hence the layers of ribbons and fabrics in this card. I also have a "thing" about the number three, which explains the number three stamped on the front of this card.         

Text above: Dearest Joan

I won't be the same now that I have an iPad

Love Lara 10th Feb 2014

I felt I needed to match Lara's card above, so I also made a layered card below: 

Text above: 19/2/2014, Dear Lara, I was scratching around in my storeroom - looking for paper and I came across an old music book. The book fell open at a song called "Waldgesprach" (German). I looked up this word on the Internet and found out that it means "forest conversation". On further investigation I found out that it is about the witch Lorelei, a woman who was accused of bewitching men. On her way to imprisonment she climbed a rock (large)...   

Text above:... on the river Rhine and subsequently fell to her death. There is a rock on the river that is her namesake and has been painted by your favourite painter- William Turner. I thought you would like this story as well as the old paper. Love Joan. PS - I didn't burn it - these are original burns.
The drawing above is Lara's dog Sienna (I did this ages ago & stuck it to the back of this card - just to fill a blank spot) 
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My Dear Joan, Your last card spoke of 'conversations in the forest' This made me recall a photo I took of Pat & my shadows at the Valley of Desolation, where standing at the rock's edge was quite scary...but beautiful too. Poor Lorelei ...it is a pity the village folk looked to the seen rather than the unseen. We often tend to notice the 'obvious' rather than carefully considering the deeper meaning of things. William Turner sure got it. I think. Love Lara

Text above: 18 March, Dear Lara, My forest is my classroom and my garden. The closest visual equivalent to your postcard I could find in these two places was a reproduction of Pollock's "One" and a dying rose. Love Joan 
Dear Joan, Wherever we are classroom, boardroom, home....wherever our forests are...life must be lived with courage. Love Lara, 21/3/2004 

Getting perspective

This series of cards between Lara & myself seemed to take perspective on the past & the future. A good place to be at the beginning of the year!  I continued with my 'sktchy' obsession & convinced Lara to join the community. The last card in this series is a portrait of Lara.   

Text above: 27th December 2013 – Dear Joan, Birds emerge from forests … perhaps to fly away or else simply to see things from afar!  Love Lara

Text above: 1 January 2014 – Dear Lara, I was looking up quotes on perspective and the following appealed to me: “Perspective: the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance”

“I never changed I just learned”

Love Joan

Text above: Under-story

Hi Joan, I loved your last quote on perspective. Here’s another...Perspective – a. A view or vista b. A mental view or outlook: “It is useful occasionaly to look at the past to gain a perspective on the present”...

I hope to look forward more than to look back, but realise we need to both. Wishing you a great 2014, Love Lara

Text above: 13 January 2014

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards” Kierkegaard

Dear Lara, I found this postcard in my storeroom today. It is a drawing by Picasso. I have, superimposed a “selfie” pic on top of the traditional drawing. (Done by me on the ‘sktchy’ app) Love Joan


Text Above: Dear Joan, I want to live more than I understand. Love Lara. 25 January 2014  

Text above: Dear Lara, January was filled with lots of talking. Now is the time for doing and living. Love Joan. 4 Feb 2014