Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review of Gutwrench Press's "Keep Writing" postcard subscription

     I first heard of Hope (of Gutwrench Press) and her “Keep Writing” project when I was searching on Etsy for “postcard subscriptions”. I wanted to see what kind of independent artists offered a service where a postcard would be sent to customers on a regular basis, ideally once a month. Hope's listing for “ONE YEAR—Keep Writing Letterpress Postcard Subscription” came up on the first page of search results. And I'm so glad it did!
     The basic concept of Hope's service is that she mails you two postcards each month. Well, it's really one sheet of card stock that can be detached at the fold, but for simplicity's sake, I'll just refer to them as separate postcards. You get to keep one of the postcards and then you creatively respond to the prompt provided on the other one.
     I love to put the postcard (the one I'm supposed to keep) onto the door of my refrigerator. It makes me and my housemates smile to see Hope's work there. The postcard I'm supposed to mail back is even more fun, though. It's fun to give some thought as to how to creatively respond to the prompt. The prompts are not complicated, though. For example, December's prompt was about how you and your family celebrate the holidays. Hope posts all the responses on her Instagram account. It's fun to see your responses and others posted online.
     Gutwrench Press's “Keep Writing” postcard subscription service is a lot of fun. I highly recommend that anyone who enjoys postal delights (both receiving and giving) subscribe to this service. Thank you, Hope, for making the mail a lot more fun!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

July art & a poem!

I've been crocheting a lot, but haven't really been making as much art as I'd like. Here are some pictures of the mail art I have made. Also, I'm including a picture of my mom holding my first-ever blanket! It's a yellow baby blanket made with a simple V-stitch. Also, here's a poem a wrote at the beginning of July:


Laying in the grass,
my head on your belly,
I gaze at the sky.

We talk about what
it means to be
fully alive.

I don't want to merely glide
through conventional motions,
I say as I watch a heart-shaped
cloud pass by.

I want to stumble on a
path that is my own,
then rise, slightly bruised,

but better.  

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer 2014 Update

Hi all! I haven't been making all that much art lately. I've been crocheting up a storm, though! I'll include some picture of my art, as well as some of my crochet (can you tell I love to make hair bows?!). Enjoy!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

End of Winter Update

I've been going through a bit of a dry spell lately. I've been crocheting, pen paling, and reading a lot, but I've not been doing much mail art. I did, however, make 8 postcards these past two months or so. That's better than nothing!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Night of the Book! AND MORE!

Tonight, during a spell of insomnia, I made this little booklet. It's my first attempt at combining mail art and art journaling. It contains six pages of artsy goodness! I'll mail this to a special somebody today.

Also, here are some pictures of some of the mail art I've made recently!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Mail Art and (LOTS OF) Crochet

These past few months, I've been keeping up with making mail art. I've also been crocheting like a maniac. Don't believe me? See below!


 Crochet (including some indoor yarn bombing practice!)

Monday, July 29, 2013

July 29, 2013 update

I had an awesome art-making session last night! It lasted ~2 hours and produced 4 completed postcards and the start of some others, plus the start of an art journal page. Here's the goods:

Also, I've crocheted 6 beanies in the past 2 weeks. If you're interested in buying one, please head to Green Owl Crochet (my Etsy shop).

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