For the past 3 years, I've participated in Kat Sloma's Liberate Your Art Post Card Exchange, where she encourages us to print our art to postcards, and then share them with other creatives around the world. This year, I sent off my new batch of postcards in good faith with plenty of time to meet the due date. And then the day before the swap, Kat kindly emailed me to say she received my empty envelope, but no postcards, and no stamps, no labels. ??? Apparently lost in the mail on the way to Milwaukee. Hmmmmh ... Funny the post office delivered an empty envelope, and didn't return it to me. I was pretty bummed, thinking I wouldn't be able to participate this year after all ...
But this is such a wonderful community that Kat is fostering. I am honored and humbled by it all :
Back in January, I posted a collage of the images I was considering printing to postcards for the 2015 exchange. Through the FaceBook Group, several people liked my work so much that they offered to do an extra swap with me. Some of them were new people, and some I'd met in previous years. So even though I didn't get to participate in the official swap this year, I still got to be part of it all--liberated my art (again), and met some new people around the world. Things worked out just fine!
Here are the cards I received this year all of them EXTRA Swaps since my P/Cs got lost on the way to Oregon :
|Tulips in Paris from Janice Darby in California -- next to my leafy green teapot.|
|Welcome burst of color from Sara Calhoun in Atlanta, Georgia. Our spring hasn't started yet!|
|From Snap Lane in Houston, TX.|
Still cold enough to have a fire burning here.
Only Frost Fairies so far, but they do beautiful work, too!
These are my husband's big ol' feet sitting next to me.
|From Juana Almaguer in Langley, WA|
Just wanted to show you, Juana, that your rocks and shells and corals landed someplace where they are appreciated. I dug out my Olokun Head (aka Shell Head Lady), cleaned her up, packed her up in a backpack and trekked her down to the still frozen shores of Lake Winnebago as the sun was setting tonight.This is the postcard Kat Sloma (OR) sent to all participants in the 2015 LYA Postcard Exchange. Even though my envelope arrived empty, with no stamps, Kat still sent me a postcard. Thank you so much, Kat! It's beautiful--pictured here on my art desk in the porch.
Here are my Postcards I sent out into the world (wherever they landed -- At some point, you just have to let go and send them out into the world, and trust they will play their part in making the world a more beautiful place, whether they end up where I sent them, or if they landed where they were needed most (at least, that is what' I'm choosing to believe). All of these have previously appeared here on Sweet Leaf Notebook :
|Grunge Horse (Landed in Idaho)|
|A Dream is a Wish ... (Landed in California)|
|October Moon (Landed in Georgia)|
|Sandy - (Landed in Sweden)|
|Indigo Moon (Landed in Virginia and Minnesota)|
|Storm Coming (Landed in Texas)|
|Pick More Daisies (Landed in North Central Wisconsin)|
|Topaz Tulips (Landed in Virginia and Washington)|
2015 Liberate Your Art Video, compiled by Kat Sloma. Participating Artists contributed 1 image of their work for this year's video. Enjoy!