Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Fabric postcards



For more than 20 years I have gone to the annual Retreat sponsored by Friends of Calligraphy which is based in San Francisco. The gathering is held at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA where all the meals are served and we each have our own room. We do our art in a large hall and have quiet times while we are working. Over the years keepsakes have been made by participants to give to each member. So, last year I made 32 individual postcards of fabric that I then quilted. Yes, I did mail them and they all were received before the Retreat. 
The above cards have a variety of techniques from painting on raw silk and on fine silk, discharge (using bleach to pull out the color), weaving, applique and use of commercial ribbon. Each card is then quilted. Oh yes, I sent them without my name to see how many would guess who sent the gift. 

I know that I said it was a calligraphy group, but over the years we have seen bookmaking, origami, lettering, photography, sewing, journaling and so much more. March is the next Retreat and I look forward to seeing friends. I really feel that artists have lived isolated lives and this group allows us to interact. Of course, the internet has broadened our world, but personal interaction is special. This years keepsake is a secret until after the Retreat.

10 comments:

Lisa said...

These are so beautiful and unique. The recipients are so lucky to have gotten something so beautiful in the mail.

Alex said...

SUPERB! I really like the styles and the impressive techniques. I've never seen anything like these to be honest, and I have to agree with Lisa... if I get something like this in the mailbox I'd be jumping in joy the entire week ^^

raena said...

I am impressed that you sent these in the mail! EDMers are always full of surprises!

Phyllis said...

Beatiful. How treasured each of your fellow participants will feel to know they inspired you to create these just for them.

nanke's stuff said...

They are just lovely - what a treat it would be to get one of these beauties in the mail! nancy

Ramona Davidson said...

Each one of them can be described as eye-candy. They are each a little masterpiece. Great art and creativity.

Minerva said...

These quited postcards are amazing Sandra!

Dan Kent said...

Very creative and beautiful color designs on these cards! This is not easy. I am working on my first ATC and have had several train wrecks already.

Kari said...

Your postcards are so inspiring... had no idea you were doing that. Did you make a different postcard for each person? Oh my, your creativity is right out there. Kari

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