More so in the past than now, art galleries and museums were in the habit of sending out lots of postcards to announce new shows and exhibits. I was on the mailing list for several places, and maybe ten years ago I started to save all the cards. Carefully stashed them in nicely labeled boxes and thought that someday I would make art with them.
At the last meeting of my art group, the monthly prompt was "postage stamps." After a great evening of looking at mail and stamp projects of many different sorts, I was reminded of my old idea of using those art show cards.
|Kathleen Loomis, Memorial Day, 2008, Quilts Japan Prize in Quilt National 09|
I have made lots of what I call "postage stamp quilts" in which tiny quilts, about the size of stamps, are machine-sewed together into an open grid. I've also made a couple from paper, which has the advantage of not requiring the time-consuming quilting before you get to sewing the pieces together.
Fortunately the postcards were right there on the shelf, in pleasant contrast to other art materials that I know I own but can't find without serious searching.
After several days of cutting, I got to the sorting stage:
So here is the start of a grid of hard-edged graphics, mostly orange and blue: