Friday, August 02, 2013

Results of an arty collaboration with my buddies....

For a while now, mentions of the Tofu Millenia mail art project have been popping up on a lot of arty blogs - clicking on the link above will take you to a Flickr group with lots of examples.  And Tofu, the artist who started the whole thing off can be found here.

Basically, the concept is that you divide a postcard up into a number of 'strata', and it gets passed around from artist to artist until it's full up.

I kind of had this pegged as something we could maybe do as a project over at Collabor-ART, and maybe we will one day, but in the meantime, one of my pals on facebook suggested we could do a round just between us buddies, and so we did!

We all chose a theme, mine was 'copper and teal' as that's one of my favourite colour combos, and we each arted up the first layer of our postcards (well, I say postcards, we actually agreed to work at a larger size, so most of the participants went for 10"x8", mine was a little smaller).  That's how mine started off up there ^

And this is it all completed, as it came home this week - it looks so cool all filled up:


From top to bottom, me, Carmen, Sami, Jo, Susan and Virginia

And here are the contributions I made to the others:

First of all, Virginia's - her theme was red and black:


I know she loves Celtic imagery, so I drew her this design, based upon an image from the Book of Kells which I have as a tattoo (I had it done back in my Uni days, a long time ago now, when Celtic tatts were all the rage, but I still like it)

Next up - Susie, who went for Steampunk as her theme:

I went for a bit of a pun .... as I don't think there's always enough 'punk' going on in the steampunk trend

Here's my layer along with the other two that had already been filled in at that point, I love how Virginia filled in that heart with loads of tiny, real watch parts:



Jo's rainbow themed postcard was next - we were allowed to choose any colour we liked, they didn't have to be in order a la Richard of York ....  I went for green and painted a pair of envious green eyes:


Next was Sami's - theme 'the motion of the ocean' - most people had gone with fish so I went with an octopus:


And here he is added to the card and embellished a bit in line with the previous additions:


And last, but certainly not least, Carmen's ace Edgar Allen Poe themed card - I was really hoping nobody else would have done something relating to the Tell-tale Heart, as that's my favourite Poe story - and I was lucky....

Here's my contribution:


The quote from the book reads "I admit the deed!  Tear up the planks!  Here, here!  It is the beating of his hideous heart!" - it's kind of supposed to look a bit like it was engraved into the floorboards but I'm not convinced it quite worked, never mind :)

Close up of the heart, smothered in a thick coat of Diamond Glaze - you can see the reflection from my window in it's shine....

I can almost hear it beating .....boom boom boom ..... ;)


And here it is in place with Carmen's poe-tastic postcard now complete:


This was a really fun project, let's do it again sometime girlies!

7 comments:

Wrightboysmum said...

What a great project it looks lovely. Very inspiring.

Carmen said...

IT'S HOME! Oh wow it's even more gorgeous in real life Sarah! I had so much fun with this project and yours turned out so cool too!

Definitely one to do again. Now, where did I put my Poe anthology... I'm in the mood now.

Joanna said...

This post is such a treat for the eyes, I'm loving seeing all the 'postcards', either finished (yay!) or still in progress.

I LOVE your octopus and your green-eyed beauty :)

I must get on with doing my bit for Virginia's now (I know, I know, I keep on saying that!).

x

Karen Isaacson said...

gorgeous work all around!

SusieJ said...

They all look fabulous!!! I really, really enjoyed taking part...and we must do it again!
Thanks for the brilliant idea Sarah..:)
Hugs xx

Virginia said...

Oh a first glimpse of mine - excited - loving all the work you did Sarah, love it all! Glad you liked yours when it arrived home!

NatashaMay said...

This is such an awesome idea and it looks fantastic! :)