30 June 2012

I Was There


This is a postcard sent by my friend Bruno. It's a strange feeling when you receive a postcard from a place you have actually visited. It is like reliving your trip, in some way. And specially if you went there on your wedding trip...! 

29 June 2012

5 Postcards

What is 5 Postcards
5 Postcards is a mailart project started by Sue Smedley and Andy Hoang initially as part of an education course. The original idea was to use postcards to illustrate 5 memorable incidents that happened to student teachers who were studying with us as a means of reflection on the learning experience.
The use of postcards challenged students to articulate themselves in a different way than they were used to, and subsequently the images that were produced showed a different level of reflection. Instead of struggling to get the right words, some students described very succinctly the incidents that had shaped their lives through visual images and juxtapositions, utilising icons and colour to effectively convey not just the details of the incidents but the emotions associated with them.
The number of postcards was very important to the project too. 3 postcards was too few incidents to really give a balanced reflective account of school, but 7 would have been overkill. 5 was just right.
We were so taken aback by the results that the two of us decided that it would be really interesting to expand the project so that anyone in the world could contribute their formative years. It seemed that so many of us have a great story to tell about school, so we wanted to hear it.
Our initial project is to open the School Experiences theme to everyone, and to collect your 5 postcard memories. We think that everyone has a memory of school or 5 that they can express to the world.
We intend to introduce new themes at some point, most probably every 5 weeks as we think that the reflective process can be applied to other topics too.

You can submit your postcards here electronically. Or send them by snail mail (only until 27th July!) to:
my REAL wall, Plot 45
REAL, The Royal Opera Arcade Gallery
1-2 Royal Opera Arcade
London

SW1Y 4UY
UK

28 June 2012

Pieter Post



Pieter Post

Pieter Post Pieter Post met z'n poes verdient de kost
in z'n rode wagen
zon of regen vlagen
brieven pakjes brengt hij door het land
Pieter Post Pieter Post met z'n poes verdient de kost 
Vogels in de bomen 
zien hem fluitend komen 
Pieter is als vriend steeds bij de hand
Ieder kent 
Z'n mooie rode kar 
als z'n klanten zwaaien naar hem en lachen 
Wie weet 
brengt hij jou ook wat 
Hoor je klop: de post!
Kijk gauw op de mat
Pieter Post Pieter Post met z'n poes verdient de kost 
Vogels in de bomen 
zien hem fluitend komen 
Pieter is als vriend steeds bij de hand


Dutch version of Postman Pat.
Thank you, Heleen!

27 June 2012

Lavender Earl Grey

Sent to Heleen (the Netherlands).
Postcard made from a tea box Laura had sent to me.
Also published here.

26 June 2012

I Like People Who Smile When It Is Raining (1)


Letter sent to Laura (the United Kingdom).
Drawn envelope.
I know I must practice to draw properly...

25 June 2012

Bring Me More Mail


Sent to Heleen (the Netherlands).
Recycled envelope using an envelope security pattern. I usually love these designs, as a lot of people do.
I added some stickers and rubber stamps.
I thought it was the right cover for this mail related postcard:

23 June 2012

Wrapped Postcard


I've got this colourful postcard from a postcrosser who signs as Rachel (Taiwan). The postcard reached to my mail box wrapped in transparent film. How thoughtful of her! And the most surprising is that in the post office they had had to unwrap the postcard in order to cancel the stamp, and then wrapped it again carefully, so it arrived in perfect condition. Thanks to both, the sender and the careful postal worker!

22 June 2012

Mermaid among Fishes


Sent to E (Utopia, France).
Recycled envelope decorated with rubber stamps and colour pencils.
Also published here.

21 June 2012

Don't Bore



Don't bore: be creative!
Sent to Heleen (the Netherlands).
Altered postcard. See the original below. It's an ad postcard for art workshops in Estudio Rossana Zaera Estudio.
Also published here (with this other work).


20 June 2012

Keep Calm



Two postcards sent by Laura (the UK). 

Keep Calm and Carry On is a catchphase that originally appeared on a World War II-era British public safety poster. You can read a bit more about that here and here. After the rediscovery of the poster in 2000, a lot of funny parodies have appeared with altered text, colours and iconography. You can find some of them here. And, if you feel creative, you can even create your own poster in the Keep Calm-O-Matic.

19 June 2012

Every Child Is an Artist


Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once he grows up. Picasso
Sent to Heleen (the Netherlands).
Altered postcard. See the original below. It's an ad postcard for art workshops in Estudio Rossana Zaera Estudio.

18 June 2012

La ciencia del sueño


Sent to Chi (Taiwan).
Letter write inside a reused DVD cover. It comes from the film The Science of Sleep (2006).


16 June 2012

Pat Postman

Sent by Heleen (the Netherlands).
It's a postcard, nothing special about it except for the fact it made me extremely happy. I wanted to share that for some strange reason she found it when I had just reminded the Pat Postman song...
Also published here.

15 June 2012

Magic Fun


Sent by Heleen (the Netherlands).
It contained the magic book that you can see in the picture below. But the "envelope" is as interesting as the content (at least for mail lovers...!).


And a beautiful personalized stamp!


14 June 2012

Happy Postcrossing




Another metapostcard (normal size) also sent by Heleen (the Netherlands).
I like a lot the greetings in differents languages and the lighthouses on some stamps. You can buy it here.

13 June 2012

Pop-up Hello Kitty


Sent by Heleen (the Netherlands).
Amazing shaped postcard sent to wish me good luck in my exams... My university doesn't looks as pretty as Hello Kitty's school...!

12 June 2012

Marzipan Box


Sent by Heleen (the Netherlands).
Marzipan box containing some beautiful multilingual (Catalan, Spanish, Dutch) goodies, as spring Dutch tulips, some beautiful bookmarks...

11 June 2012

Vintage School


Letter sent to Heleen (the Netherlands).
Drawn envelope, inspired in some flashcards we made (I mean, some classmates and me) for our English lesson.

08 June 2012

Maxicard from China



Sent by Jenny (China).
Maximum postcard.
It represents the Wuhou Memorial Temple in Nanyang (China).

07 June 2012

Postman Pat and His Black and White Cat



 Postman Pat 
 Postman Pat 
 Postman Pat and his black and white cat. 
 Early in the morning, 
 When the day is dawning, 
 He picks up all the post bags in his van. 

 Postman Pat 
 Postman Pat 
 Postman Pat and his black and white cat. 
 All the birds are singing and the day is just begining, 
 Pat feels he's a really happy man. 

 Everybody knows his bright red van, 
 All his friends will smile as he waves to greet them. 
 Maybe, you can never be sure, there'll be knock (knock knock) 
 ring, (ring ring) 
 Letters through your door! he he! 

 Postman Pat 
 Postman Pat 
 Postman Pat and his black and white cat. 
 All the birds are singing, and the day is just beginning, 
 Pat feels he's a really happy man. 
 Pat feels he's a really happy man. 
 (slowly) Pat feels he's a really happy man.

06 June 2012

Taiwanese Train


Sent by Jou-I (Taiwan).
Rubber stamp on the back of a postcard.

04 June 2012

Verzamelen


Sent by Heleen (the Netherlands).
Big postcard about postcards. Maybe we could call it metaposcard...

01 June 2012

Prosciutto





Sent by Alfredo (Italy).
Maximum card.
Also published here.