Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I got mail!

It's so cool when someone takes the time to send me something they think I can use in my art, and over the years wonderful things have been added to my stash. Here's what I received last week.

Japanese stamps from Patty Hammond. Jim and Patty attended my Oregon Coast Photo Workshop a number of years ago and Jim has taken my macro class. Jim's art can be found on Fine Art America, where he's getting started uploading images.

The rest of the items pictured here are just a part of what Janet and Ira Gelfman sent. They're simplifying their life, getting rid of extraneous stuff, and they generously and kindly sent me a LOT of things they think I can use.

All these dice came in a plain cotton pouch and vary in size, color, and shape. Chris and I are doing some assemblage art and a die or two or three might just come in handy.

Janet's grandmother sent her a bunch of envelope liners from the 1920s or 1930s, which I'll definitely be using in various collages.

And postcards! Postcards from an apparently well-traveled aunt.

She also tucked in a pouch of sea glass, some of which have been rounded and drilled to form primitive-looking buttons. Woof!

A cool-looking bottle, some old jacks, and lots more were in the box.

I'm overwhelmed by Patty, Janet, and Ira's generosity and thoughtfulness. Now the pressure's on to do something wonderful with all this. Yikes!

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  1. So much of a change from bird skeletons. I guess that is what is next when we move on. Ruth Bernhard had shelf in her small home that was covered in a wide strip of cotton. She must have had 100's of bird skeleton parts on top of this cotton. Most of the parts were very white and appeared to have been boiled and cleaned to look alike. You, like Ruth, find wonder in a huge variety of natural things.

  2. Any time I am compared to Ruth Bernhard, I take it as a huge compliment. Thank you!


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