We’ve come to the close of 2016 and the last of the calendar postcards for Students on Ice. Hope you have someone in mind who’ll love receiving some ducks in the mail and go get your new year post sent out this week! : )
I was so enamoured by the green of their eggs.
We had to go back after our Spitsbergen sailing to visit the ducklings.
Ducklings in action…
I still have postcards left so if you’d like a set or two, pm me wherever that’s possible with your address and I’ll send that along to you.
Have a beautiful start to 2017.
These watercolours are based on my sketchbook and photographs from a trip to the Arctic in June. Each double month is painted A5 size and the photos below show the process from sketching to the assembled calendars.
Sales from the calendar are going to the Students On Ice scholarship fund and you can still support them here by purchasing one.
Have a wonderful Christmas!
The highschool workshops took place earlier this week. The students are on term break so I really appreciated them taking the time to come out to Rumpueng to spend with me. The original plan was to do a mapping of place through texture and object collections but because of workshop timing, it would be dark out.
We explored our vision of place instead, contrasting how other people like visitors or tourists perceive our city/home and how we would choose to convey it. As a fan of mail and Chiang Mai being a popular holiday destination, the postcard format was used.
What is it that we value and find meaningful in the place we call home?
We looked at typical Chiang Mai and Thailand postcards depicting wats, monks, tuk-tuks, elephants and developed ideas for our own set of cards sharing what we would like other people to see and know. Here are a few of the pieces.
“smile” …even the statues at the wats smile at you
a place to relax on your own, “…it’s free, you don’t need money in there.”
“The most beautiful night sky is in ‘Loi Krathong Days’ @ Chiang Mai.”
the source of life… “the origin of Chaopraya River”
Our second evening was spent exploring different book structures and how the tetra-tetra flexagon could be used. Ideas ranged from depicting changing feelings to a children’s story to the elements earth, wind, fire, water.
I haven’t learned much Thai yet and English was limited but these two evenings we were still able to share and learn from each other. I’m continually amazed at how people communicate and especially how art can give us a voice in so many ways.
These are finally heading out in the post. I don’t know many dogs which made for a quick series. Much prefer other people’s furry companions.
Happy Thanksgiving! I do love this season bookended by Canadian and American thanksgiving. This autumn has been marked by multiple reminders to intentionally and consistently make/create and reflect. Am continuing to learn to embrace and grow from each new experience that has come my way . Much to be thankful for each day this past year, especially those who have come alongside investing time to share their journey and connect.
Thankful for you,
the story we share
+ the post to send mail your way.
woodblock didn’t quite work out
haven’t done a reduction linocut since my uni days so thought I’d give it a go for thanksgiving mail
fond of the smell and sound of printing ink
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Recently came across some treasures from my siblings. Love that I’ll forever have their handwriting on these items.
A mixtape from my sister. The tape must’ve made its way to school a few years ago since that is the only place I have a player but it somehow got stashed in a cabinet and only resurfaced (along with other mixtapes–o joy!) last month whilst I was looking for gold paint. It’s like being back in highschool.
Postmarked in 2004. Actually can’t believe my brother visited the Guggenheim before I did. Finally made it this past summer. Cheeky, but he was right…I did like it. Very much so.
Mail for a great cause! Support the movement for abolishing modern day slavery by taking part in IJM’s 100 postcard challenge. Unfortunately I am stateless but if you live in the US–sign up, get those postcards signed, and delivered to your member of congress. Now’s the time to take action and let your voices be heard.