Every year for the last five years I've participated in Kat Sloma's Liberate Your Art postcard swap. Talented artists from around the world share their art. Each participant creates at piece of art in any medium such as painting, photography, mixed media, needlework, or jewelery. Any type of art is elegable as long as you can take a photograph of it and create a postcard. The postcard above is the one I sent to be swapped. We're encouraged to add inspiring words on the back. I added a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." You mail Kat five postcards, she swaps them, and we receive postcards back from other artists.So far I've heard from three recipients of my cards: Jane in Michigan, Ma in France, and Sherry in Canada. I was delighted to hear where my postcards landed!
4/19 - I've just seen where another of my postcards landed. Chandra Lynn in Alabama received it. Only one more to see if I can find!
Here are the postcards I received from around the world...
My first postcard arrived from Dover, New Hampshire. This beautiful piece of art entitled Mondrian 2.0 was created by Will Conway. This is his tribute to Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (1872-1944). The back included an inspiring quote "All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster's autobiography" by Federico Fellini.
This lovely photograph was taken by K. Spatola of a keyhole at Kronborg Castle (aka Hamlet's Castle) in Helsingor, Denmark. She included a quote from Hamlet, Act 4, Scene IV, "We know what we are, but not what we may be." ~ Ophelia
A lovely black and white photograph arrived from Jeanette. On the back she wrote, "A lonely bench sitting in the rain overlooking the Williamette River in my Oregon town.
This postcard is a mixed media piece by Jane Ross from Reston, VA. She named it "Summer Memories." Her enouraging words were an Australian Aboriganl Proverb "Those who lose dreaming are lost." She also added "Let your imagination soar!"
This beautiful collage piece was created by Andrea Weber-Lages from Hanover, Germany
Thanks to each of these wonderful artists! I treasure each card!
The last postcard we all received was from Kat. Her beautiful art is entitles "Imminent Downfall" and on the back she writes "When you Liberate Your Art the world is a better place." Thank you Kat for hosting this amazing swap of art!
This year's swap included:
1290 pieces of art
214 artists participating
from 12 countries
Each year this swap continues to grow. I can't imagine the work that goes into hosting this swap. I appreciate all the hard work Kat does!
I'm looking forward to Liberate Your Art 2016! If this sounds wonderful to you, join us next year. Kat has a newsletter that keeps you informed of everything that's happening at her studio. Just go to her website and sign up to recieve it in you inbox!