Friday, April 13, 2018

Liberate Your Art 2018




The eight annual Liberate Your Art postcard swap has come to a close. I've participated in this swap hosted by Kat Sloma since it's creation eight years ago. Each year has brought delight and inspiration. The rules are simple: take a photo of your art, make a postcard of your art, mail five postcards to Kat, she organizes them all and then sends them to their new homes.

This year's swap included:
134 artists
804 piece of art from
10 countries
31 US states

Every single year I have been blown away by the incredible art that is shared. There is such an incredible amount of talent among the artist who participate. Quoting from Kat "a theme emerges from each year...this year's message, Art brings Light to the World."  Each time a postcard landed in my mailbox it brightened my day, touched me, and encouraged me.



The first postcard I received was a lovely photo creation by Christina Pagan. She combined two photos; one of a feather floating in a pond and one of a waterfall. The combination is a gorgeous piece of art!  Her greeting on the back includes "I am wishing bountiful travel, adventure, and inspiration in your future." Christina has a wonderful website filled with amazing photographs.




This beautiful dragonfly postcard came from Anne Doyle in Victoria, Australia. Anne's greeting is "Find the freedom to reach out and touch dragonflies, wish on stars and talk to the moon."




Next, I received a picture of Dante who says "Strut your ART Stuff." This postcard is from Vicki who lives in New York State. Vickie has a website that I thoroughly enjoyed browsing through.




My fourth beautiful postcard is from Tennille. "This photograph is a turnip field in bloom in the Southern Willamette Valley, Oregon." I've never seen a turnip field in bloom!




Sue sent this gorgeous postcard from California. On the back she says "This is my art quilt Golden Gate - Fly-By." The upper cables are copper wires couched in place and there are glass beads on the waves."




And lastly, Kat sends each of us a piece of her art. This piece is entitle "Anomalous."  On the back Kat's greeting is "Creativity takes courage." a quote by Henri Matisse. Each year Kat puts together a video of the art that has been liberated around the world. I think you'll enjoy stopping by her website and watching it. The variety of art is simply amazing! Let me take a moment to encourage you to participate in the postcard swap next year. You'll be glad you did! To learn about the swap simply sign up for her newsletter following the link above. When it's time for another swap she'll include the information in her newsletter.




The last postcard I have to show is the one that I created for the swap. When I found this poem by Emily Dickinson I knew I wanted to photograph my HOPE necklace with a large feather. I wear his necklace often. It reminds me that my life is full of hope and joy.




22 comments:

  1. I love your beautiful postcard art ! Again, this year, I would love to set up a side swap with you if you have extras to spare :-) What an amazing collection of cards you received also! I adore the way you set up each shot!

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  2. I enjoyed seeing the beautiful cards you received and sent. I too share your feelings when one of these beauties appeared in my mailbox.

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  3. I love the way you've presented your cards received in the postcard swap! I especially love your feather card with the 'Hope' necklace and lovely excerpt from the well-known poem by Emily Dickinson.

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  4. What a super presentation of all your cards! You got a great selection this year Cathy.I really like the card you sent out and the message you included.The LYA swap is always interesting and the blog hop the best part. Happy creating Cathy!

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  5. Hello,

    I love how you've displayed the beautiful postcards your received this year. I saw the postcard you liberated into the world on the Facebook page. It truly is a beauty. I'll look forward to seeing you here again next time. Take care.

    Suzette
    Notes From the Road

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  6. You received beautiful cards, but I am simply STUCK on the one you created. Emily Dickinson is one of my favorite poets. If you have any extras, I'm all too willing to side swap. Let me know. Find me at http://iamchandralynn.com. Thanks, Chandra


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  7. What lovely postcards and great settings. See you next year.

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  8. Beautiful cards and great photos :) Hope to see you again next year

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  9. Wonderful cards! Isn't this swap inspiring?

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  10. Beautiful cards you received! And I love that card you created! Interested in a side swap?

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  11. Lovely cards! I see a wonderful affinity between your "Hope is a thing with feathers" and the card you received from Christina P. You did a nice job photographing each postcard in it's new home -- the touch of red needles on the old Singer with the art quilt was another nice resonance. See you next year!

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  12. I love your card, so wonderful. and the cards in your collection are amazing too. So glad to see you in the swap. We have that in common... 8 swaps ;) Hope to see you next year, can't stop now right, LOL :)

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  13. Great display of your cards! And so far, you are the only one who has posted my postcard. I wonder where the others landed... thanks for the shout out! Mail art is great fun! Stop by anytime! Aloha!

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  14. I forgot to mention how much I LOVE your postcard. Do you have any extras? I have others, if you want to swap!

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  15. Gorgeous cards received -- and such fun presentation! Love your card and quote, too!

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  16. Very cool to see these, Cathy, I remember you participating in this in other years. Your "joy" necklace is lovely. It looks like spring has really sprung there.

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  17. What a joy to receive these little pieces of art in your mailbox, Cathy! This swap looks like such fun. And I truly love the postcard (and the quote) that you created, too--sure to remind us all that "hope" is always present :)

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  18. Each post card told a story. I liked yours also. I enjoy the post cards because every one put something of themselves into the project.

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  19. That is so fabulous that Kat keeps doing this every year. I know Vicki too. Love that turnip field. I don't think we have turnips anywhere close around here. And your's is precious and so special.

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  20. wow, what a lovely array of artists work. I haven't participated since 2013 but may well join in again next year

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  21. Well, I have to say this made me want to plant some turnips! ha,ha!

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