Sunday, March 20, 2016

Postcard Mail Art

mail art postcard
mail art postcard

Recently, I found some thick sheets of paper in the art section of my local second-hand shop. They remind me of the postcards made out of rice paper that I used to buy when I lived in Japan. I am using them to make postcards to send in the mail to friends.

For the postcard above, I used pencil, charcoal, acrylics and pastel chalk. For the hair, I used my cheap preppy pen loaded with my purple mix of De Atramentis Document inks. The note at the top left is something I had written to myself years ago which seemed to fit the feeling of the portrait.

mail art postcard
mail art postcard

The above the postcard is titled, A New Perspective, and I used pencil and De Atramentis Document inks.

gallery juana mail art
mail art postcard

I have had a project in mind for many years to pair some of my old poetry and notes to myself with my art. The above is another note I wrote in the late 80's that I've paired with a doodle I did last year.

It's been fun to do these postcards, and once I have enough art paired with poems, I'll put them in a zine.

Thanks for the visit and wishing everyone a good week.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Bicycle Linocut

bicycle linocut by Gallery Juana
bicycle linocut

Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel … the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.

Susan B. Anthony

Ever since my first bicycle as a kid, I have loved riding a bicycle. This Susan B. Anthony quote really rings true for me. I feel that freedom when I am moving on two wheels. International Women's Day was March 8, and I never realized how the bicycle was one of the symbols in the women's movement of late 19th century.

According to National Women's History Museum:

Bicycles came to symbolize the quintessential “New Woman” of the late 19th century. The “new woman” was the feminist ideal during the Progressive Era, a time of great social and cultural change for women. The image of the new woman reflected many of the new opportunities for careers and education that were opening up for them. The “New Woman” was deemed to be young, college educated, active in sports, interested in pursuing a career, and looking for a marriage based on equality. She was also almost always depicted on a bike!

bicycle linocut by Gallery Juana
detail of bicycle linocut

This bicycle linocut is based on a photo I took of an old bike I had when I was living in California.
The linocut is 3 inches height by 4 inches width on a 5 x 7 120 weight printmaking paper.

What do you like doing that gives you a sense of freedom?

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