The theme I was working with this time was
'New York, New York'
and the postcard was for Chrissie.
By this stage of the swap, lots of the ideas have
already been taken, and I initially struggled to
think of what I was going to do.
Then I decided to look a little into the history of
New York, and specifically why it is
called 'New York'. It turns out that before it was called
New York it was called New Amsterdam.
Having taken sovereignty of it, King Charles II
decided, in 1664, to give it to his brother James,
the Duke of York and it was for this reason that
it gets the name New York.
The background of my postcard is a map of New York
and its environs which I gessoed. Onto this I did a gel
transfer of the Stars and Stripes, which I distressed.
I adhered a picture of the Duke of York, and
added the cheesy 'I heart NY' because I'm sure
he did 'heart' NY!
I popped 'The Duke' in a Mail Art envelope.
It was also time for me to receive, of course.
Who said giving is better than receiving?
Obviously not someone in Postman's Knock!
It was Gina's turn to create a postcard
with my chosen theme of
'Yee ha! Ride 'em Cowboy!'
Gina printed vintage images of cowboys and a Native American onto fabric. She hand painted those gorgeous boots, spurs 'n' all and stitched.
They are absolutely stunning, don't you agree?
And look at the fab Sheriff's badge - that'd be one
camp cowboy sporting sequins and beads!
I think I'll wear it to work to remind those darn kids
who's the boss around here.
|(something for the weekend, ladies)|
Gina found this image when she was looking for cowboys
and, quite understandably, couldn't bring herself to put him
in the bin. So she kindly sent him to me as a bonus postcard.
Thank you, Gina, for both postcards,
equally wonderful but for very different reasons ;o)