Thursday, June 25, 2009

2010 Postcards

Copyright Tattered Edge 2009

So after such a long while, I finally managed to make some art. This is a postcard made for the 2010 postcard project my friend Dawn is hosting. It's to celebrate the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics. My postcard is not up on the blog yet, but you can see the rest here.

The symbolism is thus:

The piece is called "Spirit In Motion" which is the motto of the Paralympics. The bird represents that spirit.

On the tail of the bird are the words "Citius, Altius, Fortius" (Higher, Faster, Stronger) which is the Olympic motto.

The bird itself is made with German script to represent that there have been times when the peaceful and inclusive ideals of the Olympic movement have been challenged by world politics.

The bird is flying in a north-westerly direction, making it's way to Vancouver, BC, Canada for the 2010 games.

The circles represent the Olympic rings, of course and all the colours of the rings (red, black, yellow, green & blue) are included in the background.

The Kerrisdale Community Centre is having a grand opening celebration this Saturday & Sunday where you can view all the postcards in the gallery for free between 11 a.m. & 5 p.m. On Saturday there will be cake and the Olympic 2010 mascots will be making an appearance. Fun times! For more information, click either of the links above.

Over the weekend I was able to drop by the ATC swap and visit with everyone. It's been awhile since I was able to go and it was great just hanging out and talking about art.

Penn hosted a collaborative book on a tea theme and she was handing out the finished product to the participants. I got to have a look and it was really great-quite chunky and full of all kinds of little extras. I wish I'd been able to participate, but the timing was bad for me with preparing for and starting chemo.

I picked up the summer issue of Sew Somerset while I was out and about. The cover caught my eye and I did a quick flip through and liked what I saw. Lots of good inspiration there. The prices of magazines are steep in Canada ($16) and that, coupled with a limited amount of space to house magazines means I have become more discerning about which issues I buy. I don't buy any of them regularly anymore, but rather thumb through first to see if there's anything new that catches my eye. This issue was worth buying-I've got pages tabbed and I noticed that my pal Pilar has an article on Sketch Quilts published. Congrats to you Pip!! Well done!

In other news, my best friend brought her new puppy home yesterday! Dexter is Indy's little brother. (Same mum and dad, different litter.) He's a fair bit bigger than when we took this photo, but still just as darling. It's going to be lovely to have our dogs grow up together. I am sure they are going to be very good friends. We're going to introduce them to one another later this week. Puppy love!


sherry lee said...

Oh look at that sweet baby's face!!!! So adorable!!!!!

I'm with you on purchasing magazines...we really get hit hard here in Canada and I've started doing as you do -- I flip through for a bit to see what catches my eye and make my purchase(s) based on that.

As for your postcard? It's amazing Lelainia...I love it and I love the symbolism behind the placement of the elements.

Tina said...

Your postcard is lovely. It's wonderful that it's so rich with symbolism.

What a sweet pup.