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post card swap

Written on 2 May 2005 | Posted in art/craft,swap | 14 Comments

When I read Myra’s blog the day she announced her postcard swap, I knew I needed to get in on the mail art action. I have a fierce little collection of discarded catalogue cards from the library I work at, and I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to incorporate them into a project. This swap ended up being the opportunity I was waiting for and it was out of a pile of music catalogue cards that this series was born. I call it high-culture :: material culture and the process involved choosing 10 catalogue cards for classical pieces (including operas and other artifacts of “high culture”) and adding them to a collage of images, colours, textures, and artifacts of material culture. I was delighted to find a couple of catalogue cards for John Gay’s The Beggar’s opera in my collection, which is a wonderfully ironic take on “high culture”, so they definitely made it into the series! All cards went out last Thursday, here are the scanned versions:


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  1. Comment by amanda:

    I love how you used those library cards–what fun! Darn…I knew as soon as I saw all these great cards come in that I’d regret not jumping into this swap! ;)

    2 May 2005 @ 12:36

  2. Comment by andrea:

    those looks so great, amanda!

    and go you for getting them out on thursday — i was working till the wee hours friday night, with glue, glitter,
    and cardboard all over my bed ;)

    can’t wait till all 10 arrive — i’ve gotten one so far and i can’t stop looking at it!

    2 May 2005 @ 12:43

  3. Comment by Monica:

    Wow! I love those!

    2 May 2005 @ 12:51

  4. Comment by tangognat:

    These look great!

    2 May 2005 @ 15:56

  5. Comment by Heidi:

    Creative use of LC cards is always good! Those postcards are swell. May the lucky recipient(s) appreciate their library-ness.

    2 May 2005 @ 15:59

  6. Comment by Heidi:

    PS. Wow this was worthy of a link on librarian.net! Go Amanda.

    2 May 2005 @ 16:06

  7. Comment by Rose:

    Those are fantastic!

    2 May 2005 @ 16:58

  8. Comment by kerstin:

    ooo. very cool cards. i hope i was on your list (though i imagine it’s unlikely…) ;-)

    2 May 2005 @ 17:13

  9. Comment by Anamaria:

    I love the cards (catalog and post!). Nicholson Baker has an interesting essay on the fate of the card catalogue in his collection of essays The Size of Thoughts; have you read it?

    2 May 2005 @ 21:40

  10. Comment by kathreen:

    they are all great I love distilled history, culture and a new verse best.

    2 May 2005 @ 23:38

  11. Comment by Lolly:

    Lovely creations–I just love how you used the card catalog–perfecto!

    4 May 2005 @ 14:39

  12. Comment by ruth:

    lovely! on the postcard theme have you seem Tom Phillips’ A Postcard century’ (Thames and Hudson) and ‘Postcard From provence’ (http:shiftinglight.com). I am biased but I think you might enjoy them! thanks for the link now returned! rx

    6 May 2005 @ 14:57

  13. Comment by Hanna:

    It’s such a great idea to use these catalog cards! They are all wonderful but I like “mine” best (the one I got in the mail!) – THANK YOU AGAIN! :-)

    7 May 2005 @ 03:33

  14. Comment by Marieke:

    Thank you so much Amanda for your card. I’m so glad I was on you list because the card is absolutely amazing. what a great idea to use these cataloque cards and your color use for the combining materials is awsome!

    7 May 2005 @ 07:59

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