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The Millenium Postcard Swap


What interesting things you find at Flickr! In December, I stumbled upon mail art postcards with empty spots and a group of people discussing each layer. Intrigued, I did a little digging and discovered the Millennia Mail Art Project facilitated by Tofu. {My apologies for the typo in the title}. So I whipped off an email to Tofu to get his OK for me to share the project and use his concept. That's how I would want someone to handle my ideas, so I try to do the same. And more emails to other folks to jump on the mail art bandwagon. Tofu gave the go-ahead and the global team was psyched to get started. Here's a funky mosaic in Tofu's photostream of a bunch of pieces from the Millennia Project. There's even a handy dandy Millennia Mail Art Project Flickr Group.

The team: Natasha White  Karen of I Am Rushmore Michelle of Lost Coast Post Roben-Marie Smith and Hanna Andersson. We each selected a design {the layout} and a theme and I promised to get the postcards off in the mail to Natasha.

I cut 4x6” cards from manila file folders to be strong but stitchable {although they don't need to be stitched, just an option}, wrote the theme and labeled the sections with each person’s name in the mailing order. Each person will have 10 days to add their section to each of the 6 cards and mail to the next person. 

So while the postcards fly across the ocean to New Zealand with their little fabric wings, I'll share phase one. 

Bonus card: Stripe design + Leaves + Trees theme

When I get new fabric, I like to cut a little stack rectangles from each pattern to use for all sorts of things. It really boosts creativity when you can just grab an already-cut bit of fabric an you are ready to roll. So I went on a treasure hunt through my fabric stash looking for greens and leaves and made a little fabric collage in the teeny tiny section. Each card is 4x6" so each section is just 1x4". 

Tammy's card: Stripe design + Happiness theme

More fabric happiness. I selected my fav colors and fabrics that say HAPPY to me.

Natasha's card: Stripe design + Beach theme

I used a bunch of blues and sandy browns thinking of the way the water and the sky and the sand look different depending on the time of day, time of year...

Hanna's card: Patchwork design + Pink theme

Two fabrics with vivid pinks. Easy peasy.

Michelle's card: Patchwork design + Wonderland theme

I described a fantasy place like Alice's Wonderland with playful fabrics.

Karen's card: Pie shape + Orange theme

Three orange-intense fabrics. 

Roben-Marie's card: Patchwork shape + Circles, Dots & Doodles theme

You can follow the progress next at Natasha's blog in a few weeks. I'll keep you posted. Meanwhile, if you want to get involved, touch base with Tofu and get a group together for a swap.

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Reader Comments (8)

These look so fun! I can't wait to get them in my hot little hands! Thanks for hosting this and thanks to Tofu for the concept! cheers, Michelle
PS...the link to my blog is actually in-post link goes somewhere unknown...

01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Reuss

These are awesome! I love playing with fabric. I will follow for sure.
Tammy, love the envelopes and will have to order more now that "someone" was at my house and had to have 1/2 of them! On my way back to your shop!


01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim

This is awesome! I can't wait to see the progress :)

I wanted to send at least one snail mail (postcard or letter or package) per month this year to one of my friends or someone who has touched my life in a special way. I really like to get back to more handwriting and taking time to re-connect... Especially since we moved far away from so many of my/our friends, and I'm still quite homesick sometime, I think this will be a really nice project. I need to start small, to see how much I'm able to accomplish.
Happy mailing! :)

01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJana

Oh wow! What an incredibly fun project! I love it! I can't wait to see how it develops!

01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarin

I'm so excited this is officially in motion!

Glad the project is going well, but I can assure you, I am not a her but a him. -Tofu

Oh Tofu! My apologies! I actually have a character in one of the stories I invented for my kids, a squirrel named Tofu... and it's a boy. I should have known. I've fixed the text. And thank you for your support!

01.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTofu

What a fantastic idea! I can't wait to see more!

Tammy, this really is cool. I wish I'd known about it, I would have started one. I love how different they are!

05.8.2013 | Unregistered Commenterchris

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