An artist’s postcard swop

mixed-media postcard by Amanda Jane Ogden
Image copyright: iHanna

iHanna is a Swedish artist who is passionate about creativity. She blogs on this subject and posts on Instagram. You can find links to her website and Instagram account at the end of this post.

One of the very creative things she does is to regularly organise a worldwide swop of ‘artists’ postcards. I had read about this previously and this year made the decision to join in. iHanna demonstrates a lot of mixed-media work and I love using collage, so I was excited to have a go.

Each artist has to make ten postcards and put them in the post to the addresses supplied by iHanna. I decided to make something of the numbers and collaged papers cut from magazines and newspapers to make objects in various quantities, always using the paper in a different way to its original function in print. For example, the eggs were not originally photos of eggs, one of the flowers was actually a jumper and the tea-cups were all composed from pictures of other objects.

postcards made by Amanda Jane Ogden for the iHanna postcard swop

The post has been affected by the pandemic, so I was somewhat nervous as I added the stamps to the cards.

Adding stamps to postcards for the iHanna postcard swop

I wished them well on their long journey as I put the cards into the post box.

Posting cards into a post-box for iHanna's postcard swop

It has been so exciting to receive cards from other artists.

Posting cards into a post-box for iHanna's postcard swop

These are eight of the ten sent to me. One arrived very quickly indeed. I was excited and put it in a very safe place… And one is yet to come. What riches! I have loved seeing the messages sent artist to artist as well. One of my cards has stitching around the outside and says ‘so she drew new lines’. Intriguing and beautiful.

Another envelope arrived just in time to be included in this post, It came from San Francisco and along with the postcard was a small treasury of other goodies for collage – such fun to receive!

card swop

I will be emailing my arty correspondents of course, but for now I would like to say a big public thank you to the senders of these beauties and a huge thank you to the architect of this scheme, iHanna (contact details are at the end of this post.

Today is the first day of my community art project with East Durham Creates – to see more about this, click here.

To find out more about iHanna go to:

On instagram, look for: iHanna

Thank you for reading my blog. Quilt patterns are here, Fabrics are here, Classes are here.

Published by Amanda Jane Textiles

I am an artist, designer and maker living in Ramsgate, UK

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