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Serial Collages

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Serial Collages
Swap Coordinator:carmen (contact)
Swap categories: Challenges  Art  Postcards 
Number of people in swap:10
Last day to signup/drop:January 20, 2008
Date items must be sent by:February 10, 2008
Number of swap partners:1

Please read the instructions carefully. If you aren't 100% sure you can complete this, then please, don't sign up. No newbies. There are plenty of easy noob swaps. This is international, plan accordingly. If this does not make sense to you, please don't sign up. This is not about responding to your partner, it will be about saying something of your own. The turn-around will be quick, so you should get your pieces done before the deadline. 4.85+


Artists often find that it is good practice to conceive of art pieces in a series. Working with many bits allows the artist to develop ideas, take tangents, revisit and add footnotes. It also is very marketable as gallery owners can buy into/market a series instead of many individual one-offs.

1) Chose a theme. It could be something simple like a color or a repeated shape, or even a collage element that is used in each postie. This is an important step because you will need to write about it later. Spend some time with this, you will not regret it. If you chose something abstract or complex then this step is even more critical. Map out where you want to go and if you don't arrive there at the end, it will be a part of your process.

2) Prepare five blank postcards. They should be a consistent size so the recipient can hang them on a wall and make a cohesive display. If you use different sizes it should be because you want to promote your theme, and not because you are lazy.

3) I have designed this primarily with collage in mind, but you may add paint and drawing, as long as it is consistent with your theme. Please avoid mass-produced tchotchkes or embellishments. I am not interested in what brand of collage supplies you use, if it looks like another artist did it, then its not appropriate for this swap. No scrapbook supplies, no store bought elements. Use your creativity, find your own voice, open your eyes. Make sure you sign the front. A light coat of acrylic varnish is a wonderful finish.

4) Mail them to your partner separately. The message area doesn't have to contain anything except a note with the number and which swap it is. If you want to make them double sided, you may.

5) Ultimate Letter. This will contain your artist's statement and should be written after you finish the final postie. Tell you partner about your original idea, what your process was like and how the final product differed from your idea (if it did). Also talk about what you'd like to do next or different. This should not be academic, don't worry about sounding smart, think of it as something you'd like to remember for yourself and balance that with making it readable to a third person.

The posted deadline is the date when everything should be in the mail-- 5 postcards and a letter.

If you'd like to talk about your process, and show your results on your blog, feel free to post the URL to the discussion.

Swappers with a rating of at least 4.85 and at least 5 rated swaps (not counting email swaps) are welcome. I reserve the right to ban swappers at my own discretion.

:: I am not going to angel this swap ::


CARROLL 11/21/2007 #

Wow Carmen,

This is the most Challenge-y Challenge swap ever. I think my mind is starting to bubble up right now....I think you should count postcard swaps as part of the minimum 5 ratings, since some of us mailartists do nothing but PC swaps.


carmen 11/21/2007 #

Oooh, yes, I'll delete that.

sararenee 11/21/2007 #

Hmmm... Just because I'm new doesn't mean that I can't wrap my mind around your challenge. I've been creating for years and joined this site to be challenged, not to look for easy "noob" swaps.

Good luck with your swap and I hope you have more like this challenge in the future.


carmen 12/ 3/2007 #

hey Sararenee,

thanks for stopping by. There will be more interesting swaps in the future, and nothing is stopping you from hosting your own. :)


carmen 12/19/2007 #

I"m done. Here's my blog post http://327market.blogspot.com/2007/12/serialcollage.html

Kessie 12/26/2007 #

I'm really excited about this swap but have a few quick questions:

Can the theme be absolutely anything - e.g. could it be a subject like say, a place or a person?

Is part of the swap requirement that the postcards are sent 'naked' or do we have the option of sending them inside, say, a padded envelope (I'd like to know before | start as it will effect what types of collage elements I feel I can include)

It says they need to be sent seperately... can the 5 postcards all be sent on the same day or are they supposed to arrive in some sort of sequence?

Why is the letter 'penultimate'? Is there soemthing else afterwards?

Sorry if they seem dumb questions... I promise I am the type of person who reads and follows swap instructions, that's why I want to be sure I understand it right!

carmen 12/27/2007 #

Hey Kessie,

Thanks for your intelligent questions. :)

1) Theme is wide open. However you interpret it, is fine.

2) I had originally wanted these sent naked, but it really isn't that big a deal, so go ahead and put them in envies if you need to.

3) I thought it would be cool if they came on different days, but since I have already made all of mine, I am seeing how nice and easy it would be to send them on the same day, so, yes! send 'em on the same day if you want, but before the deadline.

4) Did I really say "penultimate"? Whoops, I meant "ultimate" (it just sounds so cool. :P ) which you can send the day you mail your posties.

Alisa 12/29/2007 #

I'm very excited about this swap! Thanks for hosting, Carmen.

ladydy5 01/18/2008 #

Holy Cow! Too much to even think about and I love collages. Maybe next time.

indygirl 01/19/2008 #

Carmen, You inspired me with the pictures of your finished posties.I loved them:0) Almost have mine complete! I hadn't done collage in a while, this was fun. Thanks for hosting! - Indygirl

carmen 01/19/2008 #

Hey everyone! thanks for participating! I am looking forward to seeing what you all make!

FarStarr 01/30/2008 #

One and Two have left the nest...I'll post to Flickr once they've had time to travel.

CARROLL 02/ 1/2008 #

Hey! I uploaded my series, but I forgot to down-size the file first. Sorry for the giant picture...

indygirl 02/ 8/2008 #

I uploaded to the "gallery" the series you sent to me FarStarr! Thanks again!

FarStarr 02/ 9/2008 #

Thanks Indy, your letter went out today!

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