I'm a member of some fabulous mail art groups on swapbot and I made this one for a swap hosted in the group Handmade Postcards Club. There are several themed swaps hosted where you have to use the mentioned element in the handmade postcard and this required a map of some sort.
I created a collage work of materials I keep in my "paper junk box".
The background I used is a vintage map of a dutch city and I added border strips from a page of an old Atlas. The city imagery is from left over from older postage stamps. On the right I placed an image of a woman in the section where the postage stamp used to be. And on the left I placed an image of another woman. I added a few other vintage looking elements to it and stamped the word "desire" under the man's face. And then used some pearl/metallic rub ons in pink and red on the edges and faded out towards the middle.
I wanted to portrait the dutch saying "in ieder stadje een ander schatje" which in english means, "in every town another honey" and I think the imagery came together nicely.
If you want to have mail art prompts to inspire you to create something different, consider joining some of the great mail art groups on swap bot. Besides the handmade postcards club these groups are definitely worth checking out:
You have to have a profile on Swap Bot and with some groups there are some extra requirements to join in. This sometimes may seem like a hurdle to join the group, but it does ensure a safer swapping environment. If you have any questions about joining swap bot, check out the New User page and the Frequently Asked questions. Also as an International Ambassador of the site, feel free to contact me via PM on swapbot, or comment on this blogpost if you need any further help.
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