Saturday, 15 October 2016

Postcards and Art Prints

Those of you who know me (or who have kept an especially close eye on my Instagram) will know that I have a bit of a soft spot for postcards and prints. It all began back in Amsterdam last year, when I spotted a couple of postcards that I liked but didn't necessarily want to send home. It struck me that postcards didn't just need to be things to send to others and that they could be keepsakes in their own rights. This changed everything for me and I began to collect postcards, and postcard sized art prints, from places I visited.

This was the postcard that started it all. I picked it up in the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and it's an image of Otto Frank, stood in the attic of the house where he and his family lived during the second world war. He was the only surviving family member and I found this image particularly arresting.

This was another print I picked up in Amsterdam. I'd seen the image as one of many in the Rijks Museum and when I saw it on this postcard I thought I'd pick it up.

These four postcards are some of my newest editions to my collection. I love how powerful the women are in these pictures and the quotes are just perfect. My favourites are the the top left image (which reads: Stop telling women to smile) and the bottom right (My outfit is not an invitation). I picked these up from Chelsea Market in New York.

This is one of the most unique pieces in my small collection. It is actually made from the wings of butterflies and I picked it up in South Africa. It sounds a little morbid, but none of the butterflies are killed to make this - they are a species that only lives for 48 hours and the wings are preserved after death to make these art pieces.

This is another piece I picked up in New York - if you couldn't have guessed. I actually got this from the artist at Strawberry Fields, which is John Lennon's memorial garden in Central Park, only a few hundred metres from where he was assassinated.

This actually a postcard print but I love it so much that I thought I'd include it. I cut this out from a free newspaper I was handed in London - I knew as soon as I saw it that I wanted it on my wall.

This is the final and most recent edition to my collection. It is by my friend Hazel, who is a very talented young artist. If you love it as much as I do, you can check out her work on Redbubble!

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