When I read on the Veryberryhandmade blog that Ali was hosting another ATC swap, I was keen to take part again.
To recap, an ATC, or Artist Trading Card, is a mini work of art made onto sturdy card 2.5″x3.5″. Originally hand drawn or painted, ATCs were never sold but were swapped with other artists. Their original aim was to enable people to collect small works by artists which they would otherwise not be able to afford. Ours, of course, are textile based ones.
The theme, this time, is ‘getting away from it all’. Wouldn’t that be lovely?
The posting date is this coming week. True to form, after thinking I had weeks to produce my card, inspiration didn’t hit me until last week when I finally got down to mine.
Ali notified me that the recipient of my card lives in London so at least I didn’t have to worry about the time for overseas postage.
I’m looking forward to receiving mine to add to my very small but growing collection.
These are the two I have received to date
And these are the two I previously made for past VeryBerryHandmade ATC swaps
And so to my latest mini creation.
It has been along time since I have done any hand embroidery but I have all the tools and threads.
To me, you me ‘getting away from it all’ conjures up blue seas and blue skies and hot sun.
So this is what I tried to recreate using tiny french knots on a piece of leftover denim
I love how it goes with my ‘lose ends’ plate which sits on my kitchen worktop magically collecting hair grips and bobbles, pins, cotton, paperclips, keys and the like.
There is a Very Berry ATC swap group on Flickr, where you can see photos of cards made for this and previous swaps.
This time, mine will be on time!
Love, Lucie xx