What is it? The quick answer is you make a small postcard sized (approximately 4" x 6") piece of artwork and send it out into the world and have one sent to you, as well.
The rules: Or, maybe think of them as courtesies, or how this actually works.
Decide you want top sign up, and email me your full name and mailing address. Sign up by January 8, 2015. Artwork must be postmarked by January 31, 2015.
Do not sign up if you are not going to send a piece of art out. Really. This will bring about tons of bad karma for you. And it really is sad for the person on the other end who sent something out and didn't get something in return. I do not like getting those emails and then have to track down who failed to follow through.
Make a piece of art! Any media, any theme, but it must be handmade, by you, for this event. Photography/digital work is fine as long as it's your work. A postcard from your last show is not okay. A piece of art you made five years ago is not okay. Again, about the size of a postcard. It does not have to be an actual postcard, just that size. This should be easy, and not costly, to mail. You can put it in an envelope, or not. But please think about how it will arrive to your assigned artist. You want this piece of work to represent you well. By all means load up the back of the card with all your contact information. The person you send your card to will not be the same person who sends you a card. You will be connecting with two different artists, and hopefully through the follow up blogs and social media, you will be able to connect to even more artists.
Before you mail it out: take a pic and email it to me. And take a good picture. I'm not going to edit it for you. Whatever you send me is what's going to get put out on the interwebs. Please put your name on the jpg file for me. When you email me that, also send a link to wherever you want me to direct people: your website, etsy, blog, facebook, etc. You can also post it to whatever social media you are on. Please use the hashtag #postcardswap. And if you can tag me, I'll reshare it. There will be a google open gallery post, too. Additional info can be added in there, like process, inspiration, etc. I will put together several blog posts following up with pictures of your art and a link to your website (or wherever). I cannot post your artwork and links if you don't send them to me. That may seem kind of obvious, but half of the artists participating last time didn't bother, so please remember to do it!
Let me know you want to be a part of this swap! Know someone else who may want to join us, invite them! The more the merrier!
The photos in this blog post are from postcardswap #3. If you click on the #postcardswap label at the end of this post, it will take you through to all the previous posts and you can check out all the great artists who have taken part in the last three swaps.