Thursday, April 17, 2014

There is nothing like a Dame.

No, not that dreadful American slang word for a sheila, my friend Carolyn from Victoria is a genuine self anointed Dame, a title she gifted herself tongue in cheek as a comment on our conservative government's recent re-instituting of the honours system!
Political satire aside, it is a time of plenty in Carolyn's garden and her fruit bowl runnneth over with rosy red apples just waiting to be transformed into the yummy things she bakes, boils, preserves and possibly dries! Her recent etegami have celebrated this bounty and I am lucky enough to have one of them.
Along with the card Carolyn sent a bounty of another kind, a cute Japanese envelope, a do it yourself bee (my flowers will love that) and an amazing plywood postcard for me to use.
Thank you Carolyn.

OUR lady of the flowers.

Yes, Yoshiko, she of the delicate touch who can paint roses, that most difficult of flowers, with an amazing deftness such that you can almost smell the fragrance.
Thank you Yoshiko.

Serendipity.

Three wonderful cards from Tohru, a man with many interests including collecting pens, making zip guns, macro photography and the gentle art of etegami! Serendipity was the word that came to mind when I saw a photo Tohru posted of a Fairy Wren, a bird that I had carved a stamp of for a postcard so I immediately sent him my version of that cute little bird and was rewarded with a copy of MY card! Wonderful, and we don't speak more than a few words of each others language.
Included in the cards was aversion of Tohru's famous series on the bitter gourd which serves as a basis for exploration of colour and texture, a kind of Tohru version of Monet's haystacks!
Tohru's Wren.
My stamped version.
 
 
The gourd
Thank you Tohru san.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Thank you Slava.

Slava, whose full moniker (moniker, Australian slang for name) is Svyatoslav, a splendidly Slavic name and he hails from Belarus which is a relatively new nation since 1990 having been put together over the years out of various Principalities, Duchies and latterly Soviet rule. In this politically charged part of the world it is nice to see that he coming of Spring is a simple constant that people can look forward to.
Thank you Slava.
P.S. Please notice my change of address on the Facebook page!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

That's no bull!

Three wonderful etegami from Tohru san, the first, one of his drawings of a bull, inspired by prehistoric cave paintings but made totally his own . His shorthand like style captures the essence of the beast, I had been hoping for one of these for a long time and It finally came along with some delightful skeletal fishes and two grumpy looking Daruma (s).
Thank you Tohru san!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

One cool cat clanging cymbals.

Thank you Masami for the two etegami, the first celebrating Girl's Day (Hinamatsuri) which fell on March 3 this year. Charming little altars are  set up in the homes where there are girls and the dolls representing the Emperor and Empress take pride of place over the other figures around them.
This card is so colourful and done in a true etegami style.
The second card is very cute, a cat playing in a band. Masami is famous for his cat band cards, at one time he called for submissions for the band from fellow etegamists. It was fun to contribute.
This fellow looks so determined that you can almost feel yourself bracing for the clash!

Dostoyevski and more.

Thank you Alison, she who is waiting impatiently for spring after a long cold winter in the USA!
 I am sure she can identify with the author of these words who must surely have seen his fill of long cold winters!