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For my 1st brief of the 3rd year I have been exploring the ideas of using ‘Postcrossing’ and the postcards I receive in my concepts and designs. I also wanted to expand my skills and knowledge of making boxes and hinges as I had not previously spent much time on this and also continue my exploration of  image transfer.
This is the start of my making for the brooch ‘First Lessons in Penmanship’ I created which was inspired by a postcard I received from a girl in Taiwan who is learning to write cursive (which is joined up handwriting). I found it fascinating that being such a lover and obsessor of beautiful handwriting another person from another culture was only just beginning to learn. Still a bit rough around the edges but this brooch enabled me to use both my improved technical skills and combine my ideas and concepts.

Postcrossing – LOVE postcards!!



My last postcard sent!


I found Postcrossing about a month ago through my research into postcards for my jewellery. It’s a wonderful way of communicating with people from all over world and gives excitement to opening your postbox without the thought of it only being bills bills bills!! You sign up, then are given an address to send to worldwide. So far I’ve sent to Germany, Russia and the Netherlands and recently received from Taiwan. I am hoping to collect postcards which have an individual touch, message and snippets of the senders personality. Developing ideas to create these cards into jewellery which reflects the sender but currently a work in progress.