Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday on Instagram

Today on Instagram I'm sharing the postcard collection of Karyn in California. To have a look, you can follow me on Instagram here — or you can just do a quick search under #benevolentpostcardsociety or #bps if you prefer not to follow me directly (it's set up as my personal Instagram account). Hope you enjoy them. Shown here — a real vintage postcard from Selen in Ankara, Turkey and a daring solo balloonist from Jasmin in California.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Today on Instagram

Today on the BPS on Instagram I'm sharing the postcard collection of Jennifer in Alberta. To have a look, you can follow me on Instagram here — or you can just do a quick search under #benevolentpostcardsociety or #bps if you prefer not to follow me directly (it's set up as my personal Instagram account). Hope to see you there!

P.S. Once a member's collection has been featured on Instagram, I'm mailing them straight back home to them again. A little FYI. :)

(photo by me on instagram)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The BPS on Instagram

I'm very excited to tell you about the BPS on Instagram! Every week I'll be sharing the collection of an individual BPS member, so you'll be able to see the amazing variety of postcards we all sent to each other over the duration of the project. Today I'm kicking things off with all the postcards sent to Rachael in California. You can follow me on Instagram here — or you can just do a quick search under #benevolentpostcardsociety or #bps if you prefer not to follow me directly (it's set up as my personal Instagram account). Hope to see you there!

(photo by me on instagram)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Postcard Returns

My sincere apologies for neglecting the BPS blog for so long — work and life have a way of sidelining projects that are done for sheer pleasure alone, and the BPS book is sadly still waiting for me. I have a basket chest of your beautiful postcards still waiting patiently to be scanned, but happily I now have a fantastic new backup drive to store them on and can finally start returning your postcards. If you've moved or have a new email address since we've last been in touch, please drop me a line at benevolentpostcard(at)gmail(dot)com with your new address so I can be sure to get them to you. Thanks as always for your stellar patience — you are all amazing.


(photo via lucy laucht)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

A toast to you! Have a wonderful New Year — may your 2013 be a happy, healthy and peaceful one.

(photo by roland persson)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Beautiful Mailer

Who knew sending letters could be so beautiful? Lovely atmospheric photo by Juergen Teller for Royal Mail in i-D magazine.

(via abundance)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My Solo Show

After several very busy weeks, my solo show at Exposure Gallery (upstairs at Thyme & Again in Ottawa, Ontario Canada) officially opened at the vernissage last Thursday, April 12. Called If You're Afraid of Butter, Use Cream (a quote from the immortal Julia Child) the show has a food theme. Take a virtual tour of the show in today's Atelier post on my automatism blog here.

(artwork by me from my show)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The News So Far

So my brilliant plan to work on the BPS book over the next couple of months has been put on hold — I've been offered a solo show at a local gallery, but turns out the only available time slot is April. This means I'll be frantically getting an entire show ready — with no time for anything else, sadly. I hope to get back to the book in the spring — I will keep you posted on how things progress.

Hope all is well with you all!!


(photo by mikkel rahr mortensen, with styling by gitte kjær)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Language of Stamps

You have to see this lovely and wonderfully illustrated post on the blog Poemas del río Wang on the now-vanished delicate art of stamp placement. Depending on how you placed a stamp on an envelope, it told an informed recipient you sent a kiss, you were thinking of them — or (sadly) that you were not free. Fascinating — and something it would be charming to revive for Valentine's Day, I think.

(untitled painting by Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta {1841-1920} via poemas del río wang)

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

It's a brand new year filled with promise. May your 2012 be filled with peace and happiness (and sweetness, too). And you'll be happy to know that the BPS book is scheduled to kick into high gear this year, too — I'll keep you posted.

(adorable baby white tiger photo by sharon montrose available here)

Old and New

I'm smitten with this vintage postcard design for an iPhone 4 or 4S case — so pretty and practical. Available here from On Your Case on etsy.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Rue Magazine

I am beyond excited to tell you that I'm in the holiday issue of Rue Magazine! You'll find me in the Blogger Side by Side feature on page 28 with fellow blogger Katie Quinn Davies of What Katie Ate, accompanied by gorgeous illustrations by Katie Rodgers! Have a look here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Yule Multi-Artist Exhibition

If you're in Ottawa on December 1, drop by and say hello to me at the Yule Multi-Artist Exhibition vernissage, 6 to 9 pm that evening at the Exposure Gallery, upstairs at Thyme and Again! Check out some great affordable art, sample delicious food and meet the artists, too! Details on the Facebook event page here.

Friday, November 11, 2011

And ...

... a moment of silence for Remembrance Day.

(poppy photo by irving penn via flickr)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Of Books and Deadlines

That sound you hear is the sound of deadlines whooshing by — specifically, the deadline I'd originally set myself for getting the BPS book completed. In an ideal world I would have taken 6 months off, retired to a little cabin by the sea, and spent my days diligently putting together the perfect book. Living in the real world, I've had to try and fit in working on it around my regular paying work (with its own tight deadlines) plus all the other stuff that life brings every day. Which means that though I'd hoped to have it ready for September, the reality is that it's just not going to happen. But it will happen — I promise. Thanks so much for your patience — I really do appreciate it.


(photo via dwellings)