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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

GREETINGS AND GESTURES CREATED IN PARIS

G is for greeting and gestures. The Afro Jazz from A to Z Challenge is geared up for another glorious installment.  Today, it's all about Afro Jazz Greeting Cards.  Every time I produce a batch of handmade greeting cards they sell out before the ink is dry.  I love making these time intensive cards!  

A row of four handmade mixed media Afro Jazz Greeting Cards.


The face is made from a stamp I carved by hand.  Each hairstyle is cut from the African fabric I told you about earlier.  The first full production was manufactured in Paris, France last year during the 31AT31 Bonjour Blog Tour.  A whole corner of the hotel room was made into a makeshift assembly line.  After a full day of sightseeing, I would make a few cards to add to the growing collection.  Each card is a mini original mixed media piece with no duplications.

I remember boarding the plane with a stack of cards in my carryon luggage praying for zero turbulence on the flight back home.  I was just so excited about my first attempt at Afro Jazz Greeting Cards.

The inside is blank, although my original sketches (which I've seemed to have misplaced) contain little phrases of familiar greetings from thank you to get well.  Ultimately, I'd figured the end-user would have a better idea of what greeting was most appropriate.  
Due to the amount of time these handmade pieces take, I am highly considering transitioning to printed cards.  What do you think of the card below?


I love receiving cards with a handwritten note or letter in the mail from friends and family.  I might just use these cards to kick-off a vintage pen-pal style letter writing campaign.  Wouldn't that be something?!  The world could only benefit from such an old school gesture.

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