November 3rd, 2016 / posted by paularath
This little fishy is swimming away on a sea of shibori indigo I lovingly dyed in my friend Darius's vat.

This little fishy is swimming away on a sea of shibori indigo I lovingly dyed in my friend Darius’s vat.

My new passion – making art cards – is based on the premise that there are still some people who enjoy buying, writing and sending a card to someone. It’s definitely a different sensation from hitting “send” on your computer.

I chose some traditional Christmas fabrics with vintage trims and embroidery.

I chose some traditional Christmas fabrics with vintage trims and embroidery. Sorry the photo isn’t flattering!

I have been madly sewing vintage fabrics, rare antique Chinese silks, Swiss embroidered trims, hand-dyed ribbons and fabrics, rickrack, handmade lace from the ’30s, fabric I marbled myself and a plethora of other materials. It’s really fun to dive into my stash (literally) and put things together. I only wish my photos were better!

This embroidered Swiss trim is absolutely beautiful. And who can resist a palaka card with Hawaiian language? Make your Mainland friends green with envy!

This embroidered Swiss trim is absolutely beautiful. And who can resist a palaka card with Hawaiian language? Make your Mainland friends green with envy!

Please be aware that I am only doing a few of each card theme – maybe five at the most. I get bored really fast and want to get on with the the next idea.

My collection of vintage Marimkekko is my pride and joy and it lends itself so well to art cards!

My collection of vintage Marimekko is my pride and joy and it lends itself so well to art cards, along with dupioni silk and trims!

Prices for my cards are $6 and $8 each, or four $6-cards for $20 or four $8-cards for $30. The more expensive cards have the embroidery or very special things like the little fish, and require a lot more work and time. So reasonable for an original work of art! I can only accept cash or checks.

Mon Chapeau is the perfect girlfriend card!

“Mon Chapeau” is the perfect girlfriend card!

This antique Chinese silk came from the collection of one of my mother's friends who brought it out of China.

This antique Chinese silk came from the collection of one of my mother’s friends who brought it out of China. An unusual interpretation of a Christmas card.

A lovely way to say "you are my BFF" - literally!

A lovely way to say “you are my BFF” – literally!

One of the cool things about my cards is that, when you open it up, you see the stitching on the inside.

One of the cool things about my cards is that, when you open them up, you see the stitching on the inside.

Please spend a little bit of your weekend visiting me and the other uber-talented artists at our Trunk Show this weekend. Here are the pertinent details:

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And help me keep the faith that, yes indeed, there are people for whom hitting “Send It” isn’t satisfying enough. They still enjoy buying, writing and sending cards – or at least giving cards as gifts!

– Paula Rath

 

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Helen Golding
November 12th, 2016 at 3:56 pm

I love your cards Paula. I agree, receiving a card in the mail is much more personal. I’m having a painting of one of my Santas printed as Christmas cards. Send me your address and I’ll send you one.
Helen

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