Artzona is a three-day event for face-to-face ATC (aka artist trading card) making and swapping. I heard about it over on the ATCsForAll forum. ATCs are little 2.5" x 3.5" works of art that are traded between artists. (there's a different acronym for cards that are for sale: ACEO, which stands for art card editions and originals). I joined ATCsForAll a little over a year ago because I hoped the themed challenges would help get me back to drawing regularly. And ... they did! But building a huge stockpile of cards to trade at Artzona has helped even more. I couldn't worry too much about what to draw -- I just needed to draw. And I did. And it got easier, and I got better.
Now -- to go give it all away! Well, except for this baby hippo card, which my husband claimed. He suggested several of the animals I drew, including the hippo, so I guess he earned it. If you want to see all the cards I'm taking to Artzona (minus baby hippo), they are here.
|For Artzona! (Not.)|
Hearts are another trading theme at Artzona. They're palm-sized ... well, they're heart shaped objects, made out of whatever medium strikes your fancy. I decided to sew mine, and then added some beads. (Look, there is sewing in this post!) The fabrics I used are leftover from other projects, and also from a bag of cool vintage fabric scraps that my Aunt Dora gave me eons ago. I was glad to finally have a project that could use some of the beautiful but very small pieces.
|Sure, art saves lives ... too bad we can't agree on what art is exactly ...|
Finally, some folks bring "signature cards" to Artzona. I've never seen one, but I gather they're like artist business cards, that represent the artist: their style, likes/dislikes, and other details of interest. Often they're mass-printed, but also personalized in some way to make them unique. I was toiling away at my ATCs, so I decided to just get Moo cards printed in lieu of signature cards, using some of the photos I've taken over the years. This was actually super easy to do, and I think the result is really cool. I'll probably try out other Moo wares at some point. (Like the stickers ... ooooo custom stickers!)
|The snazzy crown hides my personal details ... because teh Internetz haz a-holes.|
So ... Artzona ... I'm ready!