fedex…

…it took me a couple of days to handwrite everything that i needed to print, but couldn’t…but, it’s all done…mystery built and fate sealed…the cards and tray, plus accoutrements are boxed, addressed, and ready to walk out this door. i checked the local fedex website and they open tomorrow morning at 11 am. i will be out the door, package in hand at 10:45 am. 

…tomorrow morning, i let the cards fall where they may and pass them on to their intended owner. all i can say is that i’m sorry!!

let the cards fall where they may l
let the cards fall where they may ll

please know…

…that when something is important…

…when it means so much to me…

…each and every detail…

…every letter, every word…

…the texture of the paper…

…the color of the ink…

…the reflection of the foil…

…every line of corny text…

…every directionally, conflicting nuance…

…every image chosen…

…has a very special plan and purpose…

…meaning something of great importance…

…individually and as a group…

…i chose the static structures…

…i let the fluid elements be guided by fate…

…static and fluid joined together in something personal and unique…

…made for only one person…

…for only her they’ll work…

…each idea and every thought…

…from the awful, messed-up printing…

…to the kitschy, americana flair…

…and as i’m looking at them now…

…i see an unintentional, but welcome aspect…

…perhaps it was divine providence or maybe lady luck…

…but, the cards and tray, turned out with a vegas splash of flash…

…like maybe elvis or liberace conspired right along with me…

…i’ve never taken as long or expended as much thought…

…in any other gift that i’ve made anyone…

…i’m sorry, but i remembered something…

…right before they began their journey…

…i will get it done, later on today…

…and only after that, i’ll send them on their way…

…please know that you made a difference and an impact in my life…

…maybe someday you’ll give me another reading…

…using these very intuitive cards…

…until that time comes, please enjoy your list…

…have those bold adventures…

…soak up and revel in the beauty…

…that is our pacific northwest…

box (part two)…

okay so, i’m debating whether to make a lid and make this a true box…or, leaving it as a card tray. 

also, this is an altered art project. i’m taking what i already have and altering the content to fit my purpose. 

i know that all of the cards and the card tray are not pretty, but they’re not supposed to be…this isn’t a “pretty project.”

so, if “pretty” is your thing, please look at my landscape photos of wa, mt, nv, and ia…on instagram @sprockets111. 

these were meant to be like a list of places that this big girl loved going to on vacation. i write like a child. i am a child at heart.

so, the cards have a old-timey, mysterious feel…coupled with an americana-roadside-attraction-kitschy feel.

box building 101
make a lid and make it a box or leave it as a tray

it’s time to…

…say, “goodbye.” i am constructing a storage ” box to keep the cards in and keeping it in the same “vein,” as the deck.

i wasn’t able to make scans of the whole project. the photos that i took will suffice. all of the images and info are on my blog.

i made a few animations of the finished deck, including jokers. i’m not yet sure whether i will photograph the box.

The Pacific Northwest roadmap to beauty and adventure part one of a full deck of playing/fortune telling cards for my friend for her birthday.

The Pacific Northwest roadmap to beauty and adventure part two of a full deck of playing/fortune telling cards for my friend for her birthday.
The Pacific Northwest roadmap to beauty and adventure part three of a full deck of playing/fortune telling cards for my friend for her birthday.

how it all stacks up…

…i am adding a few photos that i forgot to post yesterday and i was going to talk about two other points regarding the cards. 

i am working on scanning everything. it is a long process. i will probably be able to post later today, or tomorrow. the scans capture the cards color and vibrance.

there is one card that alters the pattern. it’s not incredibly obvious, but it’s findable. that’s a special card, because it alters what is or what’s supposed to be. 

the text is placed facing left, while the horizontal images face right, and the vertical images face forward. i made the choice to have text and images opposing. 

if a “picture is worth a thousand words,” the viewer creates their own narrative when they view the image, however wrapped up in that…

…is the subtext. the artist’s conscious or unconscious statement, feelings, or message about the image. in this case, there are only 4 intentional, silly messages.

the rest of the text was chosen at random, from a pile and put on the card next to it. i didn’t create the images, so i couldn’t possibly know the photographer’s intent.

i will post the scans, as soon as i am done. the scanner is in r*****d’s room and r*****d is taking a nap. he said, “wake me up when there’s food,” upon his exit.

and, there you have it…

finished stacks: clubs, spades, diamonds, hearts, and jokers.
finished stacks ll: clubs, spades, diamonds, hearts, and jokers.
finally finished with flat hair.
the glasses help, to keep me awake.

home..is where my hearts are…

…it’s true!!

everything that i love is in the pacific northwest…all of the natural wonders and beautiful physical places that i placed on the clubs and the spades…and, all of the activities,  adventures,  and experiences that i placed on the diamonds and hearts. 

it’s interesting to see which activities, adventures, and experiences ended up on which suit…diamonds or hearts. because some of the things that i hold closest to my heart and remember fondly, ended up on the hearts.

i really enjoyed working on this project! the subject matter is pretty special to me…home. i don’t know if my friend will ever see her birthday “list,” but it’s hers now, if she wants it 🦄. it’s six days late, but hey, happy cinco de mayo.

it’s imperfect like me. it looks like a child made it, as perhaps a gift for mother’s day. my workmanship and penmanship, while not the best, contribute a feeling of childlike wonder and appreciation for all things pnw, as well as gratitude for friendship.

tomorrow, i will scan everything and post crisp, clear images…then, i will post them. tonight, i’m going to explore options for packaging and see if i can shuffle the deck. happy belated birthday!! may you enjoy many good years and experiences in the pnw…

here’s how the hearts randomly became roadmaps to adventure:

a – go whale watching in the puget sound/the fox no. 11

k – attend the mount vernon tulip festival/the hand in hand no. 24

q – sandboard on the oregon dunes/the ring no. 23

j – tour the tillamook cheese factory/the book no. 22

10 – go to portland saturday market/the bouquet no. 7

9 – mine for thundereggs and agates at richardson’s rock ranch/the ship no. 16

8 – sea kayak the san juan islands/the cat no. 36

7 – tour the aplet/cotlet factory/the storm no. 21

6 – spend the night at the newport aquarium/the house no. 3

5 – go horseback riding on ocean shores/the moon no. 2

4 – float down the deschutes river/the fish no. 17

3 – search for floats in lincoln city/the sun no. 1

2 – enjoy high tea at the empress hotel on victoria island/the gentleman no. 19

tea at the empress hotel – before
tea at the empress hotel – after
search for floats – before
search for floats – after
float the deschutes – before
float the deschutes – after
horseback riding on ocean shores – before
horseback riding on ocean shores – after
overnight at the newport aquarium – before
overnight at the newport aquarium – after
tour the aplet/cotlet factory – before
tour the aplet/cotlet factory – after
sea kayak the san juan islands – before
sea kayak the san juan islands – after
mine for thundereggs and agates – before
mine for thundereggs and agates – after
go to portland saturday market – before
go to portland saturday market – after
tour the tillamook cheese factory – before
tour the tillamook cheese factory – after
sandboard the oregon dunes – before
sandboard the oregon dunes – after
mount vernon tulip festival – before
mount vernon tulip festival – after
go whale watching – before
go whale watching – after