Altered Cigar Box
Artstronauts Club. It's a fantastic gathering of artists and like minded souls. It costs a mere $5.00 a month to join. There is so, so much inspiration on this site. Awesome!!!! Recently Tracy shared one of his first journals and talked about the early history of Zettiology on the club site. Really cool stuff and it reminded of all the swaps I had hosted when I first discovered the art of Teesha and Tracy back in the mid 90's. I became obsessed and couldn't get enough of it.
Inspired by Teesha and
her quilted 'pillow' technique.
As I started to explore the world of mixed media one of the things I did was join as many art groups that I could find that were on line at the time, and in a matter of months had discovered an entire community of like minded artists. These folks were not only sharing their work on line but also hosting swaps of various kinds where they were trading their original art work with each other. I soooooo jumped onto this freight train and for a couple of years I went swap crazy. In doing so I amassed a wonderful collection of artist trading cards, stamps, mini books, tags, and other delightful oddities.
Dangly Thingy Swap
Once I had gotten my feet wet and knew my way around the 'swap' block I began hosting my own and one of my all time favorite swaps was my 'Zettiology' altered cigar box swap.
Each of us had to alter a cigar box Zetti, style and then include a 'Zetti-artifact'; one for each of the players; if memory serves me, I believe there were a dozen or so of us who participated.
These are some of the boxes created in that swap.
A few generous players included an additional box that they had made for me to keep, along side the box that was made to be swapped. The generosity of artists is something I cherish and hold dear.
Each person then mailed their boxes and artifacts to me and I, in turn swapped out the contents of each box and each player received another artist's box filled with 12 different 'artifacts', one from each player. It was one of the coolest and funkiest swaps I ever hosted and I am kind of thinking this would be fun to do again. Swaps are a ton of work and postage back in 2004 was quite a bit cheaper. A large flat rate box was maybe $8.00 or so. Now it would be costlier and not sure if there would be as much interest as there was back then. Everyone was hosting swaps and trading art. It was to say the least, a very generous period in the community of artists who had just begun to discover the world of artist blogs and websites. Facebook and Etsy were still in their infancy.
I have a wonderful collection of artist trading cards and all manner of different things scattered around my studio and I am constantly reminded of the sweet artists who shared them and the fun and enjoyment of trading and sharing art.
Over the next few days I will share each of these creations and their contents. Some of these boxes were not signed by the artists who created them so I will do my best to identify each artist and I apologize when there is no signature on a piece.
(if you happen to be the artist of something you see, please do let me know so I can credit your work)
Altered Zettiolgy themed cigar box
The 'Zettiology' inspired 'artifacts' inside.
My personal favorite.
This was my contribution.
I added a little packet of
'magic' seeds on the back
of each of these.
Left: by Linda Koch.
Center: Artist unknown.
Right: by Dragon Lady.
Left: Artist unknown.
Center: Candy Phillips
Right: Ellen Grandman
Right: Ellen Grandman
Many tiny 'artifact' books.
Secret Life: by Laurie Gatlin.
More to come.