It was with complete lack of prescience that I opened two envelopes that dropped onto my doormat, this morning. They were both from overseas, but I receive letters and mail art of all kinds, every day, so I had no reason to believe that these particular envelopes held anything of especial significance (beyond the usual happiness at receiving interesting mail). So to say I was somewhat excited when I opened the first envelope to discover the completed face of Friends & Faux Postcard #1 is something of an understatement! It has travelled from the UK to Australia, back to the UK, to the U.S.A. to Argentina and finally home, with wonderful artistamps added at every step of the journey. The back of the postcard is almost as interesting, with the over-labelled addresses, plus postage stamps and postmarks from the various countries it has visited en route:I was thrilled enough at the prospect of documenting the return of Postcard #1, but my happy mail day did not end there – oh no! Upon opening the second envelope, in a state of equal unawareness as I had the first, I was amazed to see the return home of a second Friends & Faux postcard, this time #8! How curious/coincidental that I should receive them both on the same day, later in the same week that I had posted my first update on the project. Both cards must, of course, have been mailed before my update post which just intensifies the level of happy coincidence.
I was even more surprised by the return of Postcard #8 than #1, as I had received no updates on its progress whatsoever, since it left my hands. I know it first travelled to the U.S.A. and returned home via Australia, but where did it stop off, in between? Here I acknowledge the failure in my postcard design –
I have spaces for names and dates, but not locations (or means of contact). D’oh! So if you are reading this & happen to know the locations of Kit Gonzales-Moore, ASKA, T-Lea or Pete Spence, please do drop me a line to let me know, so that I can update the Postcard Log accordingly.
But regardless of my shortcomings in logging the in-transit progress of these postcards, I am very grateful to all who contributed to them en route! Thank you for your creative additions and for keeping the cards moving. 🙂 I really didn’t expect any of the cards to make it home so soon, so I am super-pleased with this result, and now even more eagerly awaiting the return of more.
There is currently no deadline on joining the Friends & Faux project, so if you would like your very own postcard to add your very own artistamp, please get in touch, and I will set the wheels in motion. I’m so excited about this project now! Can you tell? 😀