Monday, July 13, 2009

Las weekend, I had the good fortune to marry a very retro bride. With a rock-a-billy band for the reception and vintage-ish 50's bridal gown, the event was a refreshing blast from the past. As a thank you, I made a card with very kitschy items--vintage wedding card, photo and rhinestone pendant. I attached musical charms for the couple's love of music. Hope they like it.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy Independence Day

I have become a bit of a stickler about the language around Independence Day. Like some other patriotic holidays—Memorial Day comes to mind—the political significance of the day is often over-shadowed by the celebratory customs that have emerged around it. We aren’t observing the “Fourth of July,” but rather America’s Declaration of Independence. My political science friends remind me of this. The card below is a simple one I designed for the holiday. The background is one of Jasper John’s familiar flag paintings. On it I have mounted a brochure from an early 19th Century county race in our beloved Iowa. Dave B. Hawkins was a Democrat running for re-election. I like the fact that his brochure is stamped with an official union mark….it was printed at a union shop!