Vintage London Valentine’s Day Card

 

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I made this little card from a vintage postcard of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London (c1970) and some letters I cut from old magazines and junk mail.

It is very eco-friendly and totally unique.

It comes with a sewn upcycled envelope.

I have listed it in the ‘Valentine’ section of my shop, but it could be used for other occasions.

The card is the actual postcard, and the letters are actually cut from magazines. I have not made a single card and then printed it fifty times. I do not print stuff. I use stuff that someone else has printed and then discarded. This card is a one-off.

The letters are attached to a summer leaflet from The National Portrait Gallery.

The ‘V’ is cut from the below article in Completely London, Issue 16. The ‘O’ came from the same magazine and was part of an illustration by Harry Malt/ Debut Art.

All of my work is individually numbered, this is 617.

It is a Colourmaster International postcard, Photo Precision Limited, St. Ives, Huntingdon.

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Vintage Ambleside Valentine Card

 

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I put this little card in my shop yesterday morning, and it sold the same day.

It is now on its way to Sharon in Las Vegas. Thank you, Sharon.

I made it from a vintage postcard of Ambleside (c1970) and some letters I cut from old magazines and junk mail.

Once again, I used the Grayson Perry and Mall Galleries leaflets. The ‘V’ came from a John Lewis brochure, and I think the ‘You’ is from a mattress advert.

It is a Colourmaster International postcard, Photo Precision Limited, St. Ives, Huntingdon.

If you haven’t been to Ambleside, you are missing a treat. It is very picturesque. Although, I reckon I haven’t been there for about twenty years. I hope it hasn’t changed much.

There was a detention camp at Ambleside. Kurt Schwitters, one of my favourite artists, lived there after moving to England to escape the Nazis. In 1948, he was granted British citizenship. He died the following day. He was buried at St. Mary’s Church in Ambleside, until 1970, when he was reburied in Hanover. The stone remains as a memorial at Ambleside, though. Don’t know if you saw his exhibion in 2013, it was brilliant. I am proud to say it was at Tate Britain, and not Tate Modern. Quite right.

All of my work is individually numbered, this is 618.

Have a great weekend,

Alison x

 

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Thank You

 

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Thank you Jenni, Francoise, Leah, Peter, Janet, Jenny, Lucy, Georgina, Alison, Claudia, Siobhan, Sally, Richard, Carol, Caroline, Diane, Nicky, Claire, Suzanne, Tina, Maureen, Cath and Jane.

If you are one of the 23 people who bought my stuff in 2014, thank you. You are small in number, but you keep coming back, and I feel I know you all personally. Not only do you part with your hard-earned cash, such an ego boost, you support me social-media-wise, also. Some of you even post me things which you think I might be able to use in my work. I just want to show my appreciation.

Those of you who bought from me in 2013, know that last year I sent out some complimentary Christmas postcards, made from the previous year’s wrapping paper and some cereal boxes. I intended to do the same this year, but life got in the way.

On Wednesday, I sent each of you a card, which could be used for Valentine’s Day, or not, whatever you want.

Most of you will be receiving one of the cards below. Four of you will get Monopoly cards. I didn’t quite have enough of the ones below.

As usual, the packaging has been sewn from old magazines.

Hope you like them,

Alison x

P.S. Don’t let this stop you entering my current giveaway!

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Vintage Cockermouth Valentine’s Day Card

 

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My fourth hand-sewn Valentine’s Day Card.

Made from a Sanderson and Dixon Postcard (c1970) of Cockermouth High Street.

Boots doesn’t look to have changed too much, but look at HMV next door.

The letters were cut from junk mail and then attached to a leaflet from the Portrait Gallery in London.

It was listed in my shop about ten minutes ago.

Oh, and don’t forget I’m having a Valentine Giveaway at the moment, both here and on my Facebook Page.

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Vintage York Valentine Card

 

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The third card of the year, and my favourite.

Depicting Micklegate Bar in the lovely city of York, c1970.

The postcard was produced by Bamforth Publishers, Holmfirth, Yorkshire. Bamforth’s are better known for those saucy, ooh-err-missus postcards. I doubt I shall ever find myself revamping one of those, but you never know.

As with the other two cards, it is hand-stitched and completely unique.

I put it into the ‘Valentine’ section of my shop yesterday, but it could be used for lots of occasions.

Alison x

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The 'L' is cut from this article in Completely London, Issue16.

The ‘L’ is cut from this article in Completely London, Issue 16.

 

The 'V' came from here, same magazine as above.

The ‘V’ came from here, same magazine as above.

Hyde Park Corner Valentine Card

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I have been making these little punkish cards for a few years now, but have never been completely satisfied with the end result.

Each time I make a new one I learn something new.

I am finally happy.

They need to be hand sewn, not machine stitched in a fraction of the time and without the bloody finger. You have heard me ramble on before about my failed I-must-learn-to-use-a-thimble attempts. I have been sewing, both by machine and by hand, for as long as I can remember. My mam was a fantastic seamstress, as was my grandmother. The skin on my ‘thimble finger’ is noticeably tougher than my other fingers. Over the years I have evolved my own natural thimble, but it is still inadequate, especially compared to a lump of metal.

Anyway, I digress, back to the card.

It is made from a postcard of Hyde Park Corner, c1970.

To the left, you can see the building most likely to feature in a pub quiz, Number One London.

Marble Arch is there, too. Designed by Nash to stand at the entrance of Buckingham Palace, but now plonked in the middle of a traffic island.

And, thanks to Juliet via Instagram, I know that the tall building is the Hilton, luxury and elegance in the heart of Mayfair! However, if I had read the back of the card properly, I would have known this already.

It is a J Arthur Dixon (18 June 1897 – 19 May 1958) postcard. Dixon, a photographer from Yorkshire, bought a small printing business on the Isle of Wight when he was 29. In 1955 he printed nearly 30 million postcards.

Letters, cut from junk mail and old magazines, are attached to a summer leaflet from The National Portrait Gallery. The painting on the cover is Virginia Woolf by her sister, Vanessa Bell. This will make sense when you see the picture below.

It is in my shop.

Have a great weekend,

Alison x

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