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Post’d: a card for a patisserie (with a Sailor fountain pen)

“She has excellent taste” said someone else

Darling wife making a special hand-delivered postcard to friends to just opened an adorable France-inspired patisserie here in Okayama / includes ink stamps & 1¥ postage, written with #daveo50 Sailor brand fountain pen from Hiroshima.

PS Sailor brand presented special fountain pens to delegates attending the G7 whoop-de-do in Hiroshima last May.

“Japan’s Gifts to G7 Leaders at Hiroshima Summit, Sailor Pen “Iro-Miyabi” 21K Fountain Pen”

Mine is not same but is personalized & engraved.

The bakery, brand new, opened at 11 AM, we were there five minutes before & waited – the curtains opened and lights switched on exactly at 11, we entered, greeted our friend and within five minutes, there were eight other customers with straw baskets & tongs (provided) choosing amongst the lovely items.

The showcases looked straight out of a back laneway in Paris, my wife bought several items, and also gifted them a bottle of French wine, vintage 2023 to commemorate their opening.

The husband/baker came out the side door to give us at least 12 bows in thanks for coming by and offering support.

I wanted to take snapshots of everything but instead, found a wonderful wooden chair and took in this scene – indexing all of it in my poetry mind – and, snapped a picture of my shoe to remember I was there.

While this is the worst possible photos you could take of such an elegant situation, I did not want to violate patrons shopping experience, privacy and/or vibe yet commemorative the experience with a sloppy photo of a shoe socks and trousers to remind myself I was there and unlock the poetry gathered at the time

Post’d: long road to India and Metchosin wormhole

Dropped a letter in the mail on the way home from our unexpected seaside journey.

First one going out with my new ink stamp + Taisho-era artist Yumeji Takahisa washi tape.

Ahoy the okayama <> metchosin wormhole

Next: this story worked out really interesting… Dropped a postcard to India last year September, 2022 and finally found its recipient >> then the recipient tracked down the sender (me obv) via a social media channel (guess he didn’t realize that my name was also in the postcard fine print”credit” for the painting of an Indian train station) anyhow, embeds tell the story

Evidence: forged passport (on Pender)

A lazy day on pender, decoding myths, excavating legends

Ephemera, snapshots, stamps of all kinds, snippets of poetry, forgotten claim checks, former “safe house” addresses, secret compartments and whatnot all conspire to create a passport – with decoder book not included (consider Lamb’s edition of Shakespeare, without the poetry)

Everything is significant, coincidence is futile

Post’d: “the present is an unfinished…”

sometimes words aren’t needed, just stamps (postal & inky) and strategic bits of washi tape

“The present is an (un)finished #postcard… ergo: added a few more decorations before finally went into the box (created while holding my sleeping toddler in lap at a coffee shop)

This one went off to Vancouver to be delivered to someone who is sitting next to me at the time at gloss coffee shop and gallery.

Accompanied in the mail drop (i arrived at the postbox just as the pick-up was happening like some kind of fortuitous timing) along with a few to mutual friends and one to our own house (yes I do that frequently for ¥70 of thrills).

Dossier: meet Rasika, postcard artist in Sri Lanka (also ink stamp and videos)

in bed, making postcards with tea in Sri Lanka

While in Sri Lanka for extended Ayurveda treatment, and later rambling a bit, I met an earnest young artist named Rasika specializing in postcards, diligently hand-painted and reflecting visual motifs of his culturally unique homeland.

a variety of Rasika’s handmade postcards

I, unsurprisingly, purchased many many postcards from him and struck up a friendship. He would come to my villa to work on paintings and I would sometimes visit him at his stand at the market in historic Fort Galle.

I mailed many of his postcards around the world so hope his spirit lives on refrigerators and in shoeboxes and scrapbooks as well as in hearts.

Rasika’s card (along one from Stick no Bills) on a fridge in Utah

I purchased him a special ink stamp as a token of friendship and he also help me acquire a return address stamp.

Continue reading Dossier: meet Rasika, postcard artist in Sri Lanka (also ink stamp and videos)

Post’d: New Years “nengajyo” in process

Bought all of the 70¥ stamps the post office had – every single one.

Took off the jacket and scarf and sat for a while putting on inky stamps and postal stamps and dropped first batch into the wormhole.

Each card receives seven+ special touches yet it doesn’t seem like *near enough* to express my appreciation for my friends and correspondents.

In brief: #Spoilers

Front side a photo made by an Insta film camera and decorated with dymo labels, scanned and printed – Each one a little bit different with colour distressing #punkrock.

Reverse features an original freeverse poem with various touchpoints and hallmarks from the year & intentions ahead.

A hand applied “postcard“ signification (black ink), and air mail stamp (blue ink), a tiger stamp to commemorate the year ahead (red ink).

Hand addressed with my own “quasi-calligraphy (midnight blue ink)

Glued on 70 ¥ stamp with classic Japan vibes design.

Mildly obsessive? Yeah, definitely but I want each one to be better and better.

Up’d the total count to around 150 pieces so I hope you get one, I’m trying my hardest, I really really am – Rough couple of days after a few really good weeks, so it goes so it rolls #mecfs

Grateful for Post offices, correspondence, and you.

Items, assembled: friendly cards (featuring typewriters)

These ain’t cards for business, these are strictly pleasure for those i meet and/or call upon. It’s a club, or a confederation of associated renegades of sorts.

This batch are printed on water colour paper via inkjet, hand cut (lovingly) and inky stamped (stamps assorted).

The photos featured include: making cards, writing letters and postcards, materials used for making such – including watercolours, typewriters, postcards, scissors, pens, stamps and stationery. It’s all very recursive – or #meta – so to speak.

Items, assembled: friendly cards, insta-snaps, inky stamps

Cards, assorted: handmade "friendship cards", printed on watercolour paper with inky stamped backs
Cards, assorted: handmade “friendship cards”, printed on watercolour paper with inky stamped backs

Cards, assorted: detail of inky stamped backs of "friendly cards"
Cards, assorted: detail of inky stamped backs of “friendly cards”

Cards: Insta-snaps, printed to share with pals as mementos
Cards: Insta-snaps, printed to share with pals as mementos

Cards, assorted: Moo cards, spread out so pals can choose
Cards, assorted: Moo cards, spread out so pals can choose

Items, assembled: Stationery + household (stapler, clipboard, pencils/case, etc.)

Assembled: stapler, pencils, clipboard, envelopes, pouches, etc. – all critical-ish tools for a crafty-ish poet.

Items: stationery, stapler (small, greenish) and staples (appropriately sized)
Items: stationery, stapler (small, greenish) and staples (appropriately sized)

Items: stationery, pencils (various colours) and eraser (2, black)
Items: stationery, pencils (various colours) and eraser (2, black)

Items: stationery, pencil case (brown with cat eating fish / zipper)
Items: stationery, pencil case (brown with cat eating fish / zipper)

Continue reading Items, assembled: Stationery + household (stapler, clipboard, pencils/case, etc.)

Items, assembled: Stationery (notebooks, typewriter ribbon, stamps, clips etc)

Assembled: notebooks, typewriter ribbon, paperclips, ink stamps, etc. – all critical-ish tools for a crafty-ish poet.

Items: stationery, typewriter ribbon (Swallow, made in England, red tin)
Items: stationery, typewriter ribbon (Swallow, made in England, red tin)

Items: stationery, paper clips ("Atom", brown box, trigonal contents - with rubber band)
Items: stationery, paper clips (“Atom”, brown box, trigonal contents – with rubber band)

Items: stationery, notebook (orange with clasp)
Items: stationery, notebook (orange with clasp)

Continue reading Items, assembled: Stationery (notebooks, typewriter ribbon, stamps, clips etc)