Friday, May 21, 2010

Can you make an Artist's Trading Card?

Today I would like to honor an wonderful artist called Beth from a community I am attached to called Milliande.Art Community. I have been touched by her request and I hope I can help her in her goal.

Beth has been registered legally blind for many years and as her sight is decreasing she wishes to have one piece of her artwork traveling into as many countries on this Earth as possible .. a kind of legacy of her ability to see.

You know how I obsess about the flags on my map @_@, well, I would like to ask a special favour of all my visitors, ESPECIALLY those who live in countries outside of the UK and USA (I think there are many of us already participating although every state is wished for, so still participate!), if they would consider making an Artist Trading Card (ATC) to trade with Beth. I have been blessed with many visitors from all over the globe and I would love you to connect with me to do this together.

ATC's are artworks that are just 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" in size and made for trading with other artists. Their small size makes them quick and easy to make and you simply drop them in the mail to make your connection with an artist elsewhere. If you need more info on how to make one let me know.

**********************Here is Beth's request, I really hope that you will consider making an ATC to trade with her.**********************

As some of you know I am legally blind and will eventually go completely blind. There is no way to know when that will happen but I have had a decrease in vision over the last couple of years and am down to 1% of vison remaining.

So in light of that I have set myself a goal. Before the lights go out and I can no longer do my art, my lifes pleasure, I would like to have a little piece of my artwork all around the globe. I'm hoping to have at least one ATC in every continent of the globe to raise awareness about blindness. I need your help in reaching this goal.

Join me please by sending me an ATC card and your address (including the country please) and let me know you wish to have one of my cards and I will dilengently work to send you and or a friend an ATC with a description of my condition.

There is no deadline for this swap. If you would like to send me something like a bit of artsy stuff to help me keep creating, rather than an ATC card that would be awesome, but not required. All that I ask is that when you receive your ATC that you notify me that you've received it so that I can add your country and city to my list.

I appreciate all participation as this is a really important goal for me. The more countries the better my list.
Who knows? I've been asked if I would write a book about my goal and I may just do it if I reach it.
Thank you for your help. I look forward to getting the ball rolling.

I am also including the 50 states of the United States as well. So if you are in the US please add your name and address to the list.

Please send ATC cards or artsy notions to:

Beth Meador
2328 NW 46th St
Lawton, Oklahoma 73505 USA

I hope you can help me to help Beth!
Thank you!

As a thank you, I am offering this photo (Pink Flower) below free of copyright to anyone that wishes to download it. Please remember to reference my name if you publish it.

Pink Flower, 2010 by Carole-Ann Ricketts

1 comment:

  1. Beth’s story helped and inspired me today.
    I had an overdue pick-up of a couple of pieces of work from an exhibition and I drove in to get them this morning. I have an eye condition that flares up suddenly and sometimes driving is out of the question. I had asked someone if they could help me pick the pictures up, but had been knocked back (apparently they don't do deliveries), so I was feeling a bit stressed going in to get them and somewhat cranky.
    There was a graduation ceremony taking place at the college and the traffic was a bit crazy, but I picked up the pictures in the end and headed back to the car. My eyes became aggravated by the dust being blown about and left me stuck in the parking lot with the pictures for about 30 minutes unable to see. Feeling frustrated and annoyed, I was close to smashing the pictures.
    Having nothing to do but sit there until the pain passed, I focused on Beth having to deal with a lifetime ahead never being able to see and never being able to make art again. As sickly sweet as it sounds, I have to say it struck a chord and put things into perspective. At least I don’t have a life left in darkness and my eye disease still allows me to make art.
    Once I could see again, I headed to my car but stopped a random graduate on the way to give them the photograph from my exhibition. I spend too much time thinking about the negative things, so I wanted to make a positive. She seemed really shocked and pleased and it really turned my day around.