More vevé paintings

Vevé wooden spoons
I painted a few vevés onto wooden spoons last year for a group exhibition. You find vevés drawn in powdered pigments (flour, gunpowder, ochres) on the streets of Haiti…they represent a loa (or lwa…spirits or gods of Haitian vodou) and are used in rituals. I really enjoyed adding colour and texture to these—normally monochromatic—designs; but the wooden spoon format proved a bit unpopular.

So I always meant to do them again, featuring a greater variety of the sigils, on canvas. Another group show coming up in August of this year, Tropical Gothic, has given me the opportunity to do this.

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I’m also learning to shoot time-lapse videos, with my phone wedged into a can filled with short pencils (thank you, Linda Joy, for this punk-rock DIY solution!) so bear with me.

Launched: The Haitian Armada

Haitian Armada...outgoing mail

At last! Some outgoing mail! This is hopelessly late, thanks in part to a cyclone, but also because…guess who’s back in Australia?! So happy, and so busy, catching up on the 16 months we were apart, that I haven’t been able to do anything else!

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A letter about a year on an island, and living by the sea. The Haitian vevé of a ship, rubber linoprint with hand colouring, gold and white inks, artistamps, and a wax seal (not shown…coming on the reverse, when I seal these babies up) adorn the envelopes.
Haitian Armada
You can still start your subscription to my monthly letters of art, calligraphy, postal porn, and stories, with this one…please visit my Etsy shop for more details.

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UntitledA quick rubber stamp, carved from Soft Cut printing blocks…this ship is a vevé—a religious symbol commonly used in different branches of voodoo throughout the African diaspora—from Haiti.

I first tested the stamp on random pages of an old sketchbook…

Untitledthen tried it out using gold acrylic paint…

UntitledFinally, I stamped it on a black envelope.

I figured that if I was going to mess up a perfectly good envelope with test prints, I may as well go the whole hog and make a postal event out of it.

All ready to enclose a letter to my Beloved…

I’ve overdone this one, but he’ll love it. It will be waiting for him at the DB yacht club when he gets back to Australia. Also, it has helped me finalize my ideas for March’s envelopes; I like the idea of the address in a strip down the middle, flanked by art and stamps.


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