Sunday, August 12, 2018

Asemic Writing Post Card Swap - Postmark by Monday, September 10th

Did you ever play "pretend writing" as a child?  
It was so much fun to scribble nonsense 
without worrying about proper penmanship!  
This swap follows a previous swap Karen Isaacson 
hosted in July 2014, just over four years ago.  
Click here to see the first swap:  

According to Wikipedia:
"Asemic writing is a wordless open semantic form of writing. The word asemic means "having no specific semantic content". With the nonspecificity of asemic writing there comes a vacuum of meaning which is left for the reader to fill in and interpret. All of this is similar to the way one would deduce meaning from an abstract work of art." 

Another definition found online:
 "Asemic writing is wordless writing, illegible writing, with no semantic content. The letters are illegible, invented, or primal. The text has no verbal sense. Through its formatting and structure, it may suggest a type of document, or coded diagram, thereby, hint at meaning. Asemic writing can be understood through aesthetic intuition… through gut feeling.
Asemic writing has been made by poets, writers, painters, calligraphers, children, and scribblers, all around the world. Most people make asemic writing at some time, possibly when testing a new pen." 

by Andrew Clark: http://thenewpostliterate.blogspot.com/2...


A Google search will give inspiration 
as you research examples of this art style.
These two beautiful samples were made
by Yayoi, as she is hosting this swap. 
As you make your art, any background technique is allowed, but please incorporate some Asemic Writing visibly into the overall design.  If you've never tried this, just hold a pen, pencil, marker, etc. over the paper, then rotate your wrist to make your mark(s).  Sometimes writing right-to-left in an effortless manner frees up the creativity.  

Participants may create 1 - 4 pieces to be exchanged with assigned swap partners.  Send your art along with sufficient postage and self-labels to YAYOI at the address below. 

Summary
THEME:  Asemic Writing
MEDIA:  any
TECHNIQUE: any
SIZE PARAMETERS:  6" x 4+1/4"
CHECKLIST:
  • AS MANY SELF-ADDRESS LABELS AS PIECES YOU EXPECT TO RECEIVE BACK
  • SUFFICIENT POSTAGE FOR EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
  • WAXED PAPER, PARCHMENT OR CELLOPHANE BETWEEN EACH PIECE
  • YOUR RETURN ADDRESS ON EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
  • WRITE "MMSA - ASEMIC " on the side you write on anyway, not the on art side
*****ANYTHING LARGER THAN POST CARD SIZE LIMITS WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 50-CENTS LETTER RATE POSTAGE.*****

*****ANYTHING THICKER THAN SEVERAL LAYERS OF INDEX CARD, ANYTHING TOO STIFF TO BEND EASILY, DESIGNS WITH ART EXTENDING OVER THE EDGES, POST CARDS ENCASED IN CELLOPHANE SLEEVES, WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 71-cents  "NON-MACHINABLE" POSTAGE***** 

Put your card(s) in an envelope and 
get them into the mail no later than 
Monday, September 10th
SEND TO:
Yayoi  W.
9712  110th Ave. N.E.
Kirkland, WA   98033

QUESTIONS?  email:  yayois@gmail.com

SAMPLE MAIL ART SWAP POST CARD 
ADDRESS-SIDE TEMPLATE:

SWAPPING GUIDELINES:
  • You may send in as many as four cards unless specified by the swap host.  (You will get back the same number you send, each from a different artist).
  • Your cards will be mailed to your host in an envelope, and your host will mail them as-is to other swappers.  International swappers may request to have them all mailed together in one envelope.
  • If you're sending more than one, please make sure you insert waxed paper, parchment or cellophane between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope, especially if you use glue, paint or sealant.
  • Write “MMSA - ASEMIC " on the back of each card and attach your return address in the UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER in case of postal delivery problems.  Including an email address legibly written would make it easier for your recipient to thank you.
  • LEAVE SPACE FOR THE "ADDRESS TO" LABELS WHICH YOUR SWAP HOST WILL ATTACH
  • Include a mailing label with your name and address for each card you expect to receive back.
    (Your host will attach them to the swapped cards she mails to you)
  •  Please include the proper postage in the envelope or adhere stamps to your postcards (see below for postal guidelines)
  • Postcards made from thicker cardboard (therefore stiff/not easily bendable)  will need nonmachinable postage.  Thank you.
POSTAGE AND CARD SIZE
  • In order to use the postcard rate ($.35) your card cannot be bigger than 6"
     x  4+1/4", and it must be thin and flexible.  A card that is larger, thick, lumpy or doesn't bend, will require more postage. 
  • If your card is an unusual shape (square, round) or is flexible but has some lumpy embellishments it will probably cost you the "nonmachinable" rate of $.71
  • If your card is very thick,  heavy and doesn't bend at all, the post office may consider it a package and you should get it weighed and measured to figure out the proper postage.
INTERNATIONAL SWAPPERS - contact the swap host regarding using PayPal to cover return mailing postage, or make other arrangements.

You can find all the postal specifications (and a handy postage calculator) here:  http://postcalc.usps.gov

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