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OCT - NOV: Flat Avatar Round 3

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OCT - NOV: Flat Avatar Round 3
Group:Zines, mail art & other cool stuff
Swap Coordinator:rngstgstll (contact)
Swap categories: Challenges  Letters & Writing  Mail Art 
Number of people in swap:4
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:October 3, 2014
Date items must be sent by:November 7, 2014
Number of swap partners:1

Flat Avatars: Why limit ourselves to one personality?

If this is your first round in this "Flat Stanley" style swap:

So ... you imagine yourself to be a punk rock teapot (see image), a ninja in a Fiat, a book that writes itself, a green unicorn with a daisy crown, an alien with a passion for snacking on Citroen- flavored marmalade, or a lobster who just wants to tour the great museums of Europe. Draw, paint, Photoshop, collage or otherwise create your Flat Avatar. Give your Flat Avatar a name. Give your Flat Avatar a short backstory. Send your Flat Avatar to your swap partner in an envelope. Make sure to include a description of your Flat Avatar, an inventory of Flat Avatar's belongings, and Flat Avatar's home address (your home address) on the backstory card/ paper -- it will help Flat Avatar to pack and find its way home. Eventually. Doesn't have to be a big envelope. Standard size envelope will do for a standard Flat Avatar and Flat Avatar backstory. Other accessories, toothbrush and Teddy Bear optional.

If you received a Flat Avatar in the previous round:

Create a short adventure/ story/ poem/ fashion shoot/ car show/ flea market/ cheese tasting/ audience with the Queen/ political rally/ trip to the moon/ movie/ etc for the Flat Avatar! Include a brief note/ zine/ a souvenir or two to help Flat Avatar remember your time together. Update the Flat Avatar list of accessories (or make one if it was missed last round) -- include your username next to added accessories/ items so your partner knows what to rate you on -- then mail Flat Avatar and any accompanying materials on to the next recipient.

Eventually, Flat Avatar will want to come home from exhausting international tour and will call you collect. Then you can ask for current avatar host to kick Flat Avatar off the couch and send Flat Avatar back. If Flat Avatar has not been behaving Flat Avatar's self, then you may need to offer postage to cover the cost of all that Citroen-flavored marmalade and reupholstery of the flat couch, which now smells like diesel and anchovies, for some strange reason. But we hope that will not be necessary and assume that Flat Avatar mostly behaves, right? I will set up a tracking thread for Flat Avatars in the ZMACS forum

Sounds like fun? I hope so! Have great ratings, join in, have fun, go crazy, and know that I will do my best to angel if necessary. Although you may end up with Tina Turner buzzing through hyperspace on a Lambretta while eating tofu spring rolls with her pet Betta balanced in your lap if I am forced to angel. It is completely possible.

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rngstgstll 09/18/2014 #

Can't believe that punk rock teapot is not in production!

snout 09/20/2014 #

Love this idea!

rngstgstll 10/ 4/2014 #

Partners assigned -- have fun!

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