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MPU: In Your Head

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MPU: In Your Head
Swap Coordinator:stephiedee (contact)
Swap categories: Mail Art 
Number of people in swap:8
Location:Regional - USA
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:March 23, 2017
Date items must be sent by:April 10, 2017
Number of swap partners:1

Phrenology is a bit of quackery from the olden days that claimed that certain personality traits and skills corresponded to the shape of the cranium and parts of the brain. Though it was discredited as scientific theory by 1840, phrenology charts remain as an interesting artistic artifact from the period.

For this swap, make a postcard featuring your own phrenology chart depicting things that are important to you - interests, quirks, habits or any other "special" traits of yours. Favorite foods, fandoms, color obsessions, fears, celebrity crushes, bad habits...whatever makes up you & your mind.

You can make your postcard using any medium. Print out a phrenology chart and collage or draw images in the spaces, digitally edit the phrenology chart and then print the image and apply to sturdy stock or even draw your phrenology chart from scratch and fill it in. Get creative and share your style along with what makes you tick.

Here are some examples of artists' phrenology charts...

by Louise Lockhart

by Monica McClain

by Tim Robinson

Your personal phrenology chart needs to have at least 10 sectors. Most charts I've found online are composed of 30+ sectors, but for our purposes, 10 is enough. Of course you can go whole-hog and do 30+ if you want.

Here are some phrenology charts ready to alter/print:

--Option 1
--Option 2
--Option 3

Feel free to search online and find a chart style that suits you. There are a lot more than what I've linked.

Send your personal phrenology chart postcard naked, stamped and written on. If anything is left unclear, please let me know!


oblivionspin 03/10/2017 #

This is such a great swap idea. So great, in fact, that I forgive you for making this song pop into my head where it's going to be stuck for the next millennia.

stephiedee 03/11/2017 #

Thanks! I'm glad I finally had the focus to work out the details...it's a swap I've been wanting to do for a long time.

oblivionspin 03/11/2017 #

omg I had so much fun making mine and I think it turned out awesome. I think you worked the details out perfectly for a swap :D what a fun excursion for the day.

Watsonc7 03/14/2017 #

Yours is awesome oblivionspin!! Also, I'm going to be rando-laughing for at least the next week over "unapologetic nipples"

oblivionspin 03/15/2017 #

@Watsonc7 thanks! and oh boy, there is a little context to that. One day I received a letter where the person apologized in advance in case they offended me with an anecdote while the next envelope I opened contained an art book of nipple impressions with a "made me think of you!" note. I thought, gosh, I better broadcast to the people who might not know that this is what I need more of, "not easily offended" wasn't explicit enough, apparently. x)

Angie 03/24/2017 #

I like this dog phrenology chart. I should have put nap in three times too! Canine phrenology

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