|Swap Coordinator:||SharonP (contact)|
|Swap categories:||Nature Artist Trading Card (ATC) Letters & Writing|
|Number of people in swap:||20|
|Last day to signup/drop:||May 11, 2007|
|Date items must be sent by:||June 18, 2007|
|Number of swap partners:||3|
As this is an excellent time of year to go for a walk in either hemisphere (spring up here, fall down there!), I though I'd initiate a swap based on two of my favorite pasttimes: going for walks and picking up interesting junk. And making ATCs. OK, three of my favorites -- walks, junk, and ATCs.
For this swap you will send each of your 3 partners 2 ATCs and a short letter or note (total: 6 ATCs, 3 letters).
The ATCs must be made at least in part from something you scavenged outdoors, either on your walk or at some other time -- a leaf or flower that you have pressed and dried (phone books work well for this), or some litter (we like to call it "found ephemera"), a bit of rusty metal, that sort of thing. The swap photo is from a little deco book in which I asked my friends to do this, and this is one of the pages, done by Kathy Coulter of Minneapolis.
The short letter or note is to tell your partner a little bit about your walk -- what you saw and heard, where you went, if you have a favorite place to walk, etc. So you'll have to leave the iPod at home and actually pay attention to your surroundings!
By "short" letter I mean it doesn't have to fill a page, maybe it's just a paragraph, maybe it's just a few sentences (wait, is that the same thing?). Of course, longer letters are permitted, especially if they're really interesting!
It would be especially nice if your note is written on a notecard you made with some more of the found objects on your walk -- but this is not required. In fact, if you want to type up one letter and print out three copies, that's OK too. I don't want this to be onerous, only fun.
So, since it is customary to reiterate in a summing up sort of way: your 3 partners each get 2 ATCs incorporating found objects and one short letter about a walk you took recently. Fun, right?
OK, now comes the who-can-participate part. How about if, rather than specify a rating, I just say that I will look at all profiles and contact you if I have questions, and if I don't get a reply in a few days, or if I am not satisfied with your explanation, I may drop you. Because I know that sometimes ones are given prematurely and threes are often handed out unreasonably (and sometimes not), I don't want to be rigid about ratings.
After all, if you're greedy for junk that someone else picked up on their walk and can't go out and pick up your own junk, well, you've got bigger problems than your partners who don't receive from you!
Oh, and of course it's international, 'cause that's more fun! (And why would I mention that bit about the southern hemisphere otherwise?)
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