Cartolina Postale

To create this small collage, I combined some of my favorite items from my antique ephemera collection. I call this piece ‘Cartolina Postale’ – meaning ‘post card’ in Italian –  because I used fragments of old Italian and American post cards as the basis for this small ephemera collage. I really hope you like this arrangement of paper ephemera, and will consider it as an addition to your living space.

 

This piece has been SOLD.

  • Substrate: multi-media artboard
  • Size: 4 x 6 inches
  • Frame: none
  • Matting/Mounting: none

To create this small ephemera collage, I combined some of my favorite items from my antique ephemera collection. I love collecting antique and vintage ephemera to use in my work. To me, each piece of paper, card, or book page is a tiny glimpse into forgotten lives. Who wrote this letter back in the 1920's, and what were they like? The people in this photo from 1909, did they dress like that all the time, or did they want to be remembered in their Sunday best? Ads from 1800's magazines, Valentine greetings from the 1940's, children's drawings and school lessons - all these things are clues to what life was like in the past.

'Cartolina Postale' simply means 'post card' in Italian. I chose this as the title because I used fragments of old Italian and American post cards as the basis for this small ephemera collage. I also included part of a vintage book end page, a piece of decorative paper, and a few other ephemera bits for color. Finally, I glued on an old botanical illustration and a rabbit to give it a sense of life and movement.

I really hope you like this arrangement of paper ephemera, and will consider it as an addition to your living space. It would look great matted and framed, maybe hanging in your kitchen, bedroom, or hallway. Bring a sense of the past into your home!

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