In April I sent out a series of cards featuring snow geese. Some of the recipients asked how I made them. Each card in the series is different, but with common elements. The card is Canson-mi-tientes paper which has been enhanced with watercolor crayon and over-written in white colored pencil with text from a poem by Carolyn Forche. The snow geese are hand-drawn, and then painted with acrylic paint.The envelopes feature a collage created with scraps of mulberry and other papers, plus a vintage stamp. This is the poem segment that inspired me and is found on the reverse of the cards. The card below was sent to Pascal Coupechoux in France.
"At the moment when the snow geese lifted, thousands at once
after days of crying in the wetlands
At once they lifted in a single ascent, acres of wind in their wingbones
Wetlands of morning light in their lift
Moving as one over the continent, as a white front, one in their radiance,
in their crying, a cloud of desire..."
By Carolyn Forche
Selection from: The Recording Angel in the Best American Poetry, 1991.
Mark Strand, Editor
New York: Macmillan Publishing Company