View Full Version : Art on Darker Side Swap- Due March 25th

02-18-2008, 10:25 PM
Signup /Withdraw date -
Swap Due Date - March 25th
Number of Cards - 3 for 3; 6 for 6
Number of participants - 30

This swap is for
exploring art from a darker side.

This theme developed from a recent discussion on "trends in the art world"
talking about art that was raw, gritty, and full of emotion.

In a recent thread on Art Trends at the site formerly known as ATcards, Altermyworld wrote this:

"I think sometimes we are so busy making something pretty that we forget the raw part of art. I tell some of my art friends who are going through rough times, depression, loss etc that its ok to make art that is not pretty. Some of the most awesome art comes from real thoughts and feelings....More art created in those dark times, i feel i am so busy making pretty art the raw ravage part of me is ignored and i struggle with arting the stuff thats not so pretty. I would like to see more art about the areas in peoples lives that are more personal and maybe that is why it is not seen because it is so personal. Its difficult enough at times to put stuff out there."

Just like the confessional poets, this art puts it all out there. I think about my own work, and I can think of several pieces that I would consider to have this flavor, although none I've shared here.

For this swap, along with the art, you are welcome, although not required, to send a bit of information on the meaning of the piece. In what context was it created? What feelings expressed? Etc.

Swap Details/rules:

1) ALL Participants - please write your real name and userId on the back of all of your cards. Please mail cards in plastic protectors (the flimsy kind is fine).

2) US participants: send a SASE. Please write your userID on the back of your envelope. If you plan on sending a bubble envelope or large envelope instead of a regular-sized envelope, note that shipping rates have changed and you should probably have $1 of postage or so on it.

3) International participants: Please send me an address label. I would appreciate an extra card or some country-specific stamps/empherma since I will be covering your return postage (a little under $1 USD per envelope at our new rates) but this is not necessary. I will have to limit international participants to 20 members b/c of shipping costs.

4) All cards are due IN MY HANDS March 25th. I am going to a conference on April 1st and plan on having these mailed out before I go. Returns will be mailed promptly after the deadline and late cards will be returned to you or, if I have enough, swapped with other late cards. We have lots of time to complete this swap, so please be on time.

5) You are welcome to send one or two sets of cards. If you are sending an extra set of cards, please send extra stamps to cover the increased shipping (58 cents instead of 41 cents).

6) Please PM me for my address when you are ready to ship . I leave feedback for all cards right before I swap them.

-1) Adriayna - Checked in!
-2) howlmoony
-3) Kynara
4) blueskysunburn - here!
-5) rothko- checked in!
-6) scrampersue
-7) Ilah Barnes - here!
-8) Corrie04 - checked in !
-9) Crisbear - checked in!
-10) Artzylady-
-11) Wudwooda
-12) Dina54- checked in
-13) Altermyworld (international) - checked in!
14) Yinepup
-15) Luvloz (tenative; international)- checked in!
16) Mommafreebear
17) Artspirit
18) Kimberly Fish
19) Insanebrainpain
-20) bijaydi - checked in
-21) Terryart
-22) Amyfaerie
-24) ratmom-checked in!
25) stacirobyn
-26) isisjean
-27) missmegm
-28) belaymonkey-checked in!
-29) art4mysanity-checked in!
30) joyflower - WITHDREW
-31) eggstudio checked in!
-32) Cmarois (international)-checked in!
-33) Skeletoncrumbs

02-18-2008, 10:26 PM
Swap participants, please check in here so I know you made it to the new site. Thanks!

02-21-2008, 01:11 AM
My cards were in the mail this morning. I have posted 3 of the 4 cards I sent in my gallery. Apparently I didn't scan the 4th card. :unsure:It's been a bit crazy this week.... Keep one for a hostess gift.

02-21-2008, 01:14 AM
I'm here! And a message just popped up that this post needs to be longer than ten characters, so there ya go.

02-21-2008, 07:32 AM
Thanks for checking in! :)

02-21-2008, 10:12 AM
Just signed in, and looking for all my swaps...

02-21-2008, 10:21 AM
Joyflower, some hosts might not have had a chance to repost them yet; but don't worry, they are around somewhere and will be posted soon!

02-21-2008, 12:42 PM
Hi Dana and everyone! Dana, I sent my cards to you early last week so they should have arrived by now but the list isn't showing that so now I'm worried.

02-21-2008, 01:56 PM
I'm here! Trying to get my profile set up again and find my way around....

02-21-2008, 02:00 PM
Hi I'm here and I sent the card on to you.

02-21-2008, 03:46 PM
I made it!

02-21-2008, 03:49 PM
i'm here also.

02-21-2008, 05:22 PM
Hi Dana and everyone! Dana, I sent my cards to you early last week so they should have arrived by now but the list isn't showing that so now I'm worried.

Yes, they are here; I just haven't had time to update the list b/c I have been putting a website together :P

02-21-2008, 05:23 PM
And ourlist of people who have checked in is update!

02-21-2008, 05:35 PM
I'm here I'm here!! Woohoo! yay for the new site!! :)

02-21-2008, 05:37 PM
*looks down* awww... where's my signature?? LOL!

02-21-2008, 06:01 PM
I don't see it! Welcome :)

02-21-2008, 06:14 PM
hey, everyone! nice to see you all! :D

02-21-2008, 07:33 PM
Busy is an understatement for sure -- I still cannot believe that you guys did all of this in such a short time--again, a world of thanks. Without you guys, I'd still be creating hoards of ATC's that would be sent nowhere, shared with no one and I wouldn't get to enjoy other people's work up close and personal, nor would I be part of a special community of talented and friendly folks.:notworthy:

02-21-2008, 08:55 PM
well, art4mysanity, I think your name says it all. We worked hard because art is very meaningful (and I too would agree, for my sanity!)

02-21-2008, 09:20 PM
I've made it here, and finished my cards! Can you send your address again so I can get them into the mail? Thanks.

02-21-2008, 09:44 PM
Here and accounted for... my cards went out in today's mail.

02-22-2008, 09:00 AM
Yay! Great!

Ilah Barnes
02-22-2008, 10:56 AM
I'm here. I finished my cards. They are ready to mail but the site went down before I could get your address.

02-22-2008, 11:30 AM
Ok! I will PM you now :)

02-22-2008, 11:54 AM
My cards are ready, whenever you get time, send me your addy! Um, please and thank you;)

02-22-2008, 11:59 AM
i'm here... am sending my cards out today :)

02-23-2008, 11:30 AM
Cards are here from Dina54, Eggstudio, and Skeletoncrumbs!

Wow did this swap end up being timely and relevant.

02-24-2008, 12:39 AM
Just checking in.

02-24-2008, 01:53 PM
Hey I made it but can't figure out how to get my cards to post yet. I need address to send the cards. Glad this swap made it.

02-24-2008, 09:10 PM
Im here! sorry for the delay...

02-25-2008, 08:41 PM
Great! Nice to see all of you here!

02-25-2008, 08:46 PM
Rothko and Kynara, your cards are here! Rothko, thank you for the extra card!:)

02-27-2008, 11:19 PM
I'm here, but no where near getting my cards done and sent out...yet... :O

02-27-2008, 11:33 PM
glad to see you, isisjean!

02-28-2008, 08:48 AM
Mine are going in the mail today and they are uploaded to the galery.

02-28-2008, 09:07 AM
Great work, Ang! :)

02-28-2008, 06:10 PM
Dana - I just wanted to check and see if my cards have made it yet. I mailed them a week ago, today.

Here and accounted for... my cards went out in today's mail.

02-28-2008, 08:01 PM
I haven't gotten the mail yet today--still on campus! I'll post when I get back home.

02-29-2008, 05:44 AM
My cards for this swap are in the gallery. I can't figure out how to get the pictures in the thread.

02-29-2008, 09:54 AM
You have to just link to the URL for now :). Nice work!

02-29-2008, 01:45 PM
More cards are here! Art4mysanity - beautiful work. I love these. And thank you for the fun atcsforall.com card!!!!

Ilahbarnes- I love the theme of cut wings. Great!

02-29-2008, 02:45 PM
Hey Dana. I wasn't sure from your post, but I just wanted to make sure you knew that the most recent cards I sent were all for you, including the ATCs for All card. I had previously sent the swap cards out to you several weeks ago. :jiggy:

03-01-2008, 12:45 PM
I'll be sending my cards soon. I had to go and mess with one, and totally ruined it. Good going....

03-01-2008, 11:21 PM
I mailed mine this morning

03-02-2008, 11:16 AM
art4mysanity...oh! Thank you so much! I didn't realize it :). I love the atcs for all and other cards!!!!

Belaymonkey, thanks for letting me know.

03-04-2008, 07:42 PM
Getting excited about seeing the returns on this one the closer the deadline gets!

03-08-2008, 05:49 PM
More dark art is here. All of these cards are so powerful; I am really digging this theme.

Terryart - I love the combination of text and words. Thanks for the extra!
Belaymonkey - awesome digital work. Again, thanks for the extra!
Missmegmatc - Powerful stuff. wow. And you too--thanks for the extra card!
Luvloz- love the texture and meaning. And an extra card from you too! :)

03-14-2008, 12:14 AM
Mine will be postal early next week :)

03-14-2008, 08:39 AM
Thanks Sue! :)

03-17-2008, 03:00 AM
Ok, cards are FINALLY in the mail! Whew!:yes:

03-17-2008, 08:37 AM
Hehe, no problem Ratmom! :)

03-17-2008, 09:20 AM
Mine have not arrived yet? I swear it takes forever to your neck of the woods, i sent goodles of letters at the same time and they have been rec'd. I think the postal system is hell bent to give me an attack.

03-17-2008, 03:07 PM
Here's what I ended up with:wideeyed:

03-17-2008, 10:16 PM
Love those cards, ratmom. I like that they're all different styles.

03-17-2008, 10:22 PM
Loz, yeah, I've been having terrible trouble with my local P.O. Like today. You'd expect me to get a boatload of mail today since its monday--instead there is nothing. In fact, I go and look in, and the mail hadn't arrived at all--my netflix is still sitting in there!

I complain, but each time I do I swear it gets worse!

03-19-2008, 09:58 PM
Finally, mail has arrived, lol.

Altermyworld - I can't read the postmark date, but I know that this envie has certainly taken its sweet time to get here! Thank you for the extra! Great work!

Ratmom - yours arrived promtly. I love them!

Ok! Whose cards are still out there? This swap is due in 6 days!

03-20-2008, 12:06 AM
See everytime i start to get overly nervous it comes, i mailed them feb 28 so it took about 3 weeks. go figure.

03-20-2008, 08:22 AM
3 weeks? That is just insane.

03-20-2008, 10:08 AM
My cards are on their way, should be there today or tomorrow!

03-20-2008, 11:22 AM
that is insane considering i took it to the post office to be weighed and canceled.
yet i sent something to the UK on the 13th and she rec'd it less than a week later.
(shakes head)

03-21-2008, 09:11 AM
Ang, did you get my package yet? I doubt it, lol.

Thanks for letting me know, Wuwooda! :)

03-21-2008, 11:36 AM
No i didn't i'll pm you.

03-21-2008, 06:05 PM
ooooh, glad mine made it on time.;)

03-24-2008, 10:09 PM
More cards are here today!

Wudwooda - Powerful cards. Thanks for sharing and joining :)

Isisjean - yours too. I feel your saddness! Thank you for the goodies too.

Chrisbear - Wow. I'm stunned by these emotions in the cards. Thank you for sharing too--and for the extra card :).

03-25-2008, 09:57 PM
arrrgh....my envelope came back to me, insufficient postage...how'd that happen...it went to the PO and was weighed etc. OH WELL...sending it back out tomorrow...so sorry.

03-25-2008, 09:59 PM
Sue, ok. I hope it gets here in time!

I would really like to swap these out on Friday, as I am leaving for a conference all of next week.

Are there any other envelopes outstanding?

03-27-2008, 11:57 AM
I can't wait to see the returns!

03-27-2008, 05:47 PM
I'm still waiting on one set of cards. Hope they come tomorrow!

03-28-2008, 07:57 PM
you should have rec'd mine by today...they were mailed priority.
thanks, Sue

03-28-2008, 08:00 PM
Yes, they are here! Thank you for the papers and goodies! I'm swapping all the cards out tonight so that I can get them in tomorrow's mail :)

03-28-2008, 09:02 PM
Woohoo! :goofy:

03-28-2008, 09:35 PM
I wanted to let everyone know that the cards are swapped, and they will go out in the mail tomorrow! :)

03-28-2008, 11:21 PM
YEA!!! I knew they would make it, :Dthanks for all your hard work Dana!!

03-31-2008, 05:14 PM
Cards went out on Saturday, so I expect some of you to get them today or tomorrow. I am off to leave Itraders for everyone now!

03-31-2008, 07:56 PM
I received my cards today. I don't have time to leave rep points, but I will later this week. Promise. Thanks everyone. The card were awesome ... in that dark sort of way.

03-31-2008, 08:45 PM
I received cards from skeletoncrumbs, belaymonkey and scrampersue today! Very cool! Thanks! And thanks adriayna for hosting!

03-31-2008, 11:32 PM
I know I still have a week to go until they get here, but I'm so excited! :)

04-01-2008, 03:09 PM
Cool cards recceived today from chrisbear, skeletoncrumbs and belaymonkey. Thanks guys! An dthank you Adriayna for hosting.

04-01-2008, 05:04 PM
Had a very dark place in my mailbox. Great cards Toxic from art4mysanity My mother broke me by crisbear and Beauty Queen from Ratmom these are so much fun to look over. And thanks to Dana for the swap.

04-01-2008, 05:18 PM
wow, dark art in my mailbox today to fit my VERY DARK mood:cry:(don't ask...VERY bad day all around)
Paranoia from art4mysanity made me think and smile!
the next 2 were very creepy and dark, kynara's Psychotic kitty is creepy but made me laugh:unsure:
and thanks also to Meg Murray for Soldier indeed dark!:radar: (can I get your user name so I leave rep, thanks)

big thanks to Dana for hosting this in the middle of all the OTHER stuff:cool:

04-02-2008, 12:22 AM
i got my cards today! really poignant and touching cards from artzylady, altermyworld, and bijaydi. thanks for baring your souls on these cards. i appreciate how *real* you've been with these.

thanks so much to adriayna for hosting this outstanding swap!

04-02-2008, 05:19 AM
Received my returns today...very REAL and moving...thank you for your thoughts and great efforts...isisjean, altermyworld, and Ilah Barnes...excellent work!

04-02-2008, 11:39 AM
Received my returns! Really awesome work:yes:Thanks to eggstudio, amyfaerie, and Dana for cards that are more than asthetically pleasing, they really make you think and feel.
Of course, thanks to Dana for hosting!

04-02-2008, 12:29 PM
question for y'all: would anyone be interested in a second "darker side" swap? (i could host if adriyana doesn't want to take another one on.)

04-02-2008, 01:11 PM
I wanted to leave rep points for everyone but I can't find skeletoncrumbs in the members list. Is he listed under a new user name?

04-02-2008, 01:11 PM
Just received gorgeous, moving cards from missmegm, rothko, and adriayna. Fabulous swap! I'd considering doing it again, or at least something similarly themed.

These were my first swap returns ever! Thank you Adriayna for a fabulous swap!

04-02-2008, 10:30 PM
I received some truly amazing cards today - Baby Born by Altermyworld which made me cry I was so moved by it - bravo Altermyworld! Art is supposed to make you smile, laugh, think AND cry. I also received My friend: PAIN from Scrampersue that was so courageous. Finally, I received Bathory from Eggstudio which is gives the viewer a foreboding feeling. It is full of rich textures and colors. Thank you all. I can say confidently that the cards I received in this swap were more moving than in any other swap I've participated.

04-03-2008, 01:33 AM
I'd go for another one---I have other issues besides pain, LOL:wub:
gee I can go with ADHD, anxiety and now also post-traumatic depression.:twitcy:

04-03-2008, 12:40 PM
Sue, you are too funny! I could go for another of these swaps because the stuff I received back was so amazing, I would love having more of the same.

04-03-2008, 10:27 PM
Rothko, you are welcome to host another one! I have a giant list of stuff I wanted to host, so go for it :)

Glad everyone is so excited!

I haven't seen skeletoncrumbs, unfortunately :(

04-04-2008, 05:47 AM
This first one was a challenge for me, but I'd love to see the work everyone comes up with if another is offered.

04-05-2008, 10:38 AM
I got some really DEEP cards from Rothko, art4mysanity, and terryart. I have tried to leave rep points but can't please know these cards are cherished.

04-07-2008, 09:24 AM
Great! Has everyone received their cards now? I think so, but I wanted to double check. Thank you everyone for participating in this swap.

04-07-2008, 09:55 PM
Ok, nobody else has spoken up so I guess that is a wrap! :)