This photo note card shows the Poston Memorial Monument located on the Colorado River Indian Tribe. This monument marks the site of the Poston War Relocation Center where 17,867 Americans of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated during World War Two. Fourth World Design will donate part of this card's purchase to the Poston Community Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and outreach. You can learn more about this important organization at www.postonpreservation.org
I've recently re-found a roll of wallpaper that my Cherokee grandmother had used to cover her walls for her home deep in the woods of north-east Oklahoma. This printed wallpaper is marked "U.W.D.C of N.A., Union Made". I have found examples in the Brooklyn Museum that state that they were created in the first quarter of the 20th century. My grandmother made quilts and baskets for sale, and my grandfather trained dogs for cattle and hunting. If she had visitors to her home they were family members, yet she saved enough money to purchase rolls of this wallpaper to cover her two room wooden house her husband built. I remembered this wall paper and was fascinated by a reflective glow the paper gave from the oil lamps at night. The paper has reflective colors printed on the paper. I hope to create a piece of artwork based on this wallpaper to honor my grandmother, who even in the woods of Oklahoma, she still wanted a nice decorated home.
We want to wish every one a promising new year. At Fourth World Design we are looking forward to putting the finishing touches onto projects we first started in 2017, and began new projects and artwork we are looking forward to starting. A quick reminder that we offer shipping on all our items at $4.00 dollars per order. So no matter how many items you place in your "shopping cart" at check out the whole order will be charged only $4.00 dollars. (U.S. orders only)
A year long project that I wanted to do is making a art card for each day for this year. I am using Artist Trading Cards (ATC). ATCs are inspired by Swiss artist M. Vanci Stirnemann who created thousands of small art cards for a show and then invited others to create their own and trade with him. Today, artist trading cards are a "official" art form (with rules). THE RULES: cards measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches. If you trade with others, they are ATC. If you sell them, they are Art Card Editions or Originals (end of rules). Creating art cards is a enjoyable project. I found as I made these cards that they are a great way to try out designs and sketches that I would not try a full image of to roughly see how they would "look" in color and layout. I also made larger images and then cut them into ATC size to view the image in sections. I will post more cards on the blog soon.