I contacted artist 18 because I liked a print she did, it made me laugh out loud when I saw it and then after she agreed to donate it to the project I got worried that it might be too racy for some, I emailed and rudely (well in a nice way) asked for an alternate. I didn't hear back. I thought I blew it for you all. Stuck my foot in my mouth...again...Then I go this email from artist 18 Reba Rakstad:
hey sorry Tristan,
i've been a little m.i.a from the internet. i got hit by a semi truck a week ago. it's not as bad as it sounds...
Is it wrong that this made me laugh? I loved how nonchalant Reba was about being hit by a semi truck--A SEMI TRUCK! The moral of this tale? Don't assume (you know make an 'ass' out of 'u' and 'me), the person you emailed or called is not contacting you because you suck and they hate you but because just maybe they got hit by a semi truck or something....
Reba is kindly donating five of her hand letterpressed (is that redundant?) postcards for the project. Any of them would be perfectly suitable for framing or pinning to your bulletin board or taping to the inside of your locker...
my name is rebecca ann rakstad but you can call me reba rar rar.
i began letterpress printing in 2004 under the wings of Audrey Niffenegger at the columbia college chicago center for book and paper arts. after one day of hanging out with type, i realized that i had found my true love! one of my first printing projects was a postcard and since then i have printed over 100 different postcards!
i have a bfa from the school of the art institute of chicago and a mfa from columbia college chicago in book and paper art
i'd eventually like to kick my side job and hangout with a bunch of type all day. i am still working out of the wonderful studio at columbia college and hope to one day find a press and a permanent location to house it. fyi... letterpress is heavy stuff!
Via Reba: My question in honor of my run in with a semi....
What has hit you?
it doesn't have to be something horrible, maybe someone hit you with a
marshmallow during a food fight or maybe you were hit with a feeling or
a sudden urge
OR via Miss B.
Have you ever had a near death experience that when repeated sounded almost hilarious?
We will announce the winner next Thursday, 02.26.09. I would like to raise my mug to Miss Reba for being hit by a semi, surviving and STILL being able to look on the bright side....Thank you Miss Reba! Thank you to the following for mentioning the project, again I urge you to do so as well because I want these artists to get as much exposure as potentially possible, they rule (and so do you for the mention..)
Thanks to Laura at Quirkolgy!