There were a couple pretty cool birthdays this week. My favorite: Eric Carle. I love his illustrations and I feel a special affinity to him because the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is on the campus of my Alma Mater. They have an amazing craft room that has different projects all the time. I think I love it even more than my son. I made that first ICAD as a tribute to Eric Carle, using collage that seemed reminiscent of his work.
The second birthday is of Antoni Gaudi, an amazing architect. The Google-doodle for that day was so cool that it prompted me to look up more of his work. It’s so organic and colorful, and I found the quote that perfectly described his work. I happened to have a background for a card just waiting to be used and this seemed like the perfect way to use it. I made the background while I was experimenting with some pens that I never really liked. I broke some open and blew the ink onto some cards. It was really fun. I used Sharpies to draw a somewhat abstract representation of his kind of architecture on top of the ink blots.
I made a couple boo-boos on this card, though. I added an “o” to the end of his first name name and then, when I was adding the ICAD date and # I was accidentally holding the card upside down. I guess sometimes things are so abstract it’s hard to remember what they actually were to begin with.
This last one was just a day of pure celebration! Yesterday, the Supreme Court found part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional. Not only is this just a really amazing moral victory, but it’s also going to have really positive, concrete benefits for thousands of couples (and couples-to-be) in the US, including my wife and me. There are still other battles to fight, but this is an amazing step. For example, while my marriage is legal in our home state of Massachusetts (the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004), if we were to move to a state where it wasn’t legal, it may not be transferred and we could lose many of the rights and privileges we have.
I knew I wanted to make an ICAD about it (albeit a quick one because I spent most of the night celebrating with my family and friends). I immediately thought of this quote (one of my favorites from our recent visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. exhibit in DC). In researching the specific wording, I found that it was originally attributed to a minster from Massachusetts (not surprising).
I hope these cards are as inspirational for you to see as they were for me to make. Enjoy!