Tuesday, October 27, 2009

etegami collages

I've been going a little bit crazy over collages lately, thanks to being stimulated by the works of Western mail artists, who tend to be very collagic (? well, you know what I mean). My versions are always a combination of pictures and words, which technically qualifies them as Etegami. But I wasn't certain enough of this interpretation to introduce the collages on this blog. Then, the other day, I stumbled onto a blog about etegami made with fabric fragments. It was one more in a series of eye-opening encounters for me. You'll have to see these for yourself. The blog, called Ponpoko's Etegami, is in Japanese, but I think you will be able to see the images. Click here. The pictures are formed with bits of cloth and yarn. Sometimes, the artist writes the accompanying words by ink brush, and other times she forms them from yarn or fabric. If these delightful postcards can be called etegami, then my collages certainly can. If any readers of this blog are more comfortable working with fabric than with ink brushes and paints, you won't find me resisting that approach anymore. Just don't forget the element of words. The image I posted here is a collage of photos pasted onto a background made from the kind of hand-dyed wispy washi used in the art of chigiri-e, which I've mentioned in previous posts.


  1. I love that you used Hos. 2:18. It's often overlooked for the covenant with people. Beautiful, btw. <3

  2. So maybe a "picture letter" is any postcard-size art that can be mailed as is.

  3. Linda, an etegami MUST have words accompanying the artwork. The words are a crucial element. Otherwise it's not etegami. Etegami done as a hobby is traditionally postcard-sized, but "General Kuribayashi's Etegami," which I blogged about in August was actually done on Japanese-style letter stationary.