Monday, April 16, 2012

6th Annual Blog Swap Announcement: My Body is a Cage

Yes, it´s that time of the year again - time to announce my annual blog swap, and it´s the 6th one already!
If you´re a visitor of my blog for a while, maybe you remember the skinny page titled "My Body is a Cage" that I´ve made for Marsha many months ago. It has been inspired by an Arcade Fire song that had just been covered by Peter Gabriel when I made the collage. I had been immediately drawn to the title, then found the inspiring lyrics online:

My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

I'm standing on a stage
Of fear and self-doubt
It's a hollow play
But they'll clap anyway

I'm living in an age
That calls darkness light
Though my language is dead
Still the shapes fill my head

I'm living in an age
Whose name I don't know
Though the fear keeps me moving
Still my heart beats so slow

You can easily find the rest of the lyrics online if you need more inspiration. The ATCs below are some samples from the past that use cages as body parts. They´ve been stamped and collaged, but for this swap, as always, you can use every technique you want - you can stamp, collage, draw, stitch, or work digitally (if you use at least one tactile element).
You don´t have to illustrate the song lyrics, just use a cage as a body part as you like!

I hope this theme inspires you as it did for me!
Now here are the rules:

Please sign up via personal email (just click on the email me link in the sidebar) and let me know your snail mail address.
There´s no sign up date.

Then send 3 ATCs to my address (that I´ll send you when I answer your email) before June 15.

As always, you´ll find updates on my blog with links to all participants´ ATCs. So when you´ve finished your ATCs, please send me an email with the link to the place where you´ve posted them online, and I´ll add that link to my next update so that everyone can go to your blog or other website to have a look at your artwork.

I´ll send out invitations to all previous blog swap participants, but this swap is open to all my visitors. Have fun!


. said...

I'm IN Marion! Looking forward to it! It's the only time now that I make ATC's!!!
Thanks for the invite.

peggy gatto said...

these are so clever and I love the details!!!
I will email you!!

Tumble Fish Studio said...

Count me in Marion! I JUST ordered some bird cage images this last week and can't wait for them to come so I can play! How serendipitous! Twas meant to be! Thank you for coming up with another delightful theme.

Fiona (anubis 1 ) said...

I'm in Marion. Thank You so much for the invite. Really looking forward to this one.

Laura Haviland said...

Count me in too "Marvelous Marion".
Thank you for the invitation to play.
Great theme,love it..
I will e-mail you.

Muckypup said...

It's been bloomin' ages since I made an atc I'd love to join in! Think I have all your details, but will email you later:-)

Glenda said...

I'm in Marion. I have sent you a private email too.

glitterBugStudios said...

I would LOVE to play Marion! It has been WAY too long since I have swapped and I miss it. this sounds like a great place to start again. Tracey

ute said...

hallöchen liebe Marion,

danke für die einladung, gerne mache ich mit!!!
Freue mich sehr, liebe grüße ute

Martina2801 said...

Ich bin auch dabei:-)
Aber das weißt Du ja schon.

Habe die ATC`s heute schon an Dich versandt!

Wünsche Dir einen schönen 1.Mai!

Otter Blue said...

I would love to join in on this especially since I have some great cages. Unfortunately, since I will be gone the last two weeks in May I don't think I will have time to create the pieces and get them to you by June 15th. I am bummed as I am sure this one will be as great if not greater than your past swaps!
Hugs, Marnie