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A Girl And A Lost Art

Nov 5 '13

Hey guys!

My major work has been marked and sent back.
I’m really glad I’ve got it back, after working on it for so long it was hard to send it away.

Unfortunately, it being sent back now means it wasn’t selected for ARTEXPRESS (an annual exhibition showcasing some of the HSC Major Works from that year) but I’m not too bothered by that.

I haven’t received my marks for this, and I won’t until the rest of the HSC is finished and all the marks are sent out.
This is usually around mid-late December.

I’ll keep you guys updated on that, just wanted to let you know it’s back and it’s all in one piece! (:

(Note: the letters in the bundle are all the ones that gave a return address, I’m going to reply to them all)
Aug 31 '13

theartofletterwriting:

As of 3pm this afternoon my major work is officially finished! 

I’m submitting it as a Collection of Works in four pieces - the box, and then the three mounts, two of which are letters that my teacher and I picked out from the ones sent to me, and the last being a summary of the project and the concept. 

Over the next week all the artworks from my class are going to be packaged and sent off to Homebush in Sydney where they’ll be marked. I believe my marks will come back when I get the rest of my results for the HSC, which isn’t for another few months or so.

When my artwork comes back i’m going to sort through the letters and pick out every letter that included a return address and i’m going to spend the majority of my Christmas break after I finish school (for good!) replying to your letters. Please know that I am extremely thankful to each and every one of you for contributing to my major work, your letters are the reason this works and I am so grateful that you took the time to write them for me.

So what now?

Well this project has actually taught me something about writing, sending, and receiving letters - and that’s that I love it. 
I’m going to keep my PO box open for anyone who would like a penpal. I’ve never had a penpal before but I would really love to try it. 
Feel free to send me a message either on this blog, my main blog handpickedhappiness, or you can email me at melissajaneswann@gmail.com.

The address for the PO box is still 
PO BOX 312
Kingswood 2747
NSW, Australia.

Thank you all again so much, i’m really glad I decided to do this. 
I’ll be sure to update you guys with my marks for this artwork as soon as I get them.

A million times thank you
- Melissa

Aug 26 '13

As of 3pm this afternoon my major work is officially finished! 

I’m submitting it as a Collection of Works in four pieces - the box, and then the three mounts, two of which are letters that my teacher and I picked out from the ones sent to me, and the last being a summary of the project and the concept. 

Over the next week all the artworks from my class are going to be packaged and sent off to Homebush in Sydney where they’ll be marked. I believe my marks will come back when I get the rest of my results for the HSC, which isn’t for another few months or so.

When my artwork comes back i’m going to sort through the letters and pick out every letter that included a return address and i’m going to spend the majority of my Christmas break after I finish school (for good!) replying to your letters. Please know that I am extremely thankful to each and every one of you for contributing to my major work, your letters are the reason this works and I am so grateful that you took the time to write them for me.

So what now?

Well this project has actually taught me something about writing, sending, and receiving letters - and that’s that I love it. 
I’m going to keep my PO box open for anyone who would like a penpal. I’ve never had a penpal before but I would really love to try it. 
Feel free to send me a message either on this blog, my main blog handpickedhappiness, or you can email me at melissajaneswann@gmail.com.

The address for the PO box is still 
PO BOX 312
Kingswood 2747
NSW, Australia.

Thank you all again so much, i’m really glad I decided to do this. 
I’ll be sure to update you guys with my marks for this artwork as soon as I get them.

A million times thank you
- Melissa

Aug 23 '13

theartofletterwriting:

handpickedhappiness:

Sorry these have been such a long time coming guys, I’ve been really swamped with trial exams the last two weeks and other majors being due.

I’ve put a nice silk looking lining in the box, all that’s left is to attach the hinges, handles, and chains to hold the lid open.

We’re in the home stretch! The final touches are going on over the next few days and then I submit this on Monday. If your letter is already in the post it might arrive in time, if you’re in Australia you might still have time to send one in. I’ll check the PO box right up until Monday morning before I submit that afternoon.

I’ll grab some more pictures of the entire piece (with the two letters I’ve mounted for presentation) on Monday before we send it off for marking.
This had been a really interesting project to undertake and I’m really glad I chose to do this. It’ll be a while before my marks come back but ill definitely let you all know how the HSC markers liked it and what my mark was!

I accidentally posted this to my main blog. Whoops.

Anyway, here are the pictures!

Aug 10 '13

Anonymous asked:

will you update us with a picture of the project soon? You said that you framed the two letters of your choosing?

Sure thing! 

I’ve got trials coming up this week but between a couple of exams i’ll grab a couple photos for you guys.

Aug 10 '13

Anonymous asked:

How are you being marked in this project if the bulk of the project is letters created by other people? (not a criticism, just curious - love the idea just don't know how it works as an assignment haha)

Valid question actually. 

Luckily for me you can get through Visual Arts without any actual/traditional artistic talent. As in, I can pass this class without having to paint or draw a single thing. Which is great! Because I couldn’t paint or draw to save my life. 

For a major work, concept is just as important as talent. My teacher was telling us once that a student a few years ago submitted a blank canvas with a name plaque that said something (I can’t remember exactly what) about how the audience was to imagine whatever they wanted to artwork to be. 
A lot of people would think, well, how is that art? It’s just a blank canvas, he didn’t do anything. But thankfully HSC markers know what concept is and know how to spot it - and this student had a really strong concept and I think he was nominated for Art Express. 

But, like I said, this is a perfectly valid question. A lot of people have asked me what my Major Work is and then given me that odd look. The one that says ‘Well…that’s not really art, is it?’ 

A lot of my mark is riding on concept - and that’s perfectly okay. Our teacher told us over and over that a beautiful painting can only get high marks for execution. Brilliant brush strokes aren’t going to create a concept for you. 
Luckily for me there’s more to art than being able to paint.  

Aug 3 '13
Another update!

The box has been stained and its looking lovely. The hinges, handles, chains and latches are going on soon. 
The two letters I’m choosing to display have been mounted 

We’re up to 60+ letters and 30 or so post cards. There’s a little under a month left before all this needs to be submitted so if you want to send a letter there’s still time!

Thanks again guys (:

Another update!

The box has been stained and its looking lovely. The hinges, handles, chains and latches are going on soon.
The two letters I’m choosing to display have been mounted

We’re up to 60+ letters and 30 or so post cards. There’s a little under a month left before all this needs to be submitted so if you want to send a letter there’s still time!

Thanks again guys (:

Jun 25 '13

Another Update!

This project is due in just over two months from now, so if you’ve been putting off writing a letter - now is the time to do it!

Some people have been wondering what i’m actually doing with the letters, well, my teacher and I discussed it and decided to present them in a memory/treasure box sort of way. I’ve gotten hold of a really nice, wooden box (originally a wine crate) and i’ve sanded off the logos. At the moment it looks like this

I’ve ordered some very nice, olden/vintage looking handles and hinges, along with some chain to attach the lid to the box and prop it up when it’s opened, and a latch to keep it all closed.
Those will be going on as soon as i’ve stained the wood to make it a nice, darker brown.

The inside of the box is going to be filled partially with foam (to prop up the letters as the box is quite deep, and as you can see I don’t have enough letters to completely fill the box) and then lined with a silky looking material or perhaps even velvet - just something to give that effect of a box filled with precious things, something you would keep special things in, a little like a jewellery box. Inside this box goes the letters and postcards you’ve all sent me.

Along with the box i’ll be presenting a summarised version of the outline of this project, along with two of my favourite letters from the project all framed nicely.

I’ll be sure to take plenty of pictures and post them as I get to work making the box look nice and old. But please please please send a letter if you haven’t already (or even if you already have, you can send another if you like!) and pass this on to your friends, family, co-workers, teachers, students, anyone really.

We’re almost done with this project and it’s been such an amazing experience to get so many letters from all over the world. I am so glad I chose to do this for my major work and I am so grateful for the support of every single one of you.

May 2 '13
Hello! I just wanted to post this to update everyone who is following along on this project of mine. 
First of all I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has sent me letters and post cards so far! I’ve received 34 letters and 13 postcards and i’ve loved reading every single one of them. Thank you so much for sharing these with me and helping me with my major work.It’s really interesting to see just how widespread my little project has become. I’ve gotten letters from Italy, England, America and even Belgium and Finland! All kinds of different people have taken to my project. Some letters have come from people as young as 11, all the way through to more mature writers. And it’s incredible to read all the stories you have shared with me - I always get excited when I see i’ve got a new letter waiting in my PO box.
Secondly it is not too late to send me a letter if you want to. My major work is due on the 26th of August and so any letters I receive before then can be used in the piece. So if you’ve been hesitant, wondering if it’s too late - don’t worry, there’s still some time. Address your letter to; Melissa SwannPO Box 312Kingswood, 2747NSW, Australia
Thirdly, to everyone who has included a return address on the letter they sent I will be replying to you - eventually. Quite a few of you have given me an address to reply to and I fully intend on replying to all of you. It’s going to take some time, and a little bit of fiddling to work out stamps and postage (especially for international letters) but I promise you’ll get a reply.
Thank you again, I can’t wait to read and reply to more of your letters. I will keep you all updated as the project comes along, and I will definitely post pictures of the final piece and let you all know how it went!
Love, Melissa

Hello! 
I just wanted to post this to update everyone who is following along on this project of mine

First of all I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has sent me letters and post cards so far! I’ve received 34 letters and 13 postcards and i’ve loved reading every single one of them. Thank you so much for sharing these with me and helping me with my major work.
It’s really interesting to see just how widespread my little project has become. I’ve gotten letters from Italy, England, America and even Belgium and Finland!
All kinds of different people have taken to my project. Some letters have come from people as young as 11, all the way through to more mature writers. And it’s incredible to read all the stories you have shared with me - I always get excited when I see i’ve got a new letter waiting in my PO box.

Secondly it is not too late to send me a letter if you want to. My major work is due on the 26th of August and so any letters I receive before then can be used in the piece. So if you’ve been hesitant, wondering if it’s too late - don’t worry, there’s still some time. Address your letter to; 
Melissa Swann
PO Box 312

Kingswood, 2747
NSW, Australia

Thirdly, to everyone who has included a return address on the letter they sent I will be replying to you - eventually. Quite a few of you have given me an address to reply to and I fully intend on replying to all of you. It’s going to take some time, and a little bit of fiddling to work out stamps and postage (especially for international letters) but I promise you’ll get a reply.

Thank you again, I can’t wait to read and reply to more of your letters. I will keep you all updated as the project comes along, and I will definitely post pictures of the final piece and let you all know how it went!

Love, Melissa

Apr 12 '13

Anonymous asked:

when will you no longer accept submissions?

 My major work needs to be submitted some time in August - I don’t have the exact date just yet.

So the start of August is when i’ll need to have all the letters i’m using. (As there are other parts of the piece that I can do before hand and the letters can be added in towards the end) 

Thanks so much to everyone who has sent in letters so far, and if you haven’t sent one yet there is still plenty of time!