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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Etegami Bookplates

Dear Debbie,

I was thrilled to learn that I had won four etegami bookplates, from your February 22, 2012 contest.  They arrived quickly, packaged in an envelope re-purposed from a Japanese map--how interesting!

Before I discovered your blog, http://etegamibydosankodebbie.blogspot.com/,  I didn't know what etegami was.  Your explanation helped:

Etegami (e="picture"; tegami="letter / message") are simple drawings accompanied by a few apt words.  They are usually done on postcards so that they can be easily mailed off to one's friends.  They often depict some ordinary item from everyday life, especially items that bring a particular season to mind.

From the people who had won bookplates, you requested feedback.

Here is mine...I love the bookplates.  Let me tell you why.

The designs are delightful, simple, vibrant and whimsical.  I like the dark outlines and the hints and washes of colour.  I appreciate the artwork of ordinary things...birds, fish and insects.  Your creations of salmon, cicada, owl and stag beetle make me see each with new eyes.  I admire the bright shades in the stag beetle, especially, but that may be because those colours are favourites of mine.

The self-adhesive labels peel off easily, once I realized that I was supposed to peel from the dotted lines and not the corners.  Silly me.  The adhesive sticks to the books well.  It would have helped if I had been able to stick the bookplates on straight, but that's just me.  Obviously, I can't.  I appreciate the heaviness of the bookplate paper, feels substantial and adheres smoothly against the page with no ripples.

Thank you for these etegami bookplates.  I like their size.  Most bookplates don't provide enough space for a name and an address.  Yours do.

I hope that you decide to produce and sell these bookplates in your online shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/dosankodebbie

If you do, I'll purchase them, as I am pleased with the samples you sent to me.  I'm looking forward to seeing more of your creations... soon.




dosankodebbie said...

Wow, Carol, what an interesting and unique way to give me feedback on the bookplates! I hope to improve on their design before I go on to the next step. Your input has been invaluable. Thanks so much.

Carol Steel said...

Thanks for the comment and thanks again for the bookplates. I enjoy them. I see them each day as I've put them in my reference books. Guess I should put my name on the bookplates now.

Crafty Green Poet said...

how lovely to share your feedback like this! I won some delightful postcards from Debbie Last year!

Carol Steel said...

I wouldn't have shared any bad feedback online, of course. But, there were only good things to say. Debbie does beautiful work and I do love the bookplates.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Carol, These are simply beautiful.. they show such thoughtfulness... I love simple, thoughtful, beautiful useful things...

I can't wait to check out more of her work.. Thanks.

Carol Steel said...

Hi Gwen,

Thanks for your comment. It was delightful for me to have discovered Debbie's work. I have respect for artists who can combine the written word and artwork. So thoughtful and rich.