Ten years ago my husband suggested I carry business cards with me (I always thought of them as 'busy'-ness cards) as I was often asked about my work while we were out and about. My first business card (upper right) was created about ten years ago and incorporated a quote by Thomas Mann that I love...
"Hold every moment sacred,
I always like the serenity of both the image and the words but several years ago came upon Moo cards (lower two) which I absolutely adore BUT they are very thick so I can't fit many in my wallet. They were popular, though, and became a bit of a collector item as I had numerous images printed on them.
My third set of business cards (center left), which I created a couple of years ago, incorporated a photo of a 'self-portrait' mixed media piece I had created. It included a crow (as my family calls me 'Crow-Talker') holding a necklace which is very dear to me as it was a gift from a close friend. I also added pattern pieces to represent my family history of making things by hand along with a map of northern Canada...being raised in the north, it is in my blood. This piece also included a wing chair that was one of the first purchases my husband & I made together when we were first married along with the pages of one my first and favorite books, 'Wuthering Heights' (don't worry, the book was falling apart and beyond repair).
Since the 500+ chair paintings I had created over ten years have all found homes and because my work has changed drastically (well, maybe that's an over-statement) I decided to create a new card (upper left). This time I utilized a photograph my 13-year-old daughter had taken of me. I'm finally not afraid to show my face. It's funny, I've always been comfortable with sharing my work live and in print but never myself. I really like this photo and am always pleased to share it...though I think the next batch of printing will include a brighter, more legible font. I love all the colour in that photo.
'Honouring the Ancestors': Awesome Airdrie
AIRdirondack Art Project
'Counting Crows': Great Places Plan