The artist trading cards –ATCs, measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches and are designed with original designs or drawings and made entirely by hand. Each card must include a folded model. The cards are exchanged between participants who have registered for this event.
The photograph on the right shows one of the fifty cards I made this year. Represented is a crab scurrying about on a beach. I’ve always loved this crab model for both its simplicity and elegance. The model came to my attention through Gay Merrill Gross who mailed an example to me a few years ago. Diagrams were not available so I took the challenge of reverse-engineering the model. The original creator of the crab is unknown. Here I post step folds for the crab.
Since the model folds flat it was perfectly suited for the composition that evolved. The background of the card is painted with watercolor on Arches paper. For texture I included dry twigs and pieces of seashells and also added a little glitter to the sand.
In exchange for the fifty cards I made of this theme, I received an equal number of other artist’s cards. All were made with great care and creativity. The following picture shows most of the cards as they hung in the exhibition hall along with other origami models.