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Traditional correspondence through the mail has fallen by the wayside in the digital age. Whereas people once regularly sat down and wrote thoughtful letters and postcards to those in their lives, now this communication has been replaced with email and text messages, or worse yet, the keeping abreast of each others lives through status updates on social media. I feel that this is making us less connected to those in our lives despite the fact that we have the possibility for instant communication. Regular mail communication is now commonly referred to derisively as "snail mail" since it takes a matter of days to deliver a physical object from one location to another as opposed to the instantaneous transmission electronically. But I believe that there is something incredibly wonderful and a bit magical about receiving that physical object in the mail, knowing that your friend or loved one spent the time to create and craft that letter or postcard or drawing or whatever it is that you receive. I believe that the art of letter writing also makes for a better society, it causes people to think about others and making someone else's day better by sending them a note in the mail, as opposed to our more self-obsessed ("selfies" anyone?) digital culture of today. I would like to make a series of postcards which feature lesser known neighborhoods of San Francisco. The series will be sold as a set in an effort to encourage people to simply send postcards to the people in their lives. I think it is typical to only think of postcards as a thing to send when one is on a vacation in some exotic locale, but I would like to make the postcard a more quotidian affair, something that can be sent anytime from anywhere, with or without a specific purpose, other than to simply say "hi". So, instead of having tourist attractions of San Francisco featured on the cards (ex. the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, etc.) I would like to illustrate and celebrate neighborhoods like Dogpatch, the Tenderloin, the Mission, etc where people are simply living their everyday lives. The images I have included with my proposal are of past illustrative work that I have done, they are for reference only to give the jury a sense of my visual aesthetic--the imagery for the postcards themselves will be executed in a similar style but will be derived from onsite research work which I undertake as the first phase in my Workshop residence. The cards will be printed on high-quality cotton paper and sold in an assorted pack of 6 (one of each neighborhood/landmark in the set). I do not yet know how the cards will be printed, but because part of the impetus for creating the work is to go back to a traditional approach while eschewing digital technology it might be nice if they were traditional Japanese woodblock prints, although I am still open to printing them digitally as well.