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ATC-Gantschev

So, to keep myself active in the game, i rejoined some of my old ATC groups. For those who do not know what ATC is, here is a brief explanation on wiki.

The theme of this month was "in the style of your favorite artist". So i made a tiny watercolor in the style of Ivan Gantschev, my favorite children's book illustrator. I really wish I could meet him. He is from Bulgaria but is living in Germany for many years now. I think in Berlin.

Anyways, here is my tiny ATC, first one of 2012. I missed making them :) I hope the person I will be sending this ATC to will not see it yet. I like the element of surprise in mailart and ATC's.  Anyone up for a trade?


More over Alia Rachmanova

It has been a long time since I wrote my last blog. What made me want to write again are the reactions i still have been getting for my two blog entries about Alia Rachmanova (Alja Rachmanowa and It arrived!). Apparently there are several people on the internet desperately searching for more information about her.

Here is the little information I have in my hands about this interesting woman. I hope it will be helpful to someone :) Meantime, you can find her books (mostly in dutch and german though) in second hand bookshops. Unfortunately it is almost impossible to find them anywhere else :(

The following text is a compilation from the article "Alja Rachmanowa" published in the Flow magazine in Dutch. Thank you Flow, if you did not publish that article I could never learn about this extraordinary woman! Hope you do not mind my translation :P


The Russian writer Alia (Alexandra) Rachmanowa (1898-1991) became world-famous with the wonderful trilogy “Love in the Red Storm”. It is…