And the Winnter Is . . .Karen Klaaassen



2020 Summer Project Winner with Mailbox Theme

Karen Klaassen was voted the $100 winner for her amazing patriotic concept. Congratulations! An old rusted mailbox was made into a reminder to vote by mail in 2020. The flag is collaged of torn red paper texturally embossed with postal markings over a copy of the U.S. constitution and Bill of Rights with writings that signify letters and our right for freedom of the press. The white stripes were washed with a glimmering white acrylic paint. The worn and tattered effect reflects the artist’s perception of today’s battered political environment. In contrast, glittering stars shine over the blue panel and celebrates the bright enduring strength and glory of our union. The stars and stripes are placed so that viewing from either side, one sees 50 stars and 13 stripes. Scrolls placed inside were created from copies of the constitution and the hard-fought-for voting rights amendments which were “aged” with tea stain and textured. An envelope hangs from a patriotic ribbon, and is addressed to the county elections ready for your vote. The VOTE HERE sign is stamped and inked, then heavily heat embossed with Seth Apter’s Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture. Glittered and ruffled stiffened fabric placed over a wooden star celebrates the patriotic theme of the mailbox.