Indonesian Postcrossing stamp launch!

https://www.postcrossing.com/blog/2017/07/22/indonesian-postcrossing-stamp-launch

The Indonesian Postcrossing stamp was issued last week, and a few meetups took place around the country to celebrate both their new stamps and Postcrossing's birthday. We have pictures to share with you!

Here are the local postcrossers in Bandung...

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...in Jakarta...

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...in Semarang...

Indonesian Postcrossing stamp launch meetup

...in Surabaya...

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... and in Yogyakarta!

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Looks like a great day was had by all, and there was even geplak and gethuk, some typical Indonesian treats! 😍 Pretty stamps, postcards and "cake"... sounds like the recipe for a perfect birthday celebration!

Postrip exhibition in Shanghai

https://www.postcrossing.com/blog/2017/07/19/postrip-exhibition-in-shanghai

Postrip poster

Ever heard of Postcrossing Ambassadors? They're members who go the extra mile to spread the word about the project to help it grow, writing articles on newspapers or magazines, giving interviews to TV stations or organizing events to popularize the hobby, among many other remarkable contributions.

Jifeng (aka shijifeng) from China, is one of our most enthusiastic ambassadors, and this summer he was involved in the organization of a huge art exhibition + event that is all about postcards and Postcrossing!

"Postrip — Post a word, mark the world" is the name of this fantastic exhibition that is currently being shown in Shanghai, celebrating postcards as a way of connecting the world, sharing memories and creating travel mementos. The exhibition features postcards, sketches, souvenirs and travel journals from five local postcrossers (arlynab, shijifeng, SuzyLiu, uranusreborn, wangjiayimike). Their items were beautifully put together in displays, which were then surrounded by their testimonials, as well as explanations on how Postcrossing works.

Have a look:

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Isn't it just stunning? The care and attention to detail on these walls and displays is awe-inspiring.

Pulling off something like this would be enough to make anyone proud... but Jifeng decided to push it a bit further, and used the occasion of the exhibition to organize also a meetup, postcard fair and set of talks about Postcrossing, in which the five postcrossers who participated in the exhibition were invited to tell the stories behind the postcards they chose to display.

As an added bonus, a special themed postcard was printed, and Shanghai Post even created a cancellation mark for the occasion so that postcrossers could send their commemorative cards with it. The event took place this past Saturday (July 15th), and judging by the photos, it was a huge success!

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Hurray! 🎉 Though the event is now over, you can still visit the exhibition until September 24th, on Shanghai Mass Art Centre (125 Guyi Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai). If you're in the area, don't miss it!

Our huge thank you to Jifeng for doing all of this — but also to arlynab, SuzyLiu, uranusreborn and wangjiayimike for their collaboration both in the event and the exhibition. It sounds like a brilliant team effort, and we hope it will inspire other postcrossers to follow their lead! 😊

Postcrossing turns 12 + new Postcrossing stamps... from Indonesia!

https://www.postcrossing.com/blog/2017/07/14/postcrossing-turns-12-new-postcrossing-stamps-from-indonesia

Twelve years ago today, Postcrossing was opened to the whole world... so today it's our own Postcrossingversary! 🎉 Hurray!

Connecting the world might not be an easy job, but we firmly believe it is an evermore important one. We're thankful to every single one of our members who believe in this idea too, looking beyond borders, religions and politics to simply connect with other human beings out there, one postcard at a time.

And to make this special day even more special, we have great news! Indonesia Post is releasing 3 new Postcrossing-themed stamps today! Here they are, in all their colourful glory:

Indonesia Postcrossing stamp

Pretty cool, right? Meetups are being organised around Indonesia to celebrate the event this weekend — if you're the area, head over to the forum for more information. We look forward to seeing these pretty stamps on postcards from Indonesia!

And now, it's time to enjoy this milestone — do join us in this celebration, send a postcard (or 12!) and have a slice of cake! 🎂 Happy birthday Postcrossingversary, Postcrossing!

Marina's Scarf of Friendship

https://www.postcrossing.com/blog/2017/07/10/marina-s-scarf-of-friendship

Scarf of FriendshipHave we mentioned how much we enjoy seeing postcrossers getting creative with their hobbies? A few years ago, we wrote about a Postcrossing-sourced quilt and also showed some beautiful knitted and stitched postcards on our Instagram. Today we have another Postcrossing-inspired project to share!

Marina (aka 167marina) is a postcrosser and a knitter from the Tombov region in Russia. She tells us that her small town of Rasskazovo is often described as the "capital of knitting", because most people like knitting there. It seemed natural to combine the two hobbies somehow... so one day, Marina decided to create a special scarf with yarn sent to her by other postcrossers from all over the world. She called it the "Scarf of Friendship" and posted the request on her profile. Soon enough, colourful bits of yarn started arriving through the mail, along with her postcards...

Scarf of Friendship

And voilà! Right now, the scarf has the very impressive length of 2 meters, and features yarn from 23 countries! It's still a work in progress though, as Marina will keep knitting it till the end of the year — so if you’d like to participate, send her a message. :)

Here is her dad, modelling this awe-inspiring project:

Scarf of Friendship

Isn't it wonderful how random strings of yarn from all over the world can be connected into a beautiful scarf? Come to think of it, this sentence sounds a bit familiar, doesn't it? I guess we're just fans of connecting things, be it through postcards or yarn! 😊

Well done, Marina — we look forward to seeing the end result!