Meaghan Dee


After spending years working as a professional graphic designer, I struggled somewhat with the transition to graduate school. It was strange going from client-driven work to completely openended creative freedom. I began using my sketchbooks as a place to document ideas, collage, sketch, and reflect. This was a safe place for me to experiment. My sketchbooks were very personal – full of incomplete designs and random thoughts. I used to say that showing someone my sketchbook felt like being naked in front of them: completely exposed.

In effort to get over this, I started sharing my sketchbooks with more individuals, and I eventually scanned them and put them online at While, this exercise enabled me to begin getting over my fears of imperfection (by making my flaws public) my creations were still sketchbooks, and I wanted to break the bounds of their safety.

This process led me to the idea of creating individualized postcards that I would mail to strangers. The format of a card enabled me to move outside of the sketchbook – and the decision to mail them to strangers helped to me relinquish control over my work. Simply by putting a piece through the mail, I risked it being “ruined.” And by sending the works to people I didn’t know, I didn’t have a real way of tracking to see if the cards ever made it to their final destination.

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