Postcarden is a series of artist-created mailable items somewhere in between a postcard and a gift in and of themselves. The Postcardens (boy, that’s an awkward word to pluralize, eh?) can still be mailed as postcards, with no extra postage necessary, but they’re so much more.
Each Postcarden is actually a folded-up miniature garden, of sorts. When unfolded, they reveal a 3-D scene, sort of like a diorama, with space for a small growing tray. Also included is a packet of “cress” seeds, a sort of fast-growing herb grass. Pop the seeds in the growing tray, pour in the water, and within three days they’ll begin to sprout. The plant requies minimal sunlight and care, so it’s a good gift even if your recipient is the kind of person who could kill a cactus.
Postcarden postcards are available from Brooklyn5and10 for $13 each.