Tall Tale Postcards

Tall Tale Postcards by Hannah Jickling, Helen Reed and Ms. Nickel's 2015/2016 Division Seven students of Queen Alexandra Elementary School: Savanna, Jackie, Kurtis, Kia, Karyl, Dekoda, Farhin, Chris, Susan, Francis, Lorne, Saiyaka, Cathy, Gabby, Lily, Angelo and Lucas. Series of three risograph postcards, edition of 250 each. Printed by Color Code, Toronto, Ontario.
Tall Tale Postcards by Hannah Jickling, Helen Reed and Ms. Nickel’s 2015/2016 Division Seven students of Queen Alexandra Elementary School: Savanna, Jackie, Kurtis, Kia, Karyl, Dekoda, Farhin, Chris, Susan, Francis, Lorne, Saiyaka, Cathy, Gabby, Lily, Angelo and Lucas. Series of three risograph postcards, edition of 250 each. Printed by Color Code, Toronto, Ontario.

As the first edition in a series of published works from Big Rock Candy Mountain, these postcards culminated four months of comic-utopic exaggeration and surrealist image-making with a class of Grade 4/5 students. As sung by the teacher and students every week, the kid-friendly version of the folk song, Big Rock Candy Mountain, imagines a world where there is no homework, bubblegum grows on trees and your birthday is everyday. These bizarre bounties were expanded through various small projects, identifying ultimate possibilities within a school environment, including a chandelier made of steak and pumpkin patch in the playground.

Project curator Vanessa Kwan expands on the process leading up to the making of the Tall Tale Postcards in her writing, Big Rock Candy Mountain: The Start of Something Bigger and Smaller.