Thursday, April 27, 2017

White Shapes

Here are the latest in my white shape mail art series.

XVI to Eric




XVII to Azzaro




The series came about as a way to recycle extra card stock that arrived when buying stamps online from the USPS store, and a set of white pens that I find horrible to use for writing.

What do you see when you look at the shapes?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Vodka to Ti Ar Raden

The third one of these I've sent out. (Previous ones here and here if you're interested).




It went in this envelope.



Do you like to create collages? Are yours more minimal, or maximal? Funny or artistic? Political or playful?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Unexpected

One of the things I love about the people who send me mail art is that they often do something really unexpected with a piece of mail art.

In this case, Heleen sent me a few postcards of birds that I like. She included an extra bird that I like very much, and wasn't expecting, a common or Eurasian Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis).

And she sent it in an envelope that used stamps from 2009 that I think are amazing (Heleen - I get the feeling that you have quite a stash of stamps!). The translation of 'Laat kinder leren' is 'Let children learn'.

I love how Heleen turned some of the letters of my address into the little creatures from the stamps.




And even better, it includes my favorite of the bunch - the first one, which is 'Trying is always good'.

Here is a bit more information about these cool stamps. Thanks to Violet for the information.


There's also a great animated video about this set.



Do you have a favorite bird?


Monday, April 24, 2017

Teeth

Christophe has a project titled MailArTeeth. You can see all his tooth-related mail art here.

He sent me this nice envelope and card to wish me happy 2017.







I've been contributing every now and again for a while now. Here's my latest contribution - I hope it made it, as it was 12 x 12 inches!

(And a confession - I mailed it in a mailing box and it sort of got stuck a little bit, fairly far inside - I couldn't get it to fall all the way into the box, so hopefully that didn't annoy a postal worker).

Update - it arrived in France, slightly bent, and not even postmarked!

Here it is before it's travels.



What do you think about teeth as a mail art topic?

Would you be grossed out or entertained by receiving something like this through the mail?


Sunday, April 23, 2017

S is also for Series

This is the second S post after yesterday's Solar System

As promised, here is the follow up from letter N for naked mail art. Most of my mail art goes inside one of my homemade envelopes. And usually they are individual pieces. 

Although I rarely collage, I recently sent out a series of 6 collaged postcards with a vehicular theme.

To Adrienne, Thomas and William



To C. Mehrl Bennett, Keith and J.A.D. Media




Do you like to create collages? Would you make one from random stuff you find in your car/your purse/that messy drawer at home full of 'important' junk?

For bonus points, can you identify where all the pieces come from?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Solar system (II)

S is also for stamps. Not every mail artist cares about the postage stamps - for many they just serve the purpose of getting the art from A to B through the postal system. 

Since I got back into mail art I do try and think of creative ways to use postage stamps to enhance the mail art by theme, color, and sometimes even number.

The planets of your solar system set issued by the post office last year are very nicely done, and have afforded me the opportunity to make some fun envelopes.

Using old wall calendar pages to make the envelopes, here are the exchange envelopes I sent out for April.







Do you have a favorite stamp?

And if you're wondering why this post is titled Solar System (II), you can see my first Solar System blog post here.

I used all of the planets stamps on another piece of mail art here.

(PS: I have a bonus letter S that will show up on the blog tomorrow if you feel like checking back in.)


Friday, April 21, 2017

Reconnecting via repetition & variation

Remember under M is for MMSA? Here is the missing repetition & variation swap postcard.



Turns out it was a) delivered to the sender, and b) the sender was Jan H, who I used to exchange mail art with, but haven't since 2014. So it arrived quite a bit later than the other three cards.

Jan sent the returned card to me in this awesome painted envelope.




And she included this intriguing piece titled Blur.



Great to 'see you in my mailbox' Jan, even if it was through a postal misadventure.

When was the last time you reconnected with someone through the mail? Did you initiate it, or did they?