In the Mail: A Smattering

My mailbox, like most of the others in these United States, is consistently full of junk mail and bills. Is it any wonder that these little gems glowed among their less glamorous counterparts?

A Smattering

Dean Marks sent this interactive piece from France. Notice the little windows opening on the people inside? Sadly, some of them were torn off in transit, but the effect remains.

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I love the shots of the Eiffel Tower lit up at night! So much food for the arm-chair traveler in me! 😀

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It was an acknowledgement that I had indeed been found out in my attempt at an anonymous mail art mystery. “We Sea it was U,” he said. More about the mystery can be seen here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/the-eyes-have-it/

Angie Cope was the gal who set out to solve the mystery I proposed. This piece celebrates the Year of the Horse. Her style is so unique that I am able to recognize it from across the room, a mere corner peeking from a stack of mail brought in by my husband.

Angie Cope: Year of the Horse

Angie’s post, asking for assistance to help solve the mystery can be found here: http://iuoma-network.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=2496677%3ABlogPost%3A1357952&page

Mim Scalin has been working on a series of altered postcards. I was lucky to receive one recently.

"Chimney Sweep Kitty was so happy with completing the big job at Biltmore." Mim Scalin

“Chimney Sweep Kitty was so happy with completing the big job at Biltmore.” Mim Scalin

If you know anything about Biltmore, you know that was a huge undertaking for Chimney Sweep Kitty! Mim had no clue as to my personal attachment to Biltmore, or how much the piece would mean to me. This illustrates more of the serendipity mail artists often experience.

Many thanks to all for brightening my mailbox! I’m off to the studio to create some replies to some of this great mail art!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

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Off to Atlanta!

FRAGILE Eco-Blueprint is finally getting a new home! Taking flight from the Studio at Piney Creek Acres, it is heading south to Atlanta, Georgia for inclusion in the Zalop: Illusory Correspondence Art exhibit at the Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery. (http://www.eyedrum.org/) The exhibit runs from February 15 through March 16, 2014. If you live in or will be visiting the area, stop in to check it out!

This is quite the adventure for a trash bubble whose only view has been the clutter and chaos of art in the making!

FRAGILE Eco-Bluprint

You may remember this piece from an earlier post. Find the original here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/fragile-eco-blueprint/

Many well-wishes will carry this trash bubble on it’s way to its new life!

Now, it’s time to get back in the studio to make more!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Liberate Your Art 2014 Postcard Swap!

Mail art has been a part of my life for quite a while, but although organized postcard swaps have been on my radar, I have yet to participate in them… until now.

This week, I spent some time looking for mail art calls and found the Liberate Your Art 2014 Postcard Swap at Kat Sloma’s website, http://kateyestudio.com/. I was equally impressed with the way it is organized and the diversity of folks who have participated previously. Last year, there were 216 participants. Kat is hoping to get upwards of 250 folks involved this time around.

Most mail artists keep it organic. By this, I mean that the original art IS the mail. Usually, this is what I stick to, though on occasion, I have printed older pieces and mailed the copies. Here is a link to a previous blog post in which I used this technique: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/the-eyes-have-it/

This swap asks that you try printing your work. You can get as professional as you prefer. I like that Kat gives suggestions as to how to do it yourself with simple supplies and also gives links to her favorite printing options, complete with discounts! The possibilities are endless.

Currently, I am considering this piece (created previously) for my printed postcards, but it is a girl’s prerogative to change her mind!

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If you are new to the idea of mail art, or if you have been hesitant about putting your work out there, this is a great way to try it without much effort or fear of criticism. If the idea appeals to you in any way, I encourage you to seriously consider participating!

The sign up is easy. Everything is confirmed and details delivered via email. Use this link to sign up http://kateyestudio.com/liberate-your-art-postcard-swap.

What are you waiting for? You know you want to try it!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

On My Desk: Bingo Birthday!

A friend of mine celebrated a birthday this past week. I wanted to do something special for him… but what? I had just finished the 100th birthday card for a friend’s mother and thought, “Why not?”

Standing in the studio, I turned round and round, slowly taking in my surroundings.

Most of my supplies are stored in clear glass jars so I can see what I have to work with at a glance. The things that are “put away” hardly ever get used because I have to count on my cluttered mind to remember their existence.

Out of the corner of my eye, I spied the stack of bingo cards, a yard sale find from last summer. The topmost card contained the number 33, the age my friend would be on his birthday. I immediately grabbed my jar of numeric game pieces and searched for… what else? The number thirty-three!

This is what developed…

Bingo Birthday 33

Now, I have cards on the brain. Maybe it’s time to make Valentines?

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

A Little Bird Told Me

A friend’s mother turns 100 years young later this week! What a milestone! What a life she must have lived!

When the call went out for birthday wishes, I answered immediately. Of course I would send something special to help commemorate the occasion!

After some thought, I decided against a traditional birthday greeting. I wanted it to be cheerful, warm and friendly. It wasn’t until I sat down to work, that the vision presented itself.

A little bird told me…

A Little Bird Told Me...

An extension of my nesting birdies series, this one sprang forth from an extra background I had leftover from handmade Christmas cards several years ago.

Please join me in wishing Estelle G. a VERY HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY! by commenting below.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Outbound Mail Art: Consumer Consciousness Series Continues

As January takes a firm hold, it seems that I am playing catch-up in several arenas at once. Not only am I trying to re-connect with folks online, I am also attempting to re-connect with my mail art friends.

The Consumer Consciousness series is one that I began quite some time ago. It holds no less allure for me now than it did upon completion of my first piece. Each postcard usually begins with a blank index card measuring 4 x 6 inches. It takes what seems like forever to complete one, as the artfully arranged labels and price stickers come from consumer goods purchased for my household. That having been said, I am often working on several at once.

The post cards below were recently uncovered in an attempt to re-assert control over the current chaos that is my studio. Meant to have been mailed sometime between late fall and Thanksgiving, these pieces have been hiding beneath the detritus of project debris. We all know that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Some of my good intentions will finally see the post this week!

Consumer Consciousness: Cafe Mocha

Consumer Consciousness VIII (The Value of Polka Dots)

Consumer Consciosness: NEW!

VIIII A Flight of Consumer Consciousness

Poor lighting and my camera do not serve me the way a scanner did. Here’s to hoping that I find a new one soon!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

The Eyes Have It!

Approximately eighteen months ago, I planned a mail art mystery. Then, life got in the way and I was unable to execute it. As luck would have it, I found the pieces just before taking a little trip late this past summer. The trip allowed me to follow through and divert suspicion from myself. Or so EYE thought.

Right Eye Self Portrait

Being disconnected from the cyber world for so long, I mailed the twelve postcards and promptly forgot all about them. A few days ago, I discovered that I had been found out!

http://iuoma-network.ning.com/profiles/blogs/who-s-eye-is-this-who-dunnit

My friends at IUOMA have mad handwriting analysis skills! I wasn’t counting on the recognition factor. Next time, I must disguise my writing and cloak my puns.

As for the art, it was a piece I did in high school… way back in the day. I signed my artwork differently then and really thought this would keep folks off my trail. I scanned the original image and printed out twelve 4×6 postcards, numbering them accordingly. They were mailed to seven states domestically, but also to five other countries: Argentina, France, Germany, Greece and the Netherlands.

It will be some time before I attempt another mystery mailing. (Maybe I should brush up on my Agatha Christie first?) In the meantime, I am already preparing my first batch of mail art for 2014. Stop back to read more about it in an upcoming post.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!