On My Desk: Go Bananas!

Go Bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S! Go Bananas!

Some of the folks at IUOMA really are Bananas, myself included. Once a year or so we exchange banana themed mail art in celebration of one banana holiday or another. This time, we were celebrating World Banana Day on February 21st and National Banana Bread Day on February 23rd.

In the tradition of my Consumer Consciousness series, I created the ‘Dole Banana Mandala’ and ‘Peel the Love.’

Can you Peel the Love?

Can you Peel the Love?

Twelve color copies of the mandala were made for recipients far and wide. Each piece was inked by hand in yellow which created the variations in shading. The original mandala became a birthday greeting for Anna Banana, who turns 74 years young this month. Peel the Love is an original, one and only. No copies were made.

Also mailed out in celebration was this little gem…

Paper Mache Banana-gram

Paper Mache Banana-gram

So far, I have received five pieces of return banana mail, the first of which hailed from Greece.

Banana Mail from Katerina Nikoltsou

Banana Mail from Katerina Nikoltsou

Banana Mail from Katerina Nikoltsou Side B

Banana Mail from Katerina Nikoltsou Side B

Banana Mail Mini Book from Rebecca Guyver, UK

Banana Mail Mini Book from Rebecca Guyver, UK

Banana Mail from Alicia Starr, USA

Banana Mail from Alicia Starr, USA

Banana Mail from Angie Cope, USA

Banana Mail from Angie Cope, USA

Banana Mail from Jennifer Phillips, USA

Banana Mail from Jennifer Phillips, USA

Hope you all had a very Happy World Banana/National Banana Bread Day!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again.

A Different Kind of Bubble

Recently, a reader asked if I intended to make and post more Trash Bubbles here in the blog, or if I was switching to mail art.

Thrown by the question, I wasn’t sure how to answer.

Trash Bubbles grew out of my mail art pursuits, much like the Consumer Consciousness series of postcards I create. Although they can be used as gift tags, personal totems and such, I originally intended Trash Bubbles to be mailable art. I stick a stamp or two on them and drop them in the nearest mailbox.

That said, I realize that I haven’t been posting many Trash Bubbles here because I’ve had so much else on my plate. I simply haven’t been making them regularly.

To remedy this, I followed through on a concept I had for a new kind of Trash Bubble.

Life's a Crap Shoot! I

Life’s a Crap Shoot!

Many of the bubbles I save are small, not large enough to mail on their own. This time, I turned one into a mailable postcard-sized piece by hand-stitching scraps of card stock (leftover from a previous project) to either side of the bubble.

The HOYLE VEGAS DICE packaging originally held five regulation sized dice. Using two slightly smaller dice, I inserted them snake-eyes up knowing there wasn’t enough room for the dice to roll around inside. We are now in a state of eternally crapping out, as it were. That’s where the title ‘Life’s a Crap Shoot’ comes in.

The zig-zag stitch I used will allow the piece to be free-standing, as illustrated in the next photo.

Life's a Crap Shoot! II

More Trash Bubbles are in the works!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Outbound Mail Art: More Consumer Consciousness, Etc.

In a further attempt at catching up on my mail art correspondence, I offer up these four pieces to the postal powers that be…

Consumer Consciousness, Etc.

Three are from my Consumer Consciousness series. The first one, Hallmark of a Savvy Shopper is off to Portugal.

Hallmark of a Savvy Shopper

Hallmark of a Savvy Shopper

Sterilite Expressions will land in Winston Salem, North Carolina. It had an unfortunate meeting with my cat, as evidenced by the upper-left-hand corner chew marks. Both my cat, Zoe, and I think it adds a little something to the piece. (In case you were wondering, it did take her a while to sway me to her way of thinking.)

Sterilite Expressions

Sterilite Expressions

We’ve Got the Goods! is heading to South Africa. I hear the plane ride is insanely long… I wonder how long the post will take?

We've Got the Goods!

We’ve Got the Goods!

This last one was created in the tradition of the Consumer Consciousness pieces (using one label instead of many price stickers) with a friend in mind. She has been (like most of us here in the US) buried under snow for so long that I’m afraid her only recollection of spring colors comes from her own artwork.

Wintering Spring

Wintering Spring

I was just reminded by a mail art cohort that I am behind on my BANANA MAIL ART! I guess that means I need to peel off to the studio and get my yellow on!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

ZALOP! Zalop: Illusory Correspondence Art Exhibit, Atlanta Georgia

The Zalop: Illusory Correspondence Art Exhibit in Atlanta Georgia is now open for viewing at the Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery. The show premiered on Saturday, February 15th and will run through March 16, 2014.

ZALOP by Cheryl Penn

What is it?

It is a mail art exhibit curated by Michael Orr and based on nothing in particular.

ZALOP!

How can this be?

It has to be about something!

No, not really….

ZALOP!

Zalop loosely translated, means nothing. Or as Cheryl Penn of South Africa has translated, “ZALOP means ABSOLUTELY NO WAY, DEFINITELY NOT, NADA, NIX.” She goes on to say, “It is essential this word be said in an emphatic tone.” Read more of Cheryl’s history of Zalop here: http://cherylpenn.com/wpb/?p=2826

It’s roots lie in Fluxus which began in the early sixties and is attributed largely to George Maciunas. Fluxus was an anti-art, anti-commercialism movement from which, much performance art and mail art have sprung forth.

Rudd Jansen, credited for the creation of Zalop, is the man behind IUOMA, the International Union of Mail-Artists. IUOMA is the social networking site for mail artists worldwide. It is also a comprehensive database for mail art. Find IUOMA here: http://iuoma-network.ning.com/

And now, I believe I have brought us full circle at mach speed.

ZALOP!

If Zalop! interests you, by all means, you should take in the show!

I daresay, if Zalop! interests you not at all, it is of great necessity that you attend!

If you are local, check out the show in person. It’s FREE to the public.

Should you be unable to see the show in person, you can check out the opening video at Art Relish: http://artrelish.com/

Or link directly to the opening video by Jason Parker here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eji0y9UmszM

In the tradition of ‘Much Ado About Nothing,’ I have managed to make much of nothing at all. I hope you have enjoyed it, been enlightened, or inspired.

ZALOP!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Swap Season?

Postcard swaps are unusually appealing to me this winter.

Maybe that’s because it’s been such a harsh one. Bitter temperatures have combined with record snow totals further reinforcing my instincts to hibernate. Yet, there is a small, still voice inside of me that keeps looking for the light, reaching for the outside, yearning to bring it in.

Participating in postcard swaps is a way of doing that without leaving the comfort of hearth and home.

This week, I registered to participate in the 7th Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap.

The theme for this swap is CREATE. Stitching can be incorporated into your design any way you wish. Do you use machine stitching in your artwork? Is hand embroidery your thing? Rub-ons are great for faux stitching! Do whatever floats your boat!

You are given a swap partner and need only make one postcard. It’s that simple.

Won’t you join me in the 7th Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap? The image above is an active link, or you can click on the the badge in the right-hand margin of this blog to register.

As always, I’d love to know if you’re participating. Feel free to let me know by commenting below.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

ICAD to Valentine

Last year, while participating in the http://daisyyellowart.com/ ICAD (Index Card A Day) challenge, I came up with the following piece…

One Heart's Flight

I began with a 4×6 scrap of cardboard and layered it up with paint and ink. Details were added using scraps of paper and metal wings which had been saved from a broken angel bookmark in years gone by. In the end, it was a simple piece, but it made me happy whenever I looked at it.

Recently, when I placed a postcard order with moo.com, I allowed for twenty copies of One’s Heart’s Flight to be printed as Valentines. If you’d like to try their services, you can find a 10% discount through this link: http://www.moo.com/share/w65wcy

In years past, I had created unique Valentines by hand, often with hand-stitched details. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but in the end, I was not disappointed.

Despite being unsure as to whether I would use them this year, a time crunch dictated the necessity. I was glad to have them on hand and hope my friends will be happy to receive them.

Wishing all of my readers and followers all the love their hearts can hold!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!