Outbound Mail Art: A Little of This and a Bit of That….

Spending no less than two full hours a day in the studio is bound to lead to productivity. That was the assumption when I began the experiment and I am happy to say that it held true for me.

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Death’s Grip

It’s like Pablo Picasso said, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

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USPS Trash Po Collage: Liberty Forever

I spent most of the holiday weekend immersed in my own little world.

Natural Beauty

Natural Beauty

Creating with regularity has led to a happier me.

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Only Sure Things in Life: DEATH and TAXES

Sorry to blog and run, but the studio is calling!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

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Affirmations of a Confident Woman

The White Shadows mail art call has been on my radar for a few months now. Ideas have flitted through my brain, only to be dismissed as “not quite right.”

Over the weekend, inspiration finally took hold and this is what transpired…

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‘Affirmations of a Confident Woman’ turned out far better than I ever thought it might.

Christy Tomlinson (Scarlet Lime) developed this cool line of products with Pink Paislee, of which the white printed coffee filter paper is a part. It worked really well for my purposes here. I particularly like the shading that occurred as the gel medium (used to adhere the piece to black card stock) dried. It brought a depth to the piece that I did not expect.

Happy Trash (and Memorial Day!) to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Trash Po Mail Art Fit for a Scrapbook?

At first glance, these two pieces might look like pages from a scrapbook.

The first one uses a comical sticker passed out at a home show a few years back. I ask you… what else was I to do with it?

Inspired by the colors of the sticker, I searched my stash for bits that would keep the palette crisp.

Don’t Drown! It will Spoil Your Day! Choose Joy!

Don't Drown! I

Freddie the fish clearly wants to save us from the fate of drowning! You’re right, Freddie, it would spoil our day! πŸ™‚ We should all heed his warning! πŸ™‚

This next piece began with a torn remnant fabric tag from Hobby Lobby. The royal blue and orange just made me HAPPY! πŸ™‚ (Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap!) πŸ™‚

What is it with me and ORANGE these days?

The colors gave me, not only the palette, but the title as well; Royal Orange Dream.

Royal Orange Dream I

A reversed Field and Stream clothing tag and long saved tickets joined with bits of tape, stickers, a painted brad, an odd bit of trim and a lone button to carry on the palette. Lots of ink gave a colorful base on which to stitch the bits.

Trash Po mail art fit for a scrapbook??? Hmmm….

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Simplicity

Never before have I blogged a piece of mail art I received with the piece being returned to the sender. Not sure why. I guess it’s just been easier for me to go with incoming and outgoing.

Today, is the exception.

A simple white postcard arrived in my mailbox. One side was neatly addressed. The other side was typed using carbon paper. The purplish blue type, so unique in today’s correspondence told me this was no ordinary mail.

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My husband always gets the mail. He delights in producing mail art from the stack of bills and junk because my reaction is always giddy and over-the-top. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this in a stack of junk mail I was sorting!

At first, I thought maybe it was a happy accident. I did not recognize the name of the sender. Who was Thomas Brown? Where did he find me? It’s not so difficult, I admit, as I belong to so many mail art and letter writing groups. More intriguing even than the sender was the content.

The hubby said, “It must be from someone in the mail art community.” I wasn’t so sure. I sat on the piece over the weekend, just pondering the whole thing.

Then, yesterday morning, I pulled up IUOMA (The International Union of Mail Artists) and searched for Thomas Brown. A photo of a piece came up under the name, but then I noticed a Bhomas Trown in the registry! Surely, this must be him! I took a gander at his profile and the return address was the same!

Mystery solved! I admit to being slightly disappointed at reconciling the details so quickly. I truly expected it to be more challenging. Or did I learn more from reading all those Agatha Christie novels than I previously thought?

Taking a cue from the simplicity of Thomas’ postcard, I created ‘This Is Not White.’ It was inspired by a Clorox bleach campaign from a few years back.

This Is Not White I

When it came to the reverse side, I paid homage to the typewritten piece and the man behind it.

This Is Not White I (Back)

All bits were scraps left behind from other projects.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

The Warhol Celebrates 20 Years!

Has it really been THAT long? A friend remembers being there for opening night and she could scarce believe it.

Two years or twenty, one thing hasn’t changed; NO photos allowed. The only op I got was on the sofa in front of the huge photo of Andy sprawled out on the same.

Hey, it’s better than nothing. At least it’s proof I was there! πŸ™‚

20th Anniversary of The Warhol, Pittsburgh, PA

Love the silver painted brick wall, so reminiscent of the Silver Factory!

My trip could only have been made better by the appearance of a ‘Shot Marilyn’ hanging inΒ  the gallery. Go ahead, sue me for hoping! πŸ™‚

All of the folks out there who do what we do (Pop Art of any kind) should be thankful for folks like Andy, George Maciunas, and Ray Johnson, among countless others. They paved the way, set the stage and endured criticism from the masses for being outlandish, untalented, foolish, and desperate for attention. Thankfully, time has chosen to remember them and their contributions differently.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

In the Mail: A Wealth of Goodies!

My mailbox has been bustling these days. On average, I seem to be getting a piece of mail art every other day. That makes this girl very happy, indeed!

Feast your eyes on this piece from Larry Marotta. He recently got into mail art and has seemingly jumped in with both feet! No toe dipping for Larry!

Larry Marotta I

He is very insistent that I get rid of the RATS! (I love that he re-purposed a local mailer.)

Larry Marotta II

His fun doodles are very encouraging!

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They help to ease the harshness of the message. πŸ˜€

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The reverse side of this super-sized postcard was a delight! It made me feel as if I were floating in the ocean, RATS, or no. So much fun here! Thanks Larry!

Fleur Helsingor sent this tiny gem to brighten my day. It is only slightly larger than an ATC.

Fleur Helsingor, CA, USA

The photo doesn’t do justice to the sparkly nature of the “Fantasy Sculpture” she created. In her own words, “Fantasy Sculpture: ‘The Tower on the Opposite Coast’ is an altered photograph of Eastshore State Park, Emeryville, California, with a view of San Fransisco in the background.” It’s lovely, Fleur!

The organic feel of Mim Scalin’s collages is addictive!

Mim Scalin, VA, USA

The juxtaposition of young and old couples with the color and texture of the other elements to bring sheer joy! Thank you, Mim!

When this piece arrived from Dean Marks, I was reminded of lanterns floating in the sky….

Dean Marks, France

He made this piece in Crete. As he resides in France, I can only guess that he was on holiday at the time. His message tells me, “I got a lot of good mail art ideas in Zurich. This isn’t one of them!” I didn’t think it was so bad, Dean. πŸ˜€

Carina Granlund is from Finland. She departed from her usual whimsical style of collage to play with her new alphabet stamp in this piece…

Carina Granlund, Finland

Is that Mr. Magoo I see? FUN! Thanks, Carina!

That concludes the mail art tour for this week.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Challenge Accepted!

‘Challenge Accepted’ is the new series of FREE weekly projects from The Sketchbook Project.

This is my first time participating. This week, we were challenged to create a collage in five minutes with found materials. The Challenge appealed to me and I’m sure you can guess why!

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A quick walk along the roadside, produced these trashy bits. I put them to black card stock and Voila!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

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