In the Mail: Claire Dinsmore Out Does Herself!

Every once in a while, a piece of mail art is so fantastic, so intricately detailed, that it requires its own blog post.

That is certainly true with this most awesome packet from Claire Dinsmore, aka: CLEO.

Claire Dinsmore I

The custom-size, handmade envelope snuggly contains the contents. The blue and copper metallic papers she used in its construction are much richer than the camera reveals, despite my best attempts with the lighting.

Claire Dinsmore II

Her washi tapes are always unique, many coming from Japan. I have long admired her composition and use of natural color palette/muted colors.

Claire Dinsmore III

The wax paper packet inside is held together with, what else? Washi!

Claire Dinsmore IV

It was so classy, I didn’t want to open the packet. Instead, I simply studied its elements from the outside for days… and days!

Finally, I had to dig in…

Claire Dinsmore V

Wow! The bounty! What a visual feast!

Thank you so very much, Claire!

So much great mail art has been rolling in these days. I finally put together a list of all the folks to whom I owe mail and it is intimidating. As soon I can clear my desk of deadlines and commitments, I’ll be hitting it hard!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

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In the Mail: Arty Gifties!

You all know I love mail, specifically mail art.

What’s better than that?

It doesn’t seem like anything could be, but there is one thing…

ARTY GIFTIES!

What do I mean?

Check it out!

Last week, I was lucky enough to receive two such packages in the mail!

A fellow artist/mail artist in Pittsburgh put it out there that she had Indian paper scraps to share to the first five folks who showed interest. Guess who jumped on that bandwagon?

Here’s what Jessica sent:

Indian Paper Scraps from Jessica

Can you say, “Awesome?” Thanks for sharing, Jessica!

Another friend had some duplicate stencils and very generously offered them to me:

From Julia

Thank you, Julia! These are AMAZING!

So grateful for my friends’ generosity!

Now, to finish a few projects so that I can spare the time to play with my arty gifties!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Studio Chaos!

Seth Apter (http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/) has challenged us to share our studio work tables in all their messy glory in his collaborative effort, Studio Table Reveal!

Deciding to take the plunge, I knew I’d be in good company. Pop on over http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/2014/09/studio-table-reveal.html to see in excess of eighty different artist work tables in various stages of artistic goodness! It just goes to show that creativity is a messy subject… you have to get in and get dirty!

My work table (an old farm table) rarely exposes a work space larger than eighteen inches square. Arty clutter surrounds me despite my attempt to follow the rule, “A place for everything and everything in its place.”

Studio Work Table in the Raw

Today, you can see several projects in various stages of completion, along with the supplies I’m using, scattered about the work surface.

In addition, I have a U-shaped work table that tends to accumulate art supplies, as well as serve as my sewing station.

Horseshoe Work Table in the Raw

Note the random drawers hanging open to the left of the sewing machine and the stack of supplies on top of the stool below… chaos suspended in time.

This challenge got me thinking about cleaning… I mean, when was the last time I thoroughly cleaned the place? But… I’m simply too busy creating!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

In the Mail: Jackpot!

Recently, time to blog has taken a back seat to spending time in the studio. A girl’s gotta have her priorities, right?

Just now, I’m taking a little down time to let some ideas simmer and give much needed drying time to other projects in various stages. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend it, than to share my recent mail with you. I heard from a few of my favorite people, some of them more than once!

The following pieces amount to a months worth of mail…

Portrait of America from Moan Lisa

From Moan Lisa

From Richard Baudet Marseille, France

From Richard Baudet Marseille, France

Special Delivery via NYC from Sandra LeFever

Special Delivery via NYC from Sandra LeFever

Two in two days from Thomas Brown

Two in two days from Thomas Brown

Another bitty package from Sandra Lefever upon her arrival back home!

Another bitty package from Sandra Lefever upon her arrival back home! A miniature Fish windsock!

US Mail piece from Jessica Manack Pittsburgh, PA

US Mail piece from Jessica Manack

Second Mailing in a month from Moan Lisa!

Second Mailing in a month from Moan Lisa!

ANOTHER from Thomas Brown!

ANOTHER from Thomas Brown!

Nothing like a little mail to introduce a new friend! Thanks, Marni Webber!

Nothing like a little mail to introduce a new friend! Thanks, Marni Webber!

I joined a new group at IUOMA, Orange Lovers. I sent a few pieces out and true to form, orange mail is now landing in my mail box!

Dreaming Orange by Jan Hodgman

Dreaming Orange by Jan Hodgman

 

An orange collage from Angie Cope

An orange collage from Angie Cope

An orange collage from Tina Wittmer

An orange collage from Tina Wittmer

Orange mail from Dean Marks

Round Oranginess from Dean Marks Paris, France

And the reverse…

Round Oranginess from Dean Marks, reverse

Round Oranginess from Dean Marks, reverse

PHEW!

Now, THAT’S what I call a JACKPOT!

Thanks to everyone for the great mail art!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Energizer Bunny: Secret Revealed!

Long awaited, by some…

Eagerly anticipated by others…

Forgotten in a far away realm by many more…

It’s finally here!

The most recent Trash Bubble to fly from The Studio at Piney Creek Acres!

Energizer Bunny: Secret Revealed

The idea, along with a partially assembled bubble, floated around the studio for many months. Tired of looking at it, knowing what must be done, I got to work and Voila!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Update: Mini Glue Book Round Robin 2014 and a Word of Thanks

It must be said, I am in love with ZETTI!

So much so, that I made the leap and ordered one of Teesha Moore’s rubber stamp sets!

Previously, I’ve only played with the Zetti style of collage art in fits and starts. Mostly, I tried some elements out on art journal pages.

This Mini Glue Book Round Robin has changed me. I seem to be THINKING in a Zetti-frame-of-mind!

These are the last two, two-page spreads I’ve completed:

Hold on to Dreams

The themes have been challenging to interpret. The theme for the book above seemed to be dreams, pursuing them and achieving them.

The theme for the book below was Tea Time.

Tea Time

Finally, I just wanted to thank everyone who commented on my 100th blog post, helping me to celebrate! THANK YOU! I have just finished the piece I’ll be sending to you all. You know who you are! 😀

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!