This morning’s Monday Morning Mail Art Call is a little different from the ones that have come before, in that I am not only announcing a call, but paying tribute to a dear friend and fellow mail artist who passed away in 2014.
Guido Vermeulen was a “POET, MAIL ARTIST, PAINTER.” He was the self-proclaimed “dispatcher from signs and stones” and the “Editor of FRIOUR Network Magazine.”
He impacted the lives of everyone with whom he came in contact. Many became treasured friends via their regular correspondence with him. I am no exception.
Guido and I met through mail art, but we quickly bonded on many levels which gave us plenty to discuss as we sent envelopes back and forth and interacted via social media. We never did meet in person and I am saddened that I will not be able to collect on the promised hugs in this lifetime.
Recently, Guido’s birthday passed. He would have been 62. Many of us have been thinking of him and reminiscing. I’d remembered having seen a call for Guido inspired mail art and I created an envelope for the event, only to find that I had not saved the information. I was distraught at the thought of having created a tribute to my dear friend, only to drop the ball.
This past week, an envelope from another dear friend gave me the information I’d thought was lost to me.
This is the envelope I painted with acrylic inks for the call:
Had I sent this on to Guido, there would have been discussion, no doubt. Were they bunny ears? Was it a two headed monster? Were they representative of demons? Alas, we have to think on these points without Guido’s thoughts.
An envelope much like those Guido often used was utilized for the project and I even took care to address it in the manner he most often used. Having plenty of his cards, I used one on the envelope, a testament to his having been here.
This morning, this piece is on its way. I hope that it touches people as it goes, just like Guido did.
Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!