In the Mail: International Goodies!

Everyone knows that I delight in receiving mail art. The only thing better? International mail art, of course!

This post mixes a bit of both, giving me the best of both worlds.

Ruud Janssen sent a print of a recent work along with some other mail art goodies in a sweet rubber-stamped envie.

Ruud Janssen NETHERLANDS

Ruud Janssen, Netherlands

Lucky Pierre sent me a few of her photo postcards for my own use. A very kind gesture! Thank you!

Lucky Pierre, South Carolina

Lucky Pierre, South Carolina

Ed Giecek sent an envelope so jam packed that it needed its own photo gallery! Love his hand-cut stamps!

Carina Granlund sent one of her digital collage pieces along with a few other goodies. It must be said that I love Finland’s postage stamps!

FromCarinaGranlundFinland

Carina Granlund, Finland

From Moan Lisa comes the Feed The Fish tri-fold brochure for the gallery showing with Renata Solimini at Five Monkeys. (I wrote about that mail art call here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/monday-morning-mail-art-call-feed-the-fish/ ) For some reason, my scanner insisted on dividing it up, rather than scan the two sides.

 

Jill Eudaly recently read The Professor and the Madman and was inspired to create a new mail art series she calls Scriptorium Nonboredium. I was one of the first lucky recipients.

Jill Eudaly, Pennsylvania

Jill Eudaly, Pennsylvania

And last, but not least is the Janus Mail Art Catalogue 10. I submitted a collaboration between myself and Matt Taggart for Your Sonic Views. I love the catalogues E.J. creates for these calls. They contain full-color images of all submissions along with credits. This is my third or fourth time participating.

Eberhard Janke, Germany

Eberhard Janke, Germany

That’s all for now.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

In The Mail: Lots of Goodies

It’s been quite a while since I’ve shared any of the mail art I’ve received. I won’t go back and try to catch up, that would only serve to frustrate us both. Instead, I will share some of the most recent gems.

The Cracker Jack Kid, aka Chuck Welch, sent a piece he’d posted on Facebook, that I had expressed interest in receiving. It arrived damaged and I was unable to thoroughly read his message. Such is the organic nature of the beast that is mail art.

Jude Weirmeir who is responsible for Subscription Opus sent along a fun piece, but unfortunately it lost something in transit as well. The front seems to be missing its center “wheel.”

From the Stafford Studio in New Mexico came this anonymous gem, but the style is unmistakable. The inside of the envie reads, “RAW NAKED WISDOM DIRECT FROM THE SOURCE.”

Anna Banana Sent her most recent issue of the Banana Rag my way. Always a fascinating read!

Banana Rag

A couple of Valentines made an appearance, despite the fact that I did not send any out this year. They warmed the cockles of my cold, cold heart. (Brrrr….)

From Lucky Pierre in Charleston, South Carolina:

Lucky Pierre Valentine

From Jill Eudaly of You-R-Here:

You-R-Here Valentine Jill Eudaly

Thanks to everyone for brightening my mailbox! And warming my heart! 🙂

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

In the Mail: Hallowed Greetings and More!

The last few weeks have been tough for me. Pushing to meet deadlines on several fronts and the loss of our beloved pet, Little Lizzie Big Ears, coupled with time constraints to bump up my stress levels.

In the previous post, I showed you how I was coping, allowing myself to create backgrounds, in order to unwind.

Sitting down to open and read my mail art haul is one of my favorite ways to de-stress.

For Halloween, the following gems appeared in the mail box…

Priory Limericks I

From Thom Courcelle

Priory Limericks (back)

Priory Limericks (back)

I hadn’t heard from Thom in some time, as he had recently relocated from the West Coast to the East. Truth be told, I was quite surprised, albeit delighted to hear from him. Can you make out what the stamp above says? 😀

Halloween Swap 2014 from Terry Owenby

From Terry Owenby

A sense of belonging and acceptance is what I treasure most from my participation in the online group, The Studio. The mail is pretty sweet too! Terry Owenby sent this ghostly piece my way in fulfillment of the Halloween Swap we joined.

Edgar Allen Pooh by KDJ

Edgar Allen Pooh by KDJ

KDJ isn’t heard from often these days… too many other real-world responsibilities just now. So you can imagine my surprise at receiving this awesome piece! For someone who loves Edgar Allan Poe and Pooh, I was thrilled by it!

This THRILLING piece hails from Amy Irwen

From Amy Irwen

Speaking of being thrilled, This THRILLING piece hails from Amy Irwen. Her collages are always fun and often stitched. This one did not disappoint!

JillLeafPrint

From Jill Eudaly

Don’t you just love the wood block print from Jill Eudaly, Recycled Daze? The Oak leaves have an awesome texture that this scan didn’t quite capture… The stitching really helped to set it off. You can read more about her adventure in woodblock printing here: http://www.jeudaly.blogspot.com/2014/10/mail-art-out-going-mail-today.html#links

The following mail also arrived…

From Diane Keys

From Diane Keys

Diane Keys must’ve been in a fall mood, or else the squirrels were in her head again… Rusty orange colored label trashpo, a DKULT treasure, to be sure!

From David Stafford

From David Stafford

David Stafford finally got his very own circle punch! Can you tell? The simplicity of this piece stopped me dead in my tracks. It brought to mind a ghostly vision of a white bowling ball….

From Cinzia Farina, ITALY

From Cinzia Farina, ITALY

My first correspondence from Cinzia Farina of ITALY is quite the gem! Yes, that IS real thread weaving through the fingers of the collaged hand! Simply Stunning!

From Jill Adamy

From Jill Adamy

And last, but certainly not least, I present an offering from Jill Adamy of http://www.glimmerbug.com/. She also belongs to the online group, The Studio. When she learned that I was mourning the loss of our Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Little Lizzie Big Ears, she reached out to cheer me with a piece of her art. It measures approximately 81/2″ x 11″ and this scan does not do it justice. The colors are much brighter and the glass beads, added with gel medium, do not show up at all. Trust me, it is way more awesome in person!

Thank you, to all whose mail art helped to lighten some really dark days. It meant more than you could ever know.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

P.S. In my haste to publish this post, I realized that I neglected to include a very special mail art package. The images were on my camera card which was not in my possession at the time of this post. My sincerest apologies to Julia Jaques, whose package I savored, opening in stages, so as to derive full enjoyment from it. Check it out…

Julia 2014 Halloween I

The envelope was fun, but the contents, were over the top!

Julia 2014 Halloween II

The packet design was way cool!

Julia 2014 Halloween III

Inside the packet was an ATC and what else? Treats!

Thanks ever so much, Julia! It was like Christmas at Halloween! You truly outdid yourself!

 

In the Mail: An Autumnal Feast!

The list of those to whom I owe mail just keeps growing… like the plethora of leaves currently falling from the trees!

Take a look at this bountiful haul and you’ll see what I mean…

Hedgehog mail art from Sheri Rice! I can’t help but wonder if she’s going through the entire alphabet.

Sheri Rice H is for Hedgehog (front)

Sheri Rice H is for Hedgehog (back)

The latest Banana Rag (in a gorgeous envelope) arrived from none other than Anna Banana, complete with artistamps! I’m in love!

Anna Banana Rag

Thomas Brown continues to amaze…

TBrownOct2014

It’s been a while since I received a piece from Douglas Galloway. It must be said that he was the first IUOMA mail artist from whom I received mail. His digital art is always a delight.

DouglasGallowayII

Keith Chambers was kind enough to send me a little something orange.

KeithChambersOrangeI

This beautiful collage from Adrienne Mason really dressed up the box, the day it arrived! Natural elements with a touch of orange! Who wouldn’t love this piece?

AdrienneMasonSept2014

Tiffany Bahan sent a wildly colorful piece from Ohio. I thought the print had great texture.

TiffanyBahan

This most awesome collage from Susan McAllister has so much going on, that I notice something new each time I look at it.

SusanMcAllisterOct2014

Last month, David Stafford combined the work of Nancy Bell Scott with a piece I sent him and added his own handiwork to create the piece below. When he posted it, my response was that I wanted a print I could frame for the studio. David obviously seeks to please…

CollabNBS-LKR-DStafford

Arriving on the very same day, from David, was ‘The Walrus’ She Gone, a Tale of New Identities.’ It arrived complete with the offer of ‘A Thrilling New Superfluous Service.’ It really did deserve its very own blog post, but as most of you know, I’m finding it difficult to post weekly these days. Check it out:

DS Walrus I DS Walrus II DS Walrus III DS Superflous Service I DS Superfluous Service II

Many thanks to all for the wonderful mail art! You guys are awesome!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

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!

 

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!

 

 

In the Mail: More Awesomeness!

So certain I had published this blog post last week… but when I went to begin a new one, here it sat….

Before I get into the roll call of Awesomeness, I just want to say that I am dangerously close to publishing my 100th blog post here at Trash Bubbles and Life’s Little Bits! It must be said that the blog is nearing 100 followers as well. I was thinking that we need to do something to celebrate… but what? PLEASE leave your ideas in the comments section!

Now, on to the Awesomeness!

The following pieces came my way via the Whimsical Garden exchange. From Jackie Davidson, ‘Where Faeries Dance’ arrived, along with a print from the hostess, Jill Adamy.

WhereFaeriesDanceJackieDavidson

WhimsicalGardenJillAdamy

Mail from Dean Marks (Paris, France) is always a joy to receive and this piece is no exception. Tour de France and so much more!

TourdeFranceDean Marks

From Finland, a collage on black from Carina Granlund.

CarinaGranlund2014

Corrine Gilman (Massachusetts) has been restoring an old farmstead this spring and summer. You can imagine my surprise at hearing from her, considering how much she’s had on her plate.

SummerInFullBloomCorrineGilman

Prior to leaving for Quebec City on vacation, Mim Scalin (Virginia) sent this piece, a print of one of her collages.

FromMim2014

From Susan McAllister (California) this collage on black was a textural delight!

SusanMcAllister2014

D.S. Kohlberg (Florida) surprised me with an encaustic piece entitled, ‘Words Escape Me.’

WordsEscapeMeDSKKohlberg

The collage stylings of Jane Smith (California) always makes me smile. 😀

JaneSmithSummer2014

And last, but not least, Amy Irwen from Minnesota sent this piece. The collage, acrylic and stitching atop the texture of the paper towel background was refreshing. The envelope was not too shabby either!

GenesisAmyIrwen

Thanks to everyone for all of the AWESOMENESS that graced my mail box recently!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

In the Mail: Around the World and to My Door!

These past few weeks have kept me so occupied with creating icads and sending out mail art (not to mention spending time with the grand-baby and vacationing!) that I have had no time to blog about the wonderful things I’ve found in the mail!

Let’s have a go now…

This piece, from David Stafford, tells the tale of Mrs. Mortadella. (Please do, enlarge to read!) I cannot help but wonder… Sophia Palumba and Mrs. Mortadella have the same… What? Do I wait for another installment? Or… Should I write the next one?

From John Held Jr.

Everything from John Held arrived perforated! Love it! The artistamp sheet rocked my world! I could stare at it for hours on end and still see something I had not seen previously.

FromMaryGrellner

Mary Grellner sent this cache. The monochromatic photo was cool, but the collage was my favorite element.

Giovanni and Renata Stradada

Giovanni and Renata StradaDA surprised me with this envelope of Cavellini tribute goodies!

LarryMarottaEnv

Hidden inside a relatively plain mailing envelope from Larry Marotta was this collaged packet, whose metro fortune tells me that a refreshing change is in my future! Hmmm… Does Larry know something I don’t? Time will tell….

Whatever I did to garner two pieces from David Stafford in the span of a month, I hope I do it again! (Please be sure to enlarge to read!) Mr. Stafford informs me that this is the piece I requested… I am thoroughly befuddled!

DanMouerOORedux

Dan Mouer got my attention when he sent me a redux of my Observations in Orange! Boy, that piece has really gotten around!

WhenWillToupeesLookRealJF

This packing tape collage from Jon Foster made me smile! When WILL toupees look real? Indeed!

SheriRice

Sheri Rice’s collaged postcard put me in a thoughtful mood… What do you want to do today? Hmmm….

GuidoVBelgium

Guido Vermeulen never ceases to delight me with his envelopes! The contents aren’t too shabby either!

AdrienneCANADA

What a fun collage this was from Adrienne in CanadaDA!

DKPatchouliScentedMA

Oooops! I almost forgot about the lovely piece of scented mail art from the Elgin Mansion! DK latched onto my love of patchouli and Oh! Boy! She also awarded me with my hippie girl name… Lynn Starfire Radford. My nose is still twitching!

Thanks to all for brightening my days and providing relief from bills and junk mail!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

In the Mail: What a Haul!

WOW!

Just look at all the mail I’ve received since our last ‘In the Mail’ post and you’ll being saying, “WOW!” too.

Arriving in an envelope made from what looks to be a kitschy, glossy magazine page, Amy Irwen’s packing tape transfer/collage was built on a piece cut from a cracker box. ‘The lone weed will tumble thousands of miles.’ It put me in mind of the movie, ‘You’ve Got Mail,’ specifically the scene where Frank is writing a piece about Kathleen’s Shop Around the Corner. He types away… “You are a lone reed, standing tall, waving boldly, in the corrupt sands of commerce.” Thank you, Amy!

Amy Irwen

Reusing an envelope from Google Headquarters, Diane Keys (http://dianekeys.blogspot.com/) mailed me a piece of what she calls, “Toy Trashpo.” It made me smile like only DK’s trashpo can! A sensory delight, it must have been “PRE-PURIFIED” with patchouli because my nose was in Heaven!

Toy Trashpo Diane Keys I

The reverse reveals that the piece was built upon a advertising postcard. Nothing goes to waste in the Elgin Mansion. Thank you, ever so, Diane!

Toy Trashpo Diane Keys II

Folks in Germany produce some phenomenal mail art. This piece is from Funf Blanks (http://www.5blanks.com/) It appears to be acrylic on a piece of discarded mat board. Great texture here! That reminds me, I have yet to submit to the Angels and Demons mail art call….

5Blanks Germany

The stamps on the back are awesome too!

5Blanks Germany II

Ana Karina sent me this wallet of goodies inside a brightly painted envelope.

Ana Karina I

Opened, it reveals a cool magazine page turned collage/poem, a 10 Yuan note from HELLBANK ONE (LoL!) and a scrap of signatures containing that of ‘EL FAMOSO RIKY McDONALD.’ Thanks, Ana!

Ana Karina II

Speaking of wallets… this one, filled with FLUXUS BUCKS and scented with more patchouli (Yay! Nose twitching!) came from Julie Jefferies. The slide of Leningrad made for a tremendous photo op! I simply loved that the postage was made up of vintage postage stamps! Many thanks to Julie at Fluxus Bucks International!

JJ Ex Posto Facto

Karen Arp-Sandel (http://karenarpsandel.com/) returned a piece to me from FeMail.

FeMail Karen Arp-Sandel I

A pre-printed postcard of a postal collage, the front was nothing in comparison to the back! Karen actually took the time to customize the piece with a bit o’ trash, referencing the piece I’d sent and letting me know she’d taken time to learn a bit about me. Way cool, Karen!

FeMail Karen Arp-Sandel II

Thomas Brown creates some fantastic rubber stamps and this is no exception! The colors aren’t quite true in this photo, but you get the idea. Thanks, Bhomas!

Thomas Brown Everywhere's a Here and There

Gail Anderson used a topographical map to create the envelope in which she sent this unusual collage piece. Layers of doodling, images and tape made this one pop! Thank you, Gail!

Gail Anderson

Last, but not least, Nancy Bell Scott is one of those folks from whom I long to get mail. Her pieces are few and far between, but when they arrive, they are always over-the-top! Check it out… this is the back of the envelope!

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She has been working on “glue-less collages” that are small in stature, large in detail. Her note (written on page 110 from an old copy of Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’) tells me “There IS tape.”

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‘Conduit’ is comprised of multiple layers creating rich texture. Thanks, Nancy!

Conduit NBS III

That’s all for now. I’ve got to get caught up on a few things before revealing any more!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!