Outbound Mail Art: Another Mail Art 365 Update

Time flies when you’re having fun… and when your mind is in several places at once!

With so much going on, outgoing posts were left to pile up.

Now, to catch up!

052/365 Prince of Darkness Seeks Head

052/365 Prince of Darkness Seeks Head

053/365 Energizer Bunny: Secret Revealed

053/365 Energizer Bunny: Secret Revealed

054/365-075/365 Miss Birdie Thanks You

054/365-075/365 Miss Birdie Thanks You

076/365 America: What happened to our VOICE?

076/365 America: What happened to our VOICE?

077/365 EAT at Veronica's

077/365 EAT at Veronica’s

078/365 Happiness

078/365 Happiness

079/365 The Frog Prince

079/365 The Frog Prince

080/365 ARRR!

080/365 ARRR!

081/365 HOME

081/365 HOME

082/365 Legend of the Sand Dollar

082/365 Legend of the Sand Dollar

084/365 thru 108/365 were the Halloween postcards made from six-pack carriers seen in the pictures below…

M.H.W.S. (8)

Saranac New (8)

Saranac Old (6)

Nosferatu (4)

109/365 The Witch Is In

109/365 The Witch Is In

110/365 thru 115/365 was a series of six entitled Citrus Square Dance…

Citrus Square Dance No. 1 & 2

Citrus Square Dance No. 3 & 4

Citrus Square Dance No. 5 & 6

116/365 In The Round

116/365 In The Round

117/365 Disney Movie Empire I

117/365 Disney Movie Empire I

118/365 Speak(h)er Thoughts Collaboration with Matt Taggart

118/365 Speak(h)er Thoughts Collaboration with Matt Taggart

For International Banana Day, the following mail art went out to some very special Bananas…

119/365 Psychedelic Banana Mandala

119/365 Psychedelic Banana Mandala

120/365 Banana Label Mix-Up

120/365 Banana Label Mix-Up

121/365 Banana Blend Freeze Grill Mix

121/365 Banana Blend Freeze Grill Mix

122/365 Banana Go YoNanas Mix Up

122/365 Banana Go YoNanas Mix Up

123/365 Banana Dole Meets Warhol I

123/365 Banana Dole Meets Warhol I

123/365 Banana Dole Meets Warhol II

124/365 Banana Dole Meets Warhol II

125/365 Banana Dole Meets Warhol III

125/365 Banana Dole Meets Warhol III

Whew! All caught up!

Now, I’m off to the studio to make ART!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

 

Banana Hat Lands in New Mexico!

The Banana Hat.

It took months to create…

And then it was off…

That’s when I realized that I’d neglected to take pics of it!

Good old David Stafford to the rescue!

Rear Admiral Len Bumeister (David Stafford)

When the first thoughts of a Banana Hat for David Stafford (born at IUOMA’s Bananas Group and greatly encouraged by Dean Marks, Artist in Seine) were flying through my brain, I’d no idea what might come of it, if anything.

Understandably then, this went far beyond anything I ever could have imagined! David has a most amazing sense of humor which blends effortlessly with his performance-like photographs.

The word play was a particular delight!

The Admiral's Demented Daughter (David Stafford)

Thank you, David! Many thanks to Rear Admiral Len Bumeister and his demented daughter, as well!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

In the Mail: Brazil, Portugal and… Albuquerque?

Never, did I think I’d see a pharaoh from Brazil! Alas, Patricio, The Celestial Scribe sent just that!Celestial Scribe IWith a declaration which reads, “THE PHARAOH DRIVES ME BANANAS!!!”DSC_0727Dare I hope to find banana mail inside?DSC_0728And what a find! It was a dialogue between Llama and Banana! “You drive me bananas!” “You drive me Llamas!” Banana Llama ding dong!DSC_0729Thank you, Patricio, for the highly entertaining Pharaoh, Llama, Banana mail!

From Portugal, Eduardo Cardoso sent an envelope full of goodies!DSC_0730I simply loved the image of the old horse-drawn trolley on the front of the envelope!

The back was graced with rubber stamp images.DSC_0731Check out all the goodies inside!Eduardo Cardoso XA most excellent print was contained within! Love me some gray scale! Overlapping strips give depth and interest in which I could easily become lost! DSC_0732That wasn’t all… a lovely note and a trash book also made the trip! DSC_0733Color exploded when I opened it!DSC_0734Thumbing through the trash pages, I found foreign bits that were comfortingly familiar.DSC_0735Notice that the book is openly declared to be “Authentic DKULT Trash.”DSC_0736Thank you ever so much, Eduardo, for the bountiful mail art!

This piece arrived anonymously from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I could only guess that it was the work of the Amazing David Stafford! It didn’t take long for the confirmation to redeem my suspicions.893099_10203799485730208_7104419925445962266_oThe paint chips alone wouldn’t have explained so much as they did with their color names.

The Tickled Crow will live forever in my repertoire of punny mail art!10256754_10203799481410100_5959849971979574839_oMuch and heartfelt thanks for the amusement, David!

Hope you all enjoyed sharing in the delights of my recent mail box treasures!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Dan Landrum’s Digi-Distortions

Recently, I had the honor of crossing paths with a digital designer who enjoys mixing it up. His name is Dan Landrum. You can find him at http://appleeyedesign.com/.

It all began with some scans of mail art I sent out long ago. This piece was sent to Jane Smith in 2012…

Alphabet in the Round No. 2:4 Sent to Jane Smith 2012

Dan played with it and it became this…

riffing_LynnRadford_AlphaRoundIandII_0003 Dan Landrum

He didn’t stop there. Read on to see more before and after photos…

False Faces Front Sent to Val 2012

VinylclocksFalseFacesLynnRadford Dan Landrum

riffing_LynnRadford_FalseFacesFront Dan Landrum

And…

Paper Mache Banana

riffing_LynnRadford_Bananagram Dan Landrum

riffing_LynnRadford_Bananagram02_ArtistinSeine Dan Landrum

And…

Dean Marks, David Stafford, Lynn Radford Banana-gram

riffing_LynnRadford_Bananagram02 Dan Landrum

And…

Consumer Consciousness XII We've Got the Goods!

riffing_LynnRadford_WeveGottheGoods Dan Landrum

What I like most about Dan’s digital renditions is that he is recycling art, creating something new from something old, collaborating with artists and bringing new life to their work. He wastes no supplies in so doing and everything is stored in the ether.

Imitation is said to be the best form of flattery, but I disagree. I believe that the best form of flattery comes when someone is inspired to add to, or manipulate a piece of your work.

Here, Dan uses an old scan of ‘A Study in Blue’ to illustrate my point…

Flattery Dan Landrum

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Banana Landing Recorded in France!

A few of you might recall a February blog post involving Banana Mail. If you have no idea to what I am referring, you can read the post here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/on-my-desk-go-bananas/

One of the featured pieces I’d prepared to send to a mail art cohort in France was a paper mache banana.

Paper Mache Banana-gram

It took a while to actually get this one moving through the post. In my over-zealousness, I neglected to fill out the proper customs form and was turned away.

The Banana-gram and I pouted a bit, filled out the form and returned to the local post office where a cool postal worker, Jim (Thanks, Jim!) made sure that the Banana-gram would safely make the trip without further ado! (What a guy, that Jim!)

It wasn’t long before the Banana-gram had arrived in Paris! Alas, it had a short wait while the sender was notified and could make the trip to retrieve it….

The following blog post will fill in the details of the story, even going so far as to provide some great photographs of the Banana-gram in its new environment!

http://iuoma-network.ning.com/profiles/blogs/lynn-radford-peels-another-one-my-way

See, Jim? I told you it would arrive in one piece!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

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.