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: 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outbound Mail Art: Mail Art 365 Update

The summer has found me lagging in many areas. It’s a lazy time, summer. One just wants to languish.

Recently, I’ve been making a consorted effort to catch-up on my Mail Art 365 postings. I think you’ll agree that I’ve made tremendous headway.

Some of these may look familiar from earlier posts, others are new to the blog.

Enjoy!

A Bite of Lunch 009/365

A Bite of Lunch 009/365

Embroidered Floral 010/365

Embroidered Floral 010/365

Medusa's Allure 011/365

Medusa’s Allure 011/365

DoOdLe Flowers 012/365

DoOdLe Flowers 012/365

Geometric Dance 013/365

Geometric Dance 013/365

A Classical Movement in Scraps 014/365

A Classical Movement in Scraps 014/365

A Cigar Band Sampler 015/365

A Cigar Band Sampler 015/365

Big Pharma 016/365

Big Pharma 016/365

It seems I somehow doubled up on the sixteenth piece. I wonder… Does that mean I’ll be finished with my 364th piece? 🙂

Nymph in Dragonfly Pond 016/365

Nymph in Dragonfly Pond 016/365

Sunshine on My Shoulder 017/365

Sunshine on My Shoulder 017/365

Vintage Sewing Sampler 018/365

Vintage Sewing Sampler 018/365

Then Why Does Dad MOW the Grass? 019/365

Then Why Does Dad MOW the Grass? 019/365

Enchanted Winter Trees 020/365

Enchanted Winter Trees 020/365

A Paisley Sampler 021/365

A Paisley Sampler 021/365

Jumping the Grid 022/365

Jumping the Grid 022/365

Red Ball Tangle 023/365

Red Ball Tangle 023/365

Playing With Shapes 024/365

Playing With Shapes 024/365

Polka Dot Bounce 025/365

Polka Dot Bounce 025/365

Shades of Black and White 026/365

Shades of Black and White 026/365

Happy Fortune 027/365

Happy Fortune 027/365

Favorite Things About Making Art (SARK-like) 028/365

Favorite Things About Making Art (SARK-like) 028/365

Zentangle Dream VI 029/365

Zentangle Dream VI 029/365

Natural Elements 030/365

Natural Elements 030/365

Two Women Descend a Staircase 031/365

Two Women Descend a Staircase 031/365

Angels and Daemons 032/365

Angels and Daemons 032/365

Liars Club 033/365

Liars Club 033/365

Doodle Flower on Watercolor 034/365

Doodle Flower on Watercolor 034/365

QSL I 035/365

QSL I 035/365

QSL II 036/365

QSL II 036/365

QSL III 037/365

QSL III 037/365

Black & White & Red All Over 038/365

Black & White & Red All Over 038/365

Experiment in Black & Kraft I 039/365

Experiment in Black & Kraft I 039/365

Bubbles 040/365

Bubbles 040/365

Scraps Gone WIld 041/365

Scraps Gone WIld 041/365

Mod Partridge Family Groupies 042/365

Mod Partridge Family Groupies 042/365

Measure Twice, Cut Once 043/365

Measure Twice, Cut Once 043/365

Experiment in Black & Kraft II 044/365

Experiment in Black & Kraft II 044/365

Cracker Jack Dragonfly Twins Shopping Spree 045/365

Cracker Jack Dragonfly Twins Shopping Spree 045/365

Floating in White Space 046/365

Floating in White Space 046/365

Red & White & Platinum??? 047/365

Red & White & Platinum??? 047/365

Numerical !*?#% 048/365

Numerical !*?#% 048/365

Orange Dream 049/365

Orange Dream 049/365

My Orange Garden 050/365

My Orange Garden 050/365

A Movement in Orange 051/365

A Movement in Orange 051/365

PHEW!

That’s all for now, folks!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

P.S. If I am estimating correctly, THIS IS MY 100TH BLOG POST!!! Everyone who comments will get a little something in the mail from me! 😀

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: 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!

 

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!

 

 

In the Mail: Catching Up!

Whilst out of touch with cyber world, I received a bunch of cool mail.

Below are a few stragglers from World Banana Day. The first piece was highly entertaining on so many levels… Arriving from Albuquerque, NM, I can only think that this is the work of the wildly successful and amazing David Stafford.

Henri Matisse and the Very Large Banana

You must read the inscription!

Henri Matisse and the Very Large Banana II

Anna Banana, herself, returned a piece to me in celebration of World Banana Day and as a thank you for her birthday greetings.

The Infamous Charms of A. Banana

More Banana Mail arrived from Fake Fine Art/Indiana Rogers, in the form of Trash Pop! It is ever so Warhol-ish in its presentation.

Trash Pop Fake FIne Art

Were you wondering what an empty soup can has to do with bananas?

Trash Pop Fake Fine Art II

An envelope arrived last fall and got lost among the detritus of life, only to be rediscovered in the current phase of spring cleaning and purging. My sincerest apologies to Art Like Art (http://artlikeart.com/) for not having responded to this trove of treasures in a more timely manner!

Goodies from Art Like Art

Much to my delight, she also sent an Add ‘n Pass!

Add 'n Pass from Art Like Art

Secret Garden was a collage print I received from Jane Smith. Her collages are always fun and whimsical.

Secret Garden Jane Smith

In an extension of the Liberate Your Art 2014 Postcard Swap, Jill Eudaly of Recycled Daze (http://www.jeudaly.blogspot.com/) sent me one of her extra printables. It is a page from her e-book, ‘Fly Me to the Moon.’

Fly Me to the Moon Jill EudalyGuido Vermeulen (http://mailartinternationale.blogspot.com/) lives in Brussels, Belgium. His mail art is always a welcome find.

At Crescent Creek Cane - Sugar Comments on a  Sunset Guido Vermeulen

The contents of the envelope included a poem and an art print, ‘Night of the Hunter.’

Contents Guido Vermeulen

Mim Scalin (http://mim4art.blogspot.com/) wanted to thank me for the 100th birthday card I created and sent to her mother. Mim’s compositions are always a feast for the eyes.

Mim Scalin

Last, but not least, is the mailing I received from a new friend, Eunice Whitaker of the UK. We were paired up for the Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap!

CREATE Eunice Whitaker UK

Thanks ever so much to everyone for the mailings! If you’re looking for a return from me, you’ll get it soon!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!