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!

 

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: A Wealth of Goodies!

My mailbox has been bustling these days. On average, I seem to be getting a piece of mail art every other day. That makes this girl very happy, indeed!

Feast your eyes on this piece from Larry Marotta. He recently got into mail art and has seemingly jumped in with both feet! No toe dipping for Larry!

Larry Marotta I

He is very insistent that I get rid of the RATS! (I love that he re-purposed a local mailer.)

Larry Marotta II

His fun doodles are very encouraging!

Larry Marotta III

They help to ease the harshness of the message. 😀

Larry Marotta V

The reverse side of this super-sized postcard was a delight! It made me feel as if I were floating in the ocean, RATS, or no. So much fun here! Thanks Larry!

Fleur Helsingor sent this tiny gem to brighten my day. It is only slightly larger than an ATC.

Fleur Helsingor, CA, USA

The photo doesn’t do justice to the sparkly nature of the “Fantasy Sculpture” she created. In her own words, “Fantasy Sculpture: ‘The Tower on the Opposite Coast’ is an altered photograph of Eastshore State Park, Emeryville, California, with a view of San Fransisco in the background.” It’s lovely, Fleur!

The organic feel of Mim Scalin’s collages is addictive!

Mim Scalin, VA, USA

The juxtaposition of young and old couples with the color and texture of the other elements to bring sheer joy! Thank you, Mim!

When this piece arrived from Dean Marks, I was reminded of lanterns floating in the sky….

Dean Marks, France

He made this piece in Crete. As he resides in France, I can only guess that he was on holiday at the time. His message tells me, “I got a lot of good mail art ideas in Zurich. This isn’t one of them!” I didn’t think it was so bad, Dean. 😀

Carina Granlund is from Finland. She departed from her usual whimsical style of collage to play with her new alphabet stamp in this piece…

Carina Granlund, Finland

Is that Mr. Magoo I see? FUN! Thanks, Carina!

That concludes the mail art tour for this week.

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!

In the Mail: A Smattering

My mailbox, like most of the others in these United States, is consistently full of junk mail and bills. Is it any wonder that these little gems glowed among their less glamorous counterparts?

A Smattering

Dean Marks sent this interactive piece from France. Notice the little windows opening on the people inside? Sadly, some of them were torn off in transit, but the effect remains.

DeanMarksI

I love the shots of the Eiffel Tower lit up at night! So much food for the arm-chair traveler in me! 😀

DeanMarksII

It was an acknowledgement that I had indeed been found out in my attempt at an anonymous mail art mystery. “We Sea it was U,” he said. More about the mystery can be seen here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/the-eyes-have-it/

Angie Cope was the gal who set out to solve the mystery I proposed. This piece celebrates the Year of the Horse. Her style is so unique that I am able to recognize it from across the room, a mere corner peeking from a stack of mail brought in by my husband.

Angie Cope: Year of the Horse

Angie’s post, asking for assistance to help solve the mystery can be found here: http://iuoma-network.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=2496677%3ABlogPost%3A1357952&page

Mim Scalin has been working on a series of altered postcards. I was lucky to receive one recently.

"Chimney Sweep Kitty was so happy with completing the big job at Biltmore." Mim Scalin

“Chimney Sweep Kitty was so happy with completing the big job at Biltmore.” Mim Scalin

If you know anything about Biltmore, you know that was a huge undertaking for Chimney Sweep Kitty! Mim had no clue as to my personal attachment to Biltmore, or how much the piece would mean to me. This illustrates more of the serendipity mail artists often experience.

Many thanks to all for brightening my mailbox! I’m off to the studio to create some replies to some of this great mail art!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!