Outbound Mail Art: Mixed Bag

Having just switched to Daylight Savings Time here, Spring is straining to break the bonds of winter. So am I. This post will publish on Saint Patrick’s Day. I will be doing a bit of celebrating, but I hope you’ll enjoy this post in my absence. Beannachtam na Femle Padraig!

This first piece took a very long time to assemble, two years, I think. Using only yellow, orange and green sales stickers tends to limit one. It was built around the Belgian Chocolate label. Dreams of Spring is one of the latest pieces in my Consumer Consciousness Series.

DreamsofSpringtoSheriRice

Consumer Consciousness: Dreams of Spring

Recently, we made a lengthy drive to visit family in South Carolina. There was so much visiting to be had that I only had time to doodle here and there. Follow the Silver Doodle Map to DADA is what transpired.

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Follow the Silver Doodle Map to DADA

Another in my Consumer Consciousness Series, this piece also took ages to complete. I had originally meant it to be an entry for the RED Show mail art call issued forth by Mick Boyle of Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania.

ConsumerConsciousnessRED

Consumer Consciousness: RED!!!

This next piece is an envelope made from the wax paper I use as my acrylic palette when painting. It was folded, the sides were stitched and it was sealed and reinforced with hand-painted washi tape. I stuffed the inside full of all sorts of goodies.

DKpacketMar2016

DKpacketMar2016back

A flub-up turns scrap, then becomes mail art in this piece for Moan Lisa:

GenerationXRubberStampThisIsArt

GenerationXRubberStampThisIsArtMoanLisa

That’s all for now.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

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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!

 

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! 😀

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Outbound Mail Art: Orange, Blue and Bubble Too!

This week, I mailed a few special pieces out to some special people.

Observations in Orange was created for Dan Landrum as thanks for the entertaining digital collages he’d been creating from my mail art scans. https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/dan-landrums-digi-distortions/

Orange Observations

He was inspired to get to work right away!

LynnRadford_OriginalOrangeObservations

I loved the purple background and the addition of the tigers!

riffing_LynnRadford_OriginalOrangeObservations01

Another mail art cohort had recently expressed some feelings of “sad(ness) with a backdrop of happy.” In an attempt to cheer her, I sent Happy Blues to Stephanie Blake in Huntsville, Alabama.

Happy Blues

Diane Keys, of Elgin Illinois was the recipient of my most recent trash bubble. You might recognize it from an earlier post… https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/the-folly-of-hoarding-art-supplies/

Arriving a bit worse for the wear,

Upon Arrival (front)

it was billed as a Cautionary Tale…

Upon Arrival (back)

For months, I’ve been meaning to get something in the mail to Jill Adamy of http://www.glimmerbug.com/. Patterns in Plum seemed like the perfect piece, bright and joyful, much like Jill, herself.

Patterns in Plum

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

In the Mail: A Sampler

Mail Art in the Box.

The contents spilling forth from the box represents three months worth of incoming mail art. I haven’t been sending out much these days, as I focused on projects of larger scope. I hope to remedy that in the coming weeks.

Mail Art in the Box II

In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at my mail art loot! Each piece, unique in its own way, delighted me.

Jill Eudaly of Recycled Daze ( http://www.jeudaly.blogspot.com/) sent me a block print of the Red-Winged Blackbird she created this spring.

Jill Eudaly Block Print

In addition to the fantastic interactive trash bubble (https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/in-the-mail-bubbles-by-post/) sent by Mim Golub Scalin ( http://mim4art.blogspot.com/) I also received a fine art collage post card: El Anatsui meets Yayoi Kusama. On the back she inscribed this quote by Mark Stevens, “One of the best things about paintings is their silence— which prompts reflection and random reverie.” I wholeheartedly agree!

Mim Golub Scalin Fine Art PC

I received this colorful, doodled patchwork from Stripygoose who resides in the UK.

Stripygoose Patchwork PC

The next two pieces were sent by http://artlikeart.com/.

artlikeart I

The first piece accompanied exhibit documentation she sent me for my participation in The Unexpected Art in Transit. What a great little guy! Squee!

The second piece was one from a series of block prints she made. You can check out her post detailing this series here: http://artlikeart.com/2013/04/28/the-dainty-and-delightful-kitkat/.

artlikeart II

Trash Po  from Diane Keys is always intriguing. This particular piece arrived in the same exact cellophane packet (right down to the postage) in which I mailed my last piece to her. Kudos to you, DK!

Diane Keys Trash Po

Theresa Williams is the woman behind http://theletterproject.wordpress.com/. She tells me that the goat piece is a remake of a favorite childhood toy, to be included in the upcoming Epistolarium doll project.

Theresa Williams

Carina Granlund is from Finland. (Can I just say how much I LOVE their postage stamps?!) This magazine collage sealed beneath packing tape holds a certain mystique, telling us ever so subtly to SEARCH!

Carina Granlund

And last, but not least, here is the Thank You I received from Sarah Churchill for my participation in her Unusual mail art call to celebrate her birthday. You can check out her video which chronicles the Unusual mail art she received, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTmuFBYj0zg

Sarah Churchill

Thanks to all for filling up my box with such wonderful and diverse mail art!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

TrashPo Exhibit: Elgin, Illinois

Consumer trash volume has been the focus of numerous studies and environmental groups since before the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970. The Reduce, Reuse, Recycle initiative instituted by the EPA encouraged folks to change their habits.

Reduce Reuse Recycle logo

For some, it became second-nature. For others, it was a short-lived attempt. Many artists adopted it as a way of life, trash becoming the medium they use to express their creativity and deliver their message.

Trash as art? Why not? Trash is colorful, plentiful and free. There is beauty in everything. We need only look for it.

Diane Keys, a friend and fellow mail art contemporary from Elgin, Illinois, embodies the concept of trash as art. Her pieces of Trash Poetry are as poignant as they are attractive. Visit her blog at http://dianekeys.blogspot.com/.

When Diane decided to curate an exhibit of TrashPo mail art, I was not surprised.

Responding to her mail art call, I immediately set to work on a Bubble. This is what developed:

Diane also included the first Trash Bubble I sent. It was designed as a novelty item for her group of “All Things Trashpo” followers at the International Union of Mail Artists (IUOMA.)

DKULT Self Focus Magnifier

The exhibt, which includes TrashPo from around the world, has been well received. It is a testament to the TrashPo movement, helping to spread the trash as art concept. This Daily Herald article sums it up quite well: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130208/news/702079621/

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!