Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Kurt Schwitters

Do you have a favorite mail artist in history?

I do!

Can you guess who it might be?

If you’re creating, sending and receiving mail art, but have never looked into its history or its principal players of years gone by, this call might entice you to do so.

Boy, oh boy! I was so glad to see the English translation for this one! My high school German isn’t very sharp these days.

Look up Kurt and his collages… I promise you won’t be disappointed.

If you really like his style, like I do, maybe you’ll be inspired to create a piece for the call. You have plenty of time. Deadline is December 16, 2017.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Love and Its Thoughts and Stories

This week, the Monday Morning Mail Art Call (MMMAC) brings to mind popular song lyrics by Tina Turner… “…What’s love got to do, got to do with it?” Indeed. What HAS love got to do with it?

Apparently, it’s the central theme for a mail art exhibition in Munich, Germany. All details provided below.

THEME: LOVE … AND ITS THOUGHTS & STORIES
Please send a love object* and some explanation (your beliefs about love,
personal meaning of love, thoughts, experiences and others, in 1- 500 words.)

*Liebesobjekte = love objects, objects d’amour = souvenirs, gifts, art works and handicrafts created out of love or for a beloved person.

Any medium, any technique.
No jury, no fees, no return.

Deadline: 30.08.2016 (August 30, 2016)

Please send via Snail Mail to:

Luise Loué / Angerweg 5 / 86938 Schondorf/ Germany

In case of any questions: luise@luiseloue.com

All works will be exhibited in the MUSEUM OF LOVE OBJECTS in Munich/Germany and
documented online http://www.liebesobjekte.de

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What I like most about this mail art call for love is that it wants us to reach and explore what love really means to us. There are so many kinds of love… physical love, romantic love, love for a child, love for a parent, love of country, love of self… I could go on, but you get the idea. A central part of the call asks for “a love object: liebesobjekte.” Consider this: Your piece could BE your love object. A most vivid image pops into my mind… one of those crazy red, fluffy heart pillows, a mailing tag hand-sewn to it. Of course that’s quite obvious and taking the Valentine’s Day variation on the theme, but I am certain that someone, somewhere will do it.

If you send your love object as a naked mailing, or in a package, be forewarned that a customs form will be required. Anything other than a flat envelope or postcard requires the customs form. It seems daunting, but really it’s not. Simply list the items which comprise your piece. Is it a tin filled with ribbons? Is it a hand-embroidered hankie? Whatever it is, break it down simply and you’ll have no problems.

A word of caution… in light of recent European terrorist attacks and such, you might wish to avoid sending anything that ticks, shakes or rattles. In addition, although it might appeal to the artist in you, refrain from using metal components, wires, techno-bits and the like. It will take longer for the post to clear a piece like this and in the end, if they have any suspicion, it will be destroyed and never make it to its destination.

Ich Liebe Dich! (all of you!)

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Affirmations of a Confident Woman

The White Shadows mail art call has been on my radar for a few months now. Ideas have flitted through my brain, only to be dismissed as “not quite right.”

Over the weekend, inspiration finally took hold and this is what transpired…

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‘Affirmations of a Confident Woman’ turned out far better than I ever thought it might.

Christy Tomlinson (Scarlet Lime) developed this cool line of products with Pink Paislee, of which the white printed coffee filter paper is a part. It worked really well for my purposes here. I particularly like the shading that occurred as the gel medium (used to adhere the piece to black card stock) dried. It brought a depth to the piece that I did not expect.

Happy Trash (and Memorial Day!) to you, until we meet again!