The Ghost of Guido Vermeulen

This morning’s Monday Morning Mail Art Call is a little different from the ones that have come before, in that I am not only announcing a call, but paying tribute to a dear friend and fellow mail artist who passed away in 2014.

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Breathing Polluted Air Blues by Guido Vermeulen

Guido Vermeulen was a “POET, MAIL ARTIST, PAINTER.” He was the self-proclaimed “dispatcher from signs and stones” and the “Editor of FRIOUR Network Magazine.”

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This Is The Result Of Just Another Sleepless Night by Guido Vermeulen

He impacted the lives of everyone with whom he came in contact. Many became treasured friends via their regular correspondence with him. I am no exception.

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HELL & HEAVEN were invented by my mother; a tribute to William Blake and Lynn Britton Radford by Guido Vermeulen

Guido and I met through mail art, but we quickly bonded on many levels which gave us plenty to discuss as we sent envelopes back and forth and interacted via social media. We never did meet in person and I am saddened that I will not be able to collect on the promised hugs in this lifetime.

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At Crescent Creek Cane – Sugar Comments On A Sunset by Guido Vermeulen

Recently, Guido’s birthday passed. He would have been 62. Many of us have been thinking of him and reminiscing. I’d remembered having seen a call for Guido inspired mail art and I created an envelope for the event, only to find that I had not saved the information. I was distraught at the thought of having created a tribute to my dear friend, only to drop the ball.

This past week, an envelope from another dear friend gave me the information I’d thought was lost to me.

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This is the envelope I painted with acrylic inks for the call:

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The Ghost of Guido Vermeulen by LKR (A Tribute to the Memory of Guido Vermeulen, the dispatcher from signs and stones… A True Friend ‘Til the End.)

Had I sent this on to Guido, there would have been discussion, no doubt. Were they bunny ears? Was it a two headed monster? Were they representative of demons? Alas, we have to think on these points without Guido’s thoughts.

An envelope much like those Guido often used was utilized for the project and I even took care to address it in the manner he most often used. Having plenty of his cards, I used one on the envelope, a testament to his having been here.

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This morning, this piece is on its way. I hope that it touches people as it goes, just like Guido did.

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?

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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.

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Mary Grellner sent this cache. The monochromatic photo was cool, but the collage was my favorite element.

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Giovanni and Renata StradaDA surprised me with this envelope of Cavellini tribute goodies!

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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!

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Dan Mouer got my attention when he sent me a redux of my Observations in Orange! Boy, that piece has really gotten around!

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This packing tape collage from Jon Foster made me smile! When WILL toupees look real? Indeed!

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Sheri Rice’s collaged postcard put me in a thoughtful mood… What do you want to do today? Hmmm….

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Guido Vermeulen never ceases to delight me with his envelopes! The contents aren’t too shabby either!

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What a fun collage this was from Adrienne in CanadaDA!

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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!

 

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.

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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.’

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

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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!

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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!