Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Hope, Faith and Love

If only there were a little more hope, faith and love in the world.

What are your hopes and dreams?

What or who do you put your faith in?

Spread the love.

MAIL ART PROJECT “HOPE” – “FAITH” – “LOVE”

What does “FAITH” – “LOVE” – “HOPE” mean to you? What do you believe / love /  hope ? How would you describe what you believe in? Only original works will be exhibited during the “Luther Year 2017” in Germany online and in a exhibition.

No jury, no participation fee, no return. A catalog is planned.

Info: For my exhibition please send me only postcards that deal with any technique. Size: minimum 10 x 15 cm sent as a POSTCARD. Technique: FREE

Deadline:  31.08.2017

Send to: Artist Susanne Schumacher / Marktstraße 63 / 31303 Burgdorf – Hanover / Germany

email: susanneschumacher@okok.de  web: www.susanneschumacher.de

I am looking forward your contributions and I thank you!

Susanne wants you to put your best foot forward… what will you create for this call, I wonder?

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

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Tuesday Trash Bubble: Tiny Junkyard Neighborhood 34

It’s time for Trash Bubble Tuesday!

This week’s Trash Bubble has been unofficially brought to you by Prima Marketing Inc. whose most worthy consumer packaging, meant to hold their Tiny Junkyard Findings; screw heads, became Tiny Junkyard Neigborhood 34! I was inspired by the palette of the package and the following is what transpired.

Tiny Junkyards… they’ve been on my mind for several weeks. Those three little cavities simply craved their own tiny junkyards!

While going through some bits for another bubble, it hit me! YARDS! Tiny, little yards made from junk… with tiny little houses! I knew just the thing! I grabbed my jar of vintage Monopoly houses and started hunting flat, green bits of trash to serve as yards for them.

The tale of the Tiny Junkyard Neighborhood grew in my mind as I worked. Who lived in these tiny green houses with these tiny green yards?

Tiny Junkyard Neighborhood 34 is a neighborhood of equality. Men and women live in harmony. There is no shame. There is no keeping up with the Joneses. They celebrate their days under blue skies and puffy clouds, lit by the sunshine of of a thousand tomorrows! There is joy and love, prosperity and abundance, beauty and peace, for all who live in Tiny Junkyard Neighborhood 34.


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!

Three Ways to Nourish Your Soul

If you’re anything like me, a creative soul living in the real world, achieving and maintaining peace and balance in your life is difficult. Let’s face it, the real world is a mess and our lives reflect and multiply that in many ways.

As I travel along my path, I keep my eyes open for possibility and sometimes I find true gems as my reward.

One such gem came to me through a network of creative women who took me in and gave me wings. April Cole runs a group on facebook called, The Studio – artist lounge. The group is a closed one, but genuine souls in search of healing through art can be added from time to time. This February, she added a healing art therapy component to the group and it promises to be an amazing journey. It takes a commitment to self and peers that some may not currently possess, but if this sounds like something you can embrace and follow through with, I invite you to request an invitation to join. There are introspective, artistic exercises each month, not to mention a very supportive network of artists of all levels.

Melody Ross and the Brave Girls Club Team are a loving, nurturing group whose mission is to spread love and art. If you’ve never heard of them, you should definitely check them out. (http://bravegirlsclub.com/) Their Soul Restoration courses are deep and thought provoking with an unrivaled healing component. This month, Melody released a free course, “The Thing About Love.” (http://bravegirlsclub.com/archives/archives/series/the-thing-about-love) I promise that it threatens to tear down the walls of those hard core, societal ideas about love, replacing them with TRUTH. A lesson we all need to learn and/or be reminded of.

Most recently, I received an invitation from Carrie Brummer (of artistthink.com) to join in on her free webinar, How to Draw and Color a Mandala, on Wednesday, March 4th. She released this video as a means of invitation and introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr8FUu6sVSE I’m in! You ought to join us! Use this link to reserve your spot: https://artistthink.leadpages.net/mandalawebinarmar2015/

Looking forward to spending the remainder of the day in the studio!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Share Your Heart: Paper Hearts

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you out there! Whether you have a significant other with whom you are sharing the day, or whether you are simply taking the day to express love to family, friends and pets, I salute you! Spread LOVE today! But don’t forget to share a little of it with the person who matters most… YOU!

Paper Hearts is a new book by Courtney Walsh. The story is amazing! I cannot wait to read it! You can view the trailer for the book here: Facebook: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NZX5KDnNUE

It was only through this Brave Girls Club post: http://bravegirlsclub.com/archives/25044 that I learned about the new book and the movement it has inspired; the #ShareYourHeart campaign! Immediately upon reading, I knew I would participate in some way. I am sooo glad I made the time to do so.

This is what I came up with…

Practice Self Love

I may add to it later, I didn’t have much time to tweak it. But the message is true… Practice Self Love!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Love Out Loud!

Love Out Loud!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

For many, Valentine’s Day is not openly celebrated in love, but loathed for its ability to build one’s hopes, often ending in grand disappointment. Folks tend to grump about this Greeting Card Holiday as though it were created merely for the purpose of their own personal torture. Some are attached, but in a difficult relationship. Others are unattached, that in itself creating a resentment toward the holiday and those of us who find ourselves head over heels in love. Still others are simply unhappy and cannot see the beauty and love in the world.

There IS an alternative to all that grumping!

CHOOSE to LOVE anyway!

LOVE YOURSELF!

LOVE YOUR FRIENDS!

LOVE YOUR CHILDREN!

Love is in the details. No money for grand gestures? That’s okay. Write your child a love note, telling him/her how proud you are of them, how much you love them! Give yourself permission to take time to do something you rarely have the opportunity for in this busy life: take a nap, read a book, take a bath. Phone a friend; just because.

Those ideas don’t strike a chord with you?

Why not focus on others, a stranger maybe? It is, after all, Random Acts of Kindness week! The Golden Rule tells us to treat others as we would like to be treated. Do something small and seemingly insignificant for someone and I promise you WILL be changed by it!

Now, go! Go forth and LOVE OUT LOUD!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!