Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Trash Bubbles: A Poetic Exploration of Trash

There were rumors… people were talking… it was whispered in corners….

Now, it’s official!

Trash Bubbles: A Poetic Exploration of Trash is an exhibit designed to bring about an awareness of trash as art.

Intended to coincide with Earth Day 2018, it is to be an exhibit of my own Trash Bubble creations alongside those created by other artists and mail artists around the globe. In addition, there will be public workshops culminating in a mass mailing of commemorative Trash Bubbles.

The purpose is to bring about an awareness of trash as art, as poetry. These pieces shock and awe on a fun and engaging level. I hope to spark conversation and encourage participation. A venue is currently being sought in the Pittsburgh area, details to follow.

In the meantime, I’d like all of you who said, “I might like to try my hand at creating one of those Trash Bubble thingies!” to get the ball rolling.

Here’s what I need from you:

  • Make a Trash Bubble using ANY SIZE of clear plastic consumer packaging. Note: I have found that pieces smaller than 4x6x2 usually require an envelope, so they don’t get lost. A piece measuring about 4x6x2 can easily be mailed without an envelope and currently costs less than $3 to post within the continental US.
  • Fill it with trashy bits. Let the bits speak to the viewer, telling whatever story you wish. Think Trash Poetry. If necessary, add words to guide the observer.
  • Seal it with tapes, stitching, staples or other fasteners, making certain that your piece will survive the post.
  • Decorate the edges if you wish, but leave room on the back to address it to:

Trash Bubbles: A Poetic Exploration of Trash

The Studio at Piney Creek Acres

107 Marigold Lane

New Brighton, PA 15066 USA

  • Be sure to include your name, email and mailing address
  • Send your Trash Bubble along for inclusion by March 1, 2018
  • NO JURY, NO FEE, NO RETURNS
  • Join the Facebook group: Trash Bubbles: a Poetic Exploration of Trash to see the contributions of artists as they arrive and to receive updates concerning the exhibit.

This is going to be a grand adventure! I am eager to see your interpretation of the theme.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: A Special Request

This Monday Morning Mail Art Call is a special request from Michael Orr, aka: Pone in the mail art world. Read on for details….

I have a very close friend who is about to pass. She has pancreatic cancer. I think she may have a few months left to go. She has always been supportive of my art and has shown a special interest in mail art in particular. She doesn’t participate, but has always been thrilled when I’ve sent her stuff in the past.

If any of you feel like sending something her way I would be very grateful.

Thanks everyone. Miss y’all.

Please send To: Cynthia Montoya
1383 Scott Blvd
Decatur GA 30030

If you’ve been looking for some small way to spread love, send joy, or express kindness send a piece of mail art to Cynthia.

On a personal note: I am taking a break from the blog until after the holidays. The MMMAC posts will return on Monday, January 9th.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Time and Clocks

This morning’s post is a quick one, but not without merit. A domestic mailing to break up the international calls I’ve been posting of late.

It is no wonder that this call caught my attention. I have been enthralled with time pieces ever since I can remember. The collage piece seen here was the first in a mail art series by yours truly, entitled False Faces. It went to France, I believe, back in 2012.

False Faces Front Sent to Val 2012

Theme: Time and Clocks

Comment: Anything that has to do with time and clocks

Info: Prefered size: 210x148cm or 148x105cm (postcard). Any medium, any technique. No returns.

Deadline: March 31, 2017

Send To:

Sequoia High School – ATTN: Mrs. Szydlowski – 1201 Brewster Ave. – Redwood City, CA 94062  USA

Thank you so much,

Megumi Swarthout

Lots of time left on this one… enough that you could wait to attend to it until after the holidays if you wish, but please do put this one on your calendar. Let’s show the students of the Sequoia High School some support in their endeavor.

It is unclear as to whether there will be an exhibition, but the deadline suggests there may be something in the works to coordinate with a spring art show. If I get any more info. I will update the post. In the meantime, I hope that someone involved with the project will see this blog post and comment accordingly.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Mushrooms and Happiness

Happy Monday Morning!

It feels so good to be getting back into the routine.

This week, the offerings are both from Spain.

First, an international mail art call for Mushrooms of the World. It is fall where I live and wild mushrooms are everywhere. Last week, at a locally owned and operated restaurant, Scratch F&B, I ordered a delicious Pennsylvania Wild Mushroom Crostini plate for dinner. That might be why this one grabbed my attention. I have visions of whimsical mushrooms dancing through my head….

The second offering for today: Happiness. Who doesn’t need a little more happiness in their life. This call asks you to reflect on what happiness means to you. (Pharrell Williams’ song, Happy, is playing in my head now, mingling with the mushrooms!) Can you put your version of happiness on a 4×6 postcard? Antonia Mayol Castelló is hoping you’ll do just that by December 31st!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

P.S. If you are local to the Pittsburgh area, you might want to check out Scratch F&B. Here is the link to their site: http://www.scratchfoodbev.com/#splash

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Library Love

Our MMMAC posts haven’t featured a domestic call in a few months. So glad to have stumbled on this one.

An avid reader, a bibliophile and passionate supporter of libraries, this call cried out to my very essence. I hope it hooks you, too!

The Midwest City, OK library will not only display all of the Library Love mail art they receive for the entire month of December, but they also write back! “Give a little love… get a little love back!” (If you can tell me in the comments where that quote originated, I’ll give you a cookie!)

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Please remember to let me know if you send something and if you know of a mail art call that needs some love, post a link to it in the comments.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Velimir Khlebnikov

Happy Labor Day to readers here, in the States!

This MMMAC is one that will challenge you, for sure! You have a good deal of time to think on it though. The deadline is May 20, 2017. It asks for mail art to honor Velimir Khlebnikov. Read the blurb about him in the call and dig into him and his work… you never know what might inspire you. Maybe one of his characters, something about his life?

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Faces

Pretty simple, this mail art call issues forth from Lancillotto Bellini of Italy for Faces of any kind. Send a postcard, or mail your standard page in an envelope if you prefer. (Costs the same either way.) Collage it, paint it, sketch it, distort it… you name it! Have fun with it, whatever you do! This one has no deadline… send several if you feel so inclined.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Pubs and Alcohol

A few months ago, I came across a mail art call issued by Stories From The Pub: https://publichousestories.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/pubs-and-alcohol-themed-mail-art-exhibit/

The Pubs and Alcohol call is open-ended, which can be good and bad. I prefer a deadline, as it forces me to get something out. No deadline gives more breathing room, but I tend to forget about an open-ended call because there’s no urgency. How do you feel? Do you prefer a deadline?

Here are the details for the Pubs and Alchohol call:

I would like to announce the commencement of my very own Mail Art exhibit. Starting now, and ongoing indefinitely, I will post photos or scanned images onto my blog of any Mail Art that is sent to me provided that it relates to the theme of “Pubs and Alcohol”. This could be a postcard made from a collage of beer labels, a poem written about vineyards, entertaining tastings notes, or a drawing of a pub on an envelope. The possibilities are endless! Those who send me art can expect a suitable response.

My mailing address is:

Stories From The Pub
7770 McLennan Road
Vernon BC
V1B 3S7
Canada

It reminded me of a similar call for an exhibit a year or so ago by Fleur Helsingor of Oakland, California. Back then, the Pennsylvania Flavor Beer Mat Mobile was my contribution. I used mats with local Pennsylvania/Pittsburgh flavor and sent it in a festive Black and Gold decorated envie.

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Pennsylvania Flavor Beer Mat Mobile – LKR 2015

Here’s hoping that your favorite adult beverage inspires you to participate….

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Again but Not the Same

Hands down, this is the best mail art call out there if you are seeking printed documentation of participation. Eberhard Janke creates a full-color catalog of the work of all participants that rivals any museum or auction house catalog.

It has been my pleasure to participate in several of the Edition Janus calls and I am always delighted to receive the catalog, to view all of the entries received from around the globe.

The theme for the Edition Janus calls are always intriguing. White Shadows was one of my favorites. This time, it’s Again but Not the Same. Duplicity and yet, not. My brain is already mulling ideas over for this one. I hope you’ll be inspired to submit… I’ll look for you in the catalog!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Bandung Artventure

It’s Monday morning and time for a new MMMAC! This international call originates in Indonesia. Exotic and colorful, the advertisement beckons….

Below is the English text as found on the blog: http://bandungartventure.blogspot.com/

MailArt is an international art project where you can make art from digital printing, drawings, postcards, painting, collages, caricature, photography, or anything you want and share your creative process by sending it through postal mail. Send your imagination on an adventure through a journey of a mail.

Art is a freedom of expression. Let your vision to be felt and inspire people from all over the world. Sanggar Olah Seni SOS is proudly inviting every creative soul to participate in Bandung 3rd International Mail Art Exhibition. The theme for this project is Touching cross culture understanding with Art. Can Art be the source foundation of a City development ?

Bandung Artventure

Deadline : 30 September 2016

Free technique and size.

No fees. No jury. No return.

Online Documentation
All Art work will be the collection of Bandung International MailArt Museum

Exhibitions in 2016, SOS Sanggar Olah Seni ( http://www.saveSOS.blogspot.com )

Send to :

Bandung Artventure

Kotakpos 6622

BDCO 40116a

Bandung – West Java

Indonesia

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Does the theme speak to you? I wonder what you’ll send? For myself, I will have to think on it.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!