Attention All Doodlers! Netflix Call for Art!

It isn’t often that a call of this caliber enters my radar, but when it does, be rest assured I’ll be passing the information on to all of you!

Netflix has received so much great envelope art that they have issued a call for art for their fall 2016 mailers. That means a chance for us to get our artwork printed and distributed to the masses. Yes! You read correctly. Although the streaming portion of Netflix is more popular than its DVD home delivery service, they still have 5.3 million subscribers who receive movies by mail. Multiple that number by the 3 or 4 movies each subscription has in their possession at one time and… BAM! That is a number too great to ignore when you’re trying to get your art out there.

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They are looking for art that falls under the themes of Back-to-School, Fall and Halloween. You can find all the details in the link below.

http://blog.dvd.netflix.com/new-dvd-releases/your-chance-to-design-fall-mailers/4/15/2016?dsrc=EMAIL&utm_source=april%20mem&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Email%3A%20April%20Mem

Best of Luck! Be sure to share with us here if you’re participating, so we can cheer you on!

P.S. I forgot to mention that the deadline for this one is coming up FAST! MAY 16, 2016!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Cabinet of Curiosities

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This week’s MMMAC really spoke to me. My hope is that it will speak to you as well.

My mailbox is a cabinet of curiosities… so much potential.

All details in the image, but please note the deadline: May 20th!

Don’t dilly dally! Go now and create something wonderful!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Star of St. Vincent

This particular Monday Morning Mail Art Call (MMMAC) is visually inspiring.

It asks that you use the Star of St. Vincent, also known as the Black Star of Digne, as your inspiration, but gives you free reign as to how to do so. I have thought of several ways to create pieces for this call since first running across it and am itching to create a piece.

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1st International MAIL CART CALL & EXHIBITION in Digne-Les-Bains (Provence, France)

The local news blog “Digne ma ville” organizes from March 1 to September 1, 2016, in partnership with UNESCO Geopark of Haute-Provence, the first international mail art project on the theme of the Star of Digne-les-Bains (Provence, France).

Draw your inspiration from the Star of Digne and send your mail art before 1st September 2016 !

Theme: Black Star ( or “Star of St. Vincent ” ) of Digne-les-Bains (Provence, France))

Techniques: all

Size: 40 x 40 cm MAX

Deadline : 1st September 2016

Exhibition: yes , all the works received will be exhibited on September 2016 !

Send your artwork to:

Appel à Art postal – Etoile de Digne

10 , impasse de la Lauze

04510 Aiglun 

France

You have a while to come up with something for this call, as the deadline isn’t until September 1st. Hope you’re inspired. As always, we’d be interested to see your interpretation of the theme.

Some of you have been asking if I have been submitting to these calls and if perhaps I might share my work with you. With that in mind, here is the piece I sent in for the Urban Landscape Mail Art Exhibition:

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Stormy Citiscape

There’s still time to participate in the Urban Landscape call, as the deadline isn’t until May 31st. If you’re interested, you can find that MMMAC post here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/monday-morning-mail-art-call-urban-landscape-mail-art-exhibition/

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: FREEDOM

Last week, I featured an international mail art call on the subject of LOVE. This week, our MMMAC (Monday Morning Mail Art Call) deals with another oft elusive principle, FREEDOM.
As Americans, our country was founded on the premise that simple FREEDOMS are the right of everyone. Our forefathers fought for Freedom from oppression, Freedom from taxation and Freedom of religion, just to name a few.
In the United States, we have come to take FREEDOM in all forms for granted. We go about our daily routines relatively unconcerned for our own personal FREEDOM, unless some political or journalistic agenda brings us to question it. Even more rarely do we pause to consider the FREEDOM of other peoples from around the world.
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“FREEDOM” Mail Art Call!
“…To live like a tree alone and free,
and like a forest in brotherhood… Nazım Hikmet Ran”
“Artists Without Borders” invites all artists to participate at AWB’s 3rd International Mail Art project and exhibition.
Theme: “FREEDOM”
Size: Free
Technique: Free (but no audio, video or perishable material)
Deadline: 12 September 2016
Exhibition: 23-29 September 2016
Exhibition Place: Riverside Studios
*Online Documentation!
-No Jury; No Fees; No Return.
-All artwork must be sent by snail mail only. No artworks sent by email will be accepted.
-Please, remember to add the title, your name, address and email, etc., in each artwork.
Send your artworks to:
AWB C/O Riverside Studios
130A North Main Street,
Ste. Genevieve MO 63670 USA
For more information and your questions: artists_without_borders@yahoo.com
Please, remember to visit our Facebook Page!
https://www.facebook.com/Artists.Without.Borders
Here are the links for the photos of our former mail art projects, themed “Green” and “Water”; May 2013 & 2014; KargArt, Istanbul.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/…
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/…
*Sponsored by Riverside Studios*
Special thanks to:
Ayse Turemis
Gallery Saint Louis
Jen Cunningham
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Today, I urge you to take time to consider the simple, yet complicated principle of FREEDOM… yours and that of others. If you are so moved, or inspired, please create a piece for this mail art call.
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!

On My Desk: SBUX Meets Mail Art

Having an inside source really makes creating SBUX mail art easier for me than it might otherwise be. For those who might be wondering, SBUX is the stock trading name for the Starbucks Corporation.

They have lots of inspiring stickers and marketing bits. Some of them actually make their way into my studio, instead of the garbage dumpster, when promotions are over. For that, I am thankful.

My fascination with SBUX stickers and such began a few years back, when I was consuming a good bit of their product on a regular basis. The piece below is the first I’d been inspired to create, using my own SBUX trashy bits. Can you guess my drink of choice?

Consumer Consciousness: Cafe Mocha

Consumer Consciousness: Cafe Mocha

Late last summer, I was given a roll and half of those little ice cube stickers they used to mark purchased frozen beverages on a card counting toward a free frozen drink. The promotion was long over and the left-overs were landfill fodder if I didn’t rescue them.

They were cool! HA! But what to do with them? What eventually transpired is a series of postcards that I call Fractaled Fissures. The six pieces pictured below are already on the way to their recipients, but I have many more in various stages, awaiting completion.

Fractaled Fissures No. 1

Fractaled Fissures No. 1

Fractaled Fissures No. 2

Fractaled Fissures No. 2

Fractaled Fissures No. 3

Fractaled Fissures No. 3

Fractaled Fissures No. 4

Fractaled Fissures No. 4

Fractaled Fissures No. 5

Fractaled Fissures No. 5

Fractaled Fissures No. 6

Fractaled Fissures No. 6

Although the pieces in the Fractaled Fissures series look alike, each one is different from the next. They are portable and easy to work on when I am away from the studio. Over the next few months, I hope to complete the series. Look for them to land in a mail box near you!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Mandalas

There’s nothing like a drawing a mandala to create peace and harmony within.

One of my favorite art mentors and encouragers, Carrie Brummer, of Artist Strong, offers free webinars on how to draw mandalas from time to time. In so doing, she offers folks a way to get in touch with their creativity via an ancient art form that is very easy to learn and build upon. Here is a sign up link for her next webinar first week of April on drawing mandalas: http://app.webinarjam.net/register/14015/5cab2b0890 You can read about Carrie and her art here: http://www.carriebrummer.com/ You can explore her offerings via Artist Strong here: http://www.artiststrong.com/

Mandala by Carrie Brummer

Mandala by Carrie Brummer

What is a Mandala?

Mandala is a Sanskrit word that literally means circle. Mandalas are a circular design, usually created from the center point outward. When drawing or painting a mandala, you are creating a geometric pattern within the form of a circle. This pattern is believed to represent the universe at large. Mandalas are sacred in Hinduism and Buddhism, as they often are relied upon to offer spiritual guidance and aid in meditation.

Now, let me tempt you to create your own mandala to release into the world…

Mary Campbell has issued a Mandala Mail Art Call. All pieces received will be displayed at her exhibit in June 2016 and then SOLD to raise funds for food pantries in the NYC area. This is your chance to be a part of something bigger than yourself, to give back in a very small way via your creativity. All information is provided below.

MANDALA MAIL ART CALL
Send mail to be received by May 28, 2016

Send your mandala mail to:
Mary Campbell, 123 Scribner Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301 USA

ALL work received will be posted online at tinyurl.com/mndla-pics

A Mandala is a graphic pattern – circular divided into four separate sections, balancing visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony, representing the cosmos
mail art Size- less than 12″ x 12″
(Please include on front or back one word as a meditation guide)

ALL work received will be Exhibited June 3- 31, 2016
At ETG Book Cafe, 208 Bay St, Staten Island NY
And SOLD with ALL sales going to local FOOD PANTRIES
to increase their food stock

(Exhibit is part of the “Food Can Mandala Project” which includes a 24′ mandala to be created from cans of food, on view June 18 at the Unitarian Church of Staten Island and then the food cans will be distributed to Staten Island food pantries. Project funded in part by a DCA Premier grant from SI Arts with public funding from the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs.)

In the Mail: International Goodies!

Everyone knows that I delight in receiving mail art. The only thing better? International mail art, of course!

This post mixes a bit of both, giving me the best of both worlds.

Ruud Janssen sent a print of a recent work along with some other mail art goodies in a sweet rubber-stamped envie.

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Ruud Janssen, Netherlands

Lucky Pierre sent me a few of her photo postcards for my own use. A very kind gesture! Thank you!

Lucky Pierre, South Carolina

Lucky Pierre, South Carolina

Ed Giecek sent an envelope so jam packed that it needed its own photo gallery! Love his hand-cut stamps!

Carina Granlund sent one of her digital collage pieces along with a few other goodies. It must be said that I love Finland’s postage stamps!

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Carina Granlund, Finland

From Moan Lisa comes the Feed The Fish tri-fold brochure for the gallery showing with Renata Solimini at Five Monkeys. (I wrote about that mail art call here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/monday-morning-mail-art-call-feed-the-fish/ ) For some reason, my scanner insisted on dividing it up, rather than scan the two sides.

 

Jill Eudaly recently read The Professor and the Madman and was inspired to create a new mail art series she calls Scriptorium Nonboredium. I was one of the first lucky recipients.

Jill Eudaly, Pennsylvania

Jill Eudaly, Pennsylvania

And last, but not least is the Janus Mail Art Catalogue 10. I submitted a collaboration between myself and Matt Taggart for Your Sonic Views. I love the catalogues E.J. creates for these calls. They contain full-color images of all submissions along with credits. This is my third or fourth time participating.

Eberhard Janke, Germany

Eberhard Janke, Germany

That’s all for now.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

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!

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Urban Landscape Mail Art Exhibition

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The thought of an exhibit of Urban Landscapes thrills me. So many interpretations, so many countries, so many individuals inspired to create under the umbrella of the theme… the possibilities are as endless as the grains of sand from here to the UK.

Not quite sure what I’ll be creating, but I will be participating. How about you? Put your thinking cap on and get to it!

Be sure and let me know in the comments if you are inspired to take the plunge.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!