In the Mail: A Sampler

Mail Art in the Box.

The contents spilling forth from the box represents three months worth of incoming mail art. I haven’t been sending out much these days, as I focused on projects of larger scope. I hope to remedy that in the coming weeks.

Mail Art in the Box II

In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at my mail art loot! Each piece, unique in its own way, delighted me.

Jill Eudaly of Recycled Daze ( http://www.jeudaly.blogspot.com/) sent me a block print of the Red-Winged Blackbird she created this spring.

Jill Eudaly Block Print

In addition to the fantastic interactive trash bubble (https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/in-the-mail-bubbles-by-post/) sent by Mim Golub Scalin ( http://mim4art.blogspot.com/) I also received a fine art collage post card: El Anatsui meets Yayoi Kusama. On the back she inscribed this quote by Mark Stevens, “One of the best things about paintings is their silence— which prompts reflection and random reverie.” I wholeheartedly agree!

Mim Golub Scalin Fine Art PC

I received this colorful, doodled patchwork from Stripygoose who resides in the UK.

Stripygoose Patchwork PC

The next two pieces were sent by http://artlikeart.com/.

artlikeart I

The first piece accompanied exhibit documentation she sent me for my participation in The Unexpected Art in Transit. What a great little guy! Squee!

The second piece was one from a series of block prints she made. You can check out her post detailing this series here: http://artlikeart.com/2013/04/28/the-dainty-and-delightful-kitkat/.

artlikeart II

Trash Po  from Diane Keys is always intriguing. This particular piece arrived in the same exact cellophane packet (right down to the postage) in which I mailed my last piece to her. Kudos to you, DK!

Diane Keys Trash Po

Theresa Williams is the woman behind http://theletterproject.wordpress.com/. She tells me that the goat piece is a remake of a favorite childhood toy, to be included in the upcoming Epistolarium doll project.

Theresa Williams

Carina Granlund is from Finland. (Can I just say how much I LOVE their postage stamps?!) This magazine collage sealed beneath packing tape holds a certain mystique, telling us ever so subtly to SEARCH!

Carina Granlund

And last, but not least, here is the Thank You I received from Sarah Churchill for my participation in her Unusual mail art call to celebrate her birthday. You can check out her video which chronicles the Unusual mail art she received, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTmuFBYj0zg

Sarah Churchill

Thanks to all for filling up my box with such wonderful and diverse mail art!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

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On My Desk: Right Now!

RIGHT NOW! Three

Originally, I had intended this piece to be a submission for the Epistolarium 2 mail art call for the theme Right Now. Theresa Williams is the woman behind the blog at http://theletterproject.wordpress.com/. I met her through IUOMA and was intrigued by her epistolary assemblages.

Creating a more literal translation of the theme went like this for me: First, I decided that a cut-out of my RIGHT hand would have to be central. I got hands-on with my paper stash and built my palette using the white printed transparency as my jumping off point. It looked really sharp over top the crisp black sketch paper. But what to do for the hand? Then I found red vellum! Voila!

RIGHT NOW! One

Once the pieces were preliminarily assembled, I made the decision to journal the foundation layer. I contemplated the theme, Right Now. What is important to me, right now? Who am I, right now? I chose silver and white inks that would stand out against the black and yet would blend seamlessly with the transparency layer. I ran the date down the righthand length of the page in white and began at the top with I AM statements, in silver, running them around and around the outer edges of the page, working slowly inward. (Notice the inward focus.) When a word would seem to shout at me, I wrote it BIG! White was used to highlight the large text and some other bits. I used rub-ons to letter the fingertips, outlining them in white to help them pop.

RIGHT NOW! Two

To attach the hand to the bottom layer, I pre-punched needle holes in a zig-zag pattern through both layers and stitched through them with black embroidery thread. The transparency layer was attached by punching two small holes through the top and bottom at the middle and tying a bit of coordinating ribbon through them. NOW! was added atop the transparency using chipboard stickers. It seemed to need a little something in the burst on the wrist, so I added a piece I removed from a thumb tack. The individual layers can be viewed by lifting the transparency from the bottom and gently bending the hand away from the black page of text.

The result made my heart happy! It was then, I realized that I was unable to part with it. I sent a digital image off to Theresa. And intend to send her a color copy of the image. The original has become a page in my art journal.

I suppose I might try to create another work inspired by the Right Now theme, I still have a week or so… but then I also have other deadlines looming, not to mention personal commitments. We’ll have to wait and see.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!