Hello again! Don’t Mondays come around quickly? Here we are again with the lowdown on my Mail Art comings and goings this week.
I started off the week with a ‘lucky’ card for Jennifer Ley in the US. Everyone needs a little luck now and again!
While on holiday in Scotland just over a week ago, I sketched 3 postcards of the beautiful scenery around me and popped them straight into the postbox. 2 of these have already arrived at their new homes. Katerina Nikoltsou received this sketch of Loch Lomond…
… while Thom Courcelle received a sketch drawn on one of our stops at the beautiful Lake Windermere.
Even the DVLA aren’t safe from my Mail Art! I figured, if I have to waste a stamp to send off my drivers license for renewal, then I might as well make it count!
Penpal Mandy Schuster in the US enjoyed the Arty Tag I sent to her with my last letter, so I upped the MA element of my most recent letter with a heavily decorated envelope.
Carina Granlund received this card on the weekend – an embroidered comic strip leaving a cliff-hanger at the end. What’s on fire? Carina will find out any day now, when the final panel arrives!
If you read my last post, then you will know that Arac sent me the most wonderful birthday package, and a birthday/anniversary ‘twofer’ card. Well, Arac will be celebrating her own birthday tomorrow (1st May), so I had to get my skates on with a reply! Luckily, I had already made this card for her, so it arrived in the nick of time, but the parcel I put together for her will be a little late. Oh well, birthdays should last at least a week anyway!
Janine Weiss sent me this magical card that she made on Friday 13th, will a couple of paper dolls and the cutest little fabric hearts. Janine told me that if I burn the Papier D’armenie it will leave a wonderful smell in my studio. I can’t bring myself to burn it just yet, but I’ll let you know if I do.
Steph Dodson sent me this wonderfully colourful card, which is actually a slice (quarter) of a larger original piece. I love the balance of it, with the 2 butterflies and 3 circles, and the different patterns and mark making techniques she’s used.
I received my first package from Tarah (Miss Thundercat). The beautifully decorated envelope (apparently she’s going through a self proclaimed rubber stamp phase!) was packed full of clippings and paper ephemera that I can use for future mail art packages.
I also became a fully-fledged Trashpo DKult-er with this package from De Villo Sloan in New York, containing my very own DKult portable trashpo shrine, complete with a shred of the Real Elgin Shroud. Oh, yes.
Here’s something a little different to close this week’s post. I first heard about Postmuse’s Adopt a Postcard Project through Jessica Gowling’s blog, and just had to participate. Many years ago she rescued a big box of blank postcards from a eighbour’s rubbish, and eventually they became the Adopt a Postcard Project, where adopters choose cards from a particular place that means something to them, Postmuse sends them out in an envelope, and the adopter then writes a message on the back of the cards and sends them back. I received my adopted postcard last week, with a view of Cardiff Castle. I did also request a card from Montreal, but that card had already found an adoptive parent. I’ll be filling in the back of this card very soon, and it will be on its way back to the USA. I also plan to collect together a couple more postcards to put up for adoption in the project, so stay tuned for that too.
That’s all for this week.
I went a little bit mad this weekend with my mum’s sewing machine (it doesn’t see the light of day very often, so when it does I like to make the most of it!) A big handful of postcards were dropped into the postbox this morning, so my 365 project has taken a leap up to #85! It’s great knowing that all that Mail Art is on its way to unsuspecting people, but I may have to take a few days off to recover!