It’s been another busy week for the postal service around the world, and I’ve had many ‘Good Mail Days’.
I started the week off with a big MIAOW for Erni Bär, made from an old ad. It got a bit battered on its way over to Germany… maybe someone dared to try and put the cat back in the bag and a claw fight to the death ensued. You never know.
A reply went out to Jim SantAmour in the US, who sent a photograph postcard to me a couple of weeks ago. I made this postcard out of the same ad as the one above, and altered it using handmade paper, washi tape and a paper ‘sign’, directing the cat to the ‘Pigeon Post’. Apparently Jim’s two cats, Daryl and Daryl, loved it
Another reply went to Anna Micciulla to thank her for the ant picnic I received last week. The curious puppy wonders at the ants, and went off in search of the missing piece of Anna’s Mail Art that got lost on the way. I don’t think he found it (he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed).
Some more of my Arty Slides also found their way to their new homes this week…
Sue Hobbs in South Africa got a Wonder Woman slide and a ‘spring’ themed slide which I have been making since the sun began to shine.
Andy Hoang gave me a warm welcome to Mailart 365, and was kind enough to compliment my recycling of old comics and the unusual medium of using 35mm slides in Mail Art, so I of course made a pair of Arty Slides just for him!
Together with my usual mirrored comic book slide (this time featuring Superman instead of my beloved Wonder Woman), I experimented with a different concept and came up with this ‘What can you see?’ slide, allowing Andy to see whatever he wants through the little frame.
I’ve been working on a few more transparent slides, and ones where I incorporate the original film into the piece, so expect some more of them soon. I seem to find it so much easier to create Arty Slides rather than postcards or envelopes – probably because the limited space leaves little room to get over-involved or overly busy.
My mailbox has been a little bit mental this week! And I mean that in a very good way.
The Haptic Werewolf struck Wales with this card from the wonderful Erni Bär. Loving the the little comic illustration, not so sure about the (terrifying) clown! Our cards may have passed each other in the post (hopefully with a high-five).
New friend Boo Cartledge is a girl after my own heart, sending me this fabric covered postcard that made me think of cotton dresses and the little cotton hankies I was forced to take to school as a child. I love the juxtaposition of that with the message ‘Balls-to-the-Wall Fun’. It’s like me ‘then and now’. Fab.
Jon Foster, another new IUOMA friend, sent me this wonderful card made using sticky tape to transfer words and graphics onto a black and white illustration of a boat. This is one of those pieces that you have to study to really find all of the details. It’s reminded me of so many techniques I used in art school involving photocopies and masking tape that I’d forgotten about… until now! A real inspiration.
Mim Golub Scalin sent me a lovely congratulatory card for being the 100th member of the Mailart 365 group, which really made me smile. I’m loving the turquoise ink! Unfortunately it lost some weight on the way over……
Mim sent me a photo of how it looked before its journey, and a few of the words had, indeed, gone astray.
So, instead of saying ‘had been interested intensely private, peeking faintly in the summer’, it now reads ‘had been interested peeking faintly in’.
It’s funny how different the message becomes when just a couple of words are removed, and I think I like it even more because of that.
Patrice Keats was the recipient of a little welcome package that I send to new IUOMA members sometimes, which is a tiny decorated/painted envelope with old stamps, stickers etc. inside for them to use on their own Mail Art. I also enclose one of my mini-cards with this blog’s address on the back so that they can find out more about me. Patricia is the first to reply to one of these packages, and incorporated many of the things I sent her into the piece – the stickers adorned the back of the card, but I particularly like how she re-used my mini-card into the composition of the main image, with the blue lines of my design actually making up a portion of the flower pot’s outline. Great stuff Patricia, thank you!
My second Arty Slides package arrived this week, this time from PrettyLily in the USA. Simple, but very pretty and tactile, I’m loving this new form of Mail Art. They came wrapped in some lovely printed paper, and I’ll be reusing that very soon.
And finally, as a thank you from Kathy at the Letter Writers Alliance for taking part in a recent request for members’ information, I received this lovely, elegant letterpressed postcard.
Phew! What a week! I hope you enjoy seeing all of this Mail Art as much as I enjoy sending and receiving it. I’m now at number 30 of my 365 challenge. It’s going to be a busy year!