One of the things I love about the people who send me mail art is that they often do something really unexpected with a piece of mail art. In this case, Heleen sent me a few postcards of birds that I like. She included an extra bird that I like very much, and wasn't expecting, a common or Eurasian Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis). And she sent it in an envelope that used stamps from 2009 that I think are amazing (Heleen - I get the feeling that you have quite a stash of stamps!). The translation of 'Laat kinder leren' is 'Let children learn'. I love how Heleen turned some of the letters of my address into the little creatures from the stamps.
I've been contributing every now and again for a while now. Here's my latest contribution - I hope it made it, as it was 12 x 12 inches! (And a confession - I mailed it in a mailing box and it sort of got stuck a little bit, fairly far inside - I couldn't get it to fall all the way into the box, so hopefully that didn't annoy a postal worker). Update - it arrived in France, slightly bent, and not even postmarked! Here it is before it's travels.
What do you think about teeth as a mail art topic? Would you be grossed out or entertained by receiving something like this through the mail?
This is the second S post after yesterday's Solar System. As promised, here is the follow up from letter N for naked mail art. Most of my mail art goes inside one of my homemade envelopes. And usually they are individual pieces. Although I rarely collage, I recently sent out a series of 6 collaged postcards with a vehicular theme. To Adrienne, Thomas and William
To C. Mehrl Bennett, Keith and J.A.D. Media
Do you like to create collages? Would you make one from random stuff you find in your car/your purse/that messy drawer at home full of 'important' junk?
For bonus points, can you identify where all the pieces come from?
S is also for stamps. Not every mail artist cares about the postage stamps - for many they just serve the purpose of getting the art from A to B through the postal system. Since I got back into mail art I do try and think of creative ways to use postage stamps to enhance the mail art by theme, color, and sometimes even number. The planets of your solar system set issued by the post office last year are very nicely done, and have afforded me the opportunity to make some fun envelopes. Using old wall calendar pages to make the envelopes, here are the exchange envelopes I sent out for April.
Remember under M is for MMSA? Here is the missing repetition & variation swap postcard.
Turns out it was a) delivered to the sender, and b) the sender was Jan H, who I used to exchange mail art with, but haven't since 2014. So it arrived quite a bit later than the other three cards. Jan sent the returned card to me in this awesome painted envelope.
And she included this intriguing piece titled Blur.
Great to 'see you in my mailbox' Jan, even if it was through a postal misadventure. When was the last time you reconnected with someone through the mail? Did you initiate it, or did they?
Ah, Q, one of the more difficult letters for A to Z. Eva had lamented the lack of a Q on her postcards, so I decided to send her one in the mail inside this envelope. She tried to convince me to take part in the A to Z challenge, and at first I declined. Now we're at letter Q - you can see what an influence she is on me - and I'm using the card I sent to her for myself!