I recently went on a quick, abbreviated trip, exploring my new home state of Washington. There were lots of interesting things I stopped to see. But almost everywhere I went, I searched out where the post offices were and got all 17 pieces of Mail Art I had been waiting to send dropped in a mailbox and sent. Time will tell if they reach their intended mailboxes. (I'm anxious about the one going to Russia. The USPS has suspended mail there at the moment due to the war in Ukraine. I wonder what will become of it. Will they hold it for future delivery?) But at last, my Mail Art chores were done. Or were they?
I came home to...more mail! ARGH!
This marvelous vintage postcard came from a woman I met on IUOMA (International Union of Mail Artists), P. Landon. So crazy cool!
Inspired by the amazing "Hello From Venus" postcard she'd sent, I created this for P. Landon (D)
Then I had some birthday cards---suspiciously Mail Art-y from friends. The first was from Robin & Skye in Oregon.
However, I was already working on other things. In addition to the space-y thing I whipped up for P. Landon, I whipped out two other last-minute quickies before my trip. This one is nothing special and turned out disappointing. I made it for another IUOMA member (William M) who commented once on a post. (D)
That was all I had time for before leaving. I got them mailed off from Clovis, California the day after I arrived. P. Landon in Florida received her piece. William M (all of the way in Taiwan) got his. No word on the other one as of yet that was only going to Oakland. Hmm.
My friend Erich found a Xeroxed copy of something I had sent him years ago and sent a picture to me while I was in California. It actually resembles (to an extent) the stuff I've doing these days...and sort of gave me ideas for what I can do now (to respond to any new Mail Art that arrives. UGH!) I WISH I had some more of those wonderful Universal monster stamps from back then.
When I returned home to Washington, exhausted from a grueling, arduous three-week trip, I was expecting a lot of mail...but not MORE Mail Art! Eeeek! (Well, I thought there might be some---but I certainly was NOT expecting it and wasn't looking forward to having MORE replies to make.)
This first piece is unusual--unlike anything I've gotten before. It comes from an artist in Santa Barbara, CA named Ferranto. It is a postcard with paint drips on one side with a neatly organized set of sticks affixed to it.
Getting the new Mail Art (and having to make more responses), I got curious about a lot of pieces I had sent out, but had never heard whether they arrived okay or not. So I printed pictures of those missing-in-action envelopes and made postcards to send off. I mailed them when I went off island again for that appointment on the 13th.
It didn't. If anything, this came out WORSE. Zzzzzz... What crap... (D)
For Vye's trilogy of artsy birthday cards, I was in the process of pulling up pop cultural icons from the last fifty years or so. Divine was going to be one of them...then I realized that it was the 50th anniversary of PINK FLAMINGOS and made a mini-commemorative envelope. It didn't come out so well... Who could I send it to though that would appreciate it? Vye was the only person I could think of would get it and be excited. (D)
For Linda, as a thanks for her art cards, she got this explosion of pop icons from the 60d-70s. (Can you name everything on here or what show it came from?) It's rather pedestrian and there's not a lot of "pop" in this Pop Culture posting--literally. The only thing outside of the confines of the envelope is the I Dream of Jeannie bottle...and that's just barely popping up at the top. Ho-hum... (D)
Those last six envelopes will be mailed out this coming Monday, when I have to go off island again.
One person, Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) from Greece got something I sent her this past Monday. She wasn't wild about it because it contained spiders (pictures) on it.
"It came 'naked,' not in an envelope," she exclaimed to another member she was chatting with. "It even upset my postman/ mailman."
Yes, my Mail Art is sent as is. What happens to it on the way becomes part of the final piece. I've always done my Mail Art this way, but apparently that is frowned up now. Today, people send artistic postcards or art inside of envelopes.
Anyone can be a Mail Artist. It's free (well, except for postage and supplies) and there is no experience required. I certainly had no training. I just did it. There's no right or wrong way to do it. As you can see from the examples of what people have sent me, it really is an anything goes art form. You choose what to do--paint something and send it, create 'zines (homemade magazines), make artist trading cards or stamps, or simply decorate envelopes or design your own postcards. Whatever it is you want to do, the International Union of Mail Artists (IUOMA) is a great starting point if you are interested.
I have a handful of people I'd like to make envelopes for still---but I am no rush. I am technically "caught up" for the moment on people I owe Mail Art to. I'll still work on those other pieces---but I'm not stressed for time to get them done. I could say I am completely done and just stop. That is a great feeling.
Thanks for visiting.
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