I am still going through boxes after my move. My mother is also digging through crap of her own from a move years earlier, and she found this bit of Mail Art. It wasn't something I had done--nor was it addressed to me. It was addressed to my brother (on the other side). It was done by someone named Lawrence Kight and was postmarked in 2006. I have no idea who he is--but I thought I'd post his art here for posterity.
This is a quickie. I knew I was scheduled for yet another medical appointment on July 8, so I wanted to get something ready to mail. Despite being a rushed, slapped together thing, it came out okay. It's not great, but it doesn't suck. It's going to Coco Muchmore, the last IUOMA Mail Artist that I will be sending one of the dreaded zines to (discussed HERE). With this piece I caught myself trying to adjust the elements so they did not come off the edges of the envelopes (and have a better chance of reaching its destination). When I found that little framing piece atop the address triangle thing, those plans went out the window. Besides, coming off of the dimensions of the envelope is kind of my trademark or signature. It's "my thing." Not that anyone besides myself notices. It's just me being geeky. But truly, some of the more recent envelopes barely had anything exceeding the boundaries of the envelopes. My mom even noticed. I had to convince her that, yes, every thing in the last batch had something outside of the envelope boundaries. She had to go back and look--and texted me that I was right. Ha! (D)
This one is just plain B-A-D. It was thrown together entirely after my Ambien kicked in. Seriously. And just as when I try to write after it kicks in (which I shouldn't), doing Mail Art (instead of, say... sleeping) is also a bad idea. This one is so BORING! I rushed this the night before my next trip off island--and it shows. It is to a new Mail Artist on IUOMA I've had a little interatction with. After this, barring any further mail from anyone, I believe I am done with Mail Art for Mail Artists (unless one sends me something. Boo! Hiss!)...and I can focus on pieces for friends who've commented on my Mail Art. (D)
As if I didn't learn my lesson from the previous piece o' Mail Art, here I am back again (and FAILING again) trying (unsuccessfully) to make an evelope as a faux horror movie poster.This is worse than the previous one, I think...and I wasn't even on Ambien this time. The really awful part is, not only is the envelope lame...but I am now starting to send them off to friends. Sorry, Christa... (?)
The next person on my list to send Mail Art to is my longtime friend Eric in Costa Mesa. Eric's birthday is July 13th. I'm going to be off-island next July 8th. I doubt he'll get this by/on the 13th (if at all), but it is kind of like a bonus for the birthday. (I sent him a card and gift weeks ago--just to get it out of my hair and to make sure it reached him okay. The mail can be so slow here.) It, again, is not great. It's staggering how lame everything I make has been lately. (D)
The envelope below probably should have gone to my friend Eric above or perhaps my friend Michael O. They are both big tiki fans. However, when I made Eric's, it came out "Hospital of Horrors" instead. The very next day, as I was getting ready to go sit and watch Shirley (the tortoise) in the backyard, inspiration hit. Of course! A tiki envelope! I quickly found/printed some images from online. Voila! The next person on my list to make something for was my best friend Erich. Actually, the tiki theme is perfect for him. Erich has accompanied me on many tiki bar adventures and has aquired a taste for tiki. Plus, I will be going to the mainland tomorrow alone. It's the perfect chance for me to send it so when he gets home later this summer, it will be a surprise! Kowabunga! (D)
BonnieDiva sent me this collaged postcard creation.
The last TWO envelopes I made for BonnieDiva NEVER arrived. Waaaaagh! We will see if this one makes it to her. I also had to reprint the little zine I had made as there had been a copy in one of the missing envelopes I had sent her way. Fingers (toes...and eyes) crossed she gets this one. I am NOT wild about it. I literally slapped it (and the two below it) together in one day (a record -- but, with my disease, I was literally too tired to do anything that day but sit) to get their mail answered and out of the way. All of the elements were already cut out (I have a stash of images cut out for future use) and the backgrounds already applied to the envelopes. That helped--but the result are just iffy... (D)
Mike Parsons, and the other IUOMA artists, I have asked repeatedly NOT to send me mail. It was a nice gesture and kind of him to send it, but... I DON'T want it. PLEASE! But it is a nice piece o' work.
I had told Mike I was not going to respond to him any further...but one of the envelopes I had sent him never reached him. So he gets this, which I think came out like a piece o' crap. Fingers crossed it reaches him. The address is a little hard to make out on the "wooden" background. I do hope it arrives... (D)
P. Landon in Florida sent me this repro lobby card for the William Castle flick THE TINGLER. We had previously been sending space-y, Venus-y things to each other. This breaks that trend, so...
The very next morning, in my emailed daily mail preview from the post office, I saw that I was receiving something from IUOMA member, Mark Johnson. I remembered that he was sending me a zine. I should have stopped him, but I didn't get around to it in time and received this:
I know it is no big deal, but I didn't go off-island that day as planned (it had been pushed back a few days). So I took the opportunity to fill in that blank space that bothered me. NOW it's "done." (D)
FINALLY (momentarily?) caught up on my responses to mail artists, I was able to start tackling the list of friends I need to make something for. Cathy and Travis were next on my list. Their envelope didn't come out all that great--but it doesn't totally suck either. I did have issues though. The envelope was one I brilliantly (or so I thought) salvaged from some junk mail mailing. However, it was noticeably smaller than a regular-sized envelope. As I was trying to enclose the letter that went with it, the sides started to tear! Yikes! So, I had to fold it in half again ( It was already folded down to thirds or forths) to get it in the envelope...and that left it rather "fat". That, coupled with a very cramped address space (it's much smaller than the usual triangle address labels I have been using), make me concerned about it reaching these friends in San Francisco. That's why there are THREE stamps on the thing. Again, oh well. I tried... (?)
BonnieDiva graced me with mail again. Among the artist stamps and tiny postcards, there was one of her delightful Bon-Zines! THANK YOU!
Fingers crossed my mail reaches their destinations.
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