As I work my way towards the end of my (second) mail art "career," I find myself declining invitations for mail art projects. In the past, I have entered my envelopes in various themed mail art shows, but I don't think I have ever participated in a project. However, one of my favorite mail artists, Maxima Strange, on IUOMA (The International Union of Mail Artists) is doing a project. She wants 12 mail artists (She is the 13th) to make 13 of the same image. We are to only use black and red in the color palette and the theme has to be goth/gothic-related on a space no larger than 4x6. I decided for my ONE go at a project, I'd participate in hers. This is what I came up with:
I cut out and pasted all 13 pieces, then glued them all on posterboard and cut them out. It was a lot of work.
We were to "sign" and number each one on the back. I had trouble with the first couple, but then I found a bottle cap to trace and got it done. I also added an extra tombstone.
When I started Maxima's project and came up with the gothic design I used, it was always my plan to expand it out into an envelope/faux movie poster. This was what I came up with. Before I started the envelope, I had considered sending it to Maxima originally...but she has the 13 copies I made for her project and the (hastily assembled) large envelope to send them in. Maxima is maxed out on my mail art at the moment. Although Kindra, a former co-worker, wasn't quite next on the list (but very close to it), I thought she would appreciate it more than some bloody or morbid or creepy alternative that I might churn out when it was her turn. I had a Sharpie incident on the moon after it was ready to go. You can see the moon patch covering it on the top. Oops! (D)
The envelope is pink. I added the balloons, the cake, and the verbiage, of course. The woman with the knife turned out hideously. The woman in the photo was screaming. I cut the top of her face out and tried to put in Amy's face...to the top of her smile, so it looked like she was screaming. It didn't work out so well. Oops. (D)
I just realized something. This envelope, the one before it, and the one after it, are all heading to author friends of mine. I had actually already sent envelopes off to two other author friends, Christa Polkinhorn and RW Clinger, a while back. But how curious that I have this accidental little "writer's block" (pun intended) here near the end. I am actually reading a book by Michael Ostrowski, recipient of GHOST NIGHT! above, at the moment. Thom Racina is the author of several thrillers, has ghost authored numerous biographies for scandalous personalities, and was the head writer for TV's GENERAL HOSPITAL (Remeber the whole Luke & Laura storyline that everyone was talking about in the 80s? That was him.) for a good while. Neither are horror guys, but they seem to enjoy what I have been posting. I hope they like these. (D)
This one, THE HOUSE OF BAD DREAMS, my 100th since I ventured back into mail art, is for my nephew. He and I don't know each other that well as we've lived in different states most of his life. He has commented positively on my mail art--and has been very anxious to see it--the few times he's been around it here. Not only did I want to send him a piece, but the building for the "House" of the title is an edited version of the Manresa Castle, which is just a short ferry ride away from where I live. I don't know if he's ever seen the castle or not. I had been wanting to visit it for the longest time, but I always seemed to arrive at the wrong time (during Covid, in the morning before the restaurants were open, or when I was with friends who were not interested, etc.) Why mention it here? Because the Manresa is allegedly haunted in real life! The most (?) haunted room is Room 306, supposedly. When I finally got to visit the place last weekend, I booked Room 306 for a night in October. Whoo hoo! We will see if it lives up to its reputation...and my envelope. (D)
Thanks for taking a look. I hope you liked my silly envelopes.
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