a surprisingly tiny little red book
mandy's last page (left), my first page (right)
pages two + three
pages four + five
When I was in college, before email + cell phones existed, mail was a big deal. A really, really big deal. The girls would casually go downstairs to the dorm mail boxes secretly hoping that we'd find something good inside. For me, perhaps a letter from my mom or friends from home. Checking for mail was a daily adventure.
Mail Art (aka Correspondence Art) is amazing! There are examples of mail art or mail inspired art around the web. So when Mandy invited me to participate in Jennifer Zoellner's Mail Swap, I took up the offer not quite sure what to expect! A few days later, a palm tree inspired envelope arrived in my mail box. Remember that metal or wooden box outside your home where the kind postman delivers Netflix envelopes, bills + catalogs each day? Mail art means that's a place to find good things.
So I pulled out the envelope, which has another envelope inside, containing a tiny little red book. Glancing through the sketches and stamps and doodles... I realized that I have absolutely no idea what to do! I let it sit for a week. I perused a bunch of sites about Mail Art and got started. Each person before me had used 5 pagees, so I went with the trend. I stamped with FIMO stamps, eraser stamps, doodled (of course), added ephemera, fruit stamps, etc. It was fun! I will definitely do this again!
UPDATE 03.01.2010: The book was sent off to Eden, who had a blast creating mail art!
In fact... I just joined Hanna's DIY Postcard Swap 2010. Click over to Create + Live Happy to join. And get a cute bloggy badge for fun. [Edit: You can check out the postcards I created at The Great DIY Postcard Swap.]
Mail art links and inspiration (I'll update as I find more)...
- Mail Me Some Art is a blog for swapping mail art.
- Check out Jennifer Zoellner's blog Wee Hoo's Looking Glass
- Artistamp Gallery from the University of Texas
- Mail Art gallery by Riitta Ikonen
- bentspoon collection of mail art (via Jennifer Z's blog)
- Mail Art from Roben Marie and a video tutorial bonus!
- Art from The Tea mail art call (aka swap) at Flickr
- A Mail Art pool at Flickr
- Make sea-inspired mail art for the 2010 Alaskan The Sea: International Mail Art Project
- Mail Art Initiation by Guy Bleus (introduction + background + some definitions) at Sztuka Fabryka
- Mail art from a Salt & Pepper and Fish themed collections at Red Fox Press of Ireland
- Cartoline - Postcard Art from Mail Art Meeting
- Bookmark the International Union of Mail Artists (IUOMA) site for further exploration
- From Karen Chew, recycles greeting cards into Mail Art
- Aisling has a lengthy list of Mail Art links to explore