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 a new to me. There are gorgeous 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)...
- 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