Saturday, March 23, 2019

You don't know what you need until you have it. Subscription Opus

Once upon a time I was on Jude's mailing list, regularly. So I am delighted to be able to share this Subscription Opus! Jude has a phenomenal imagination and way of expressing it, with scores - that blows my mind. 

There's a place on the English coast, called Southwold where they have those mad pier exhibits with fantastical machines that do things you don't need.  Jude's egg machine is something like that, and the music for Virtually Free Range Chicken takes some of those words and things we associate with chickens and puts them to music or makes music from them.  

And there are lots of surprises. While I would think that the punch line (spoken as fast as possible) would support the use of free range chickens… I am reminded that they have a bigger footprint. Do you eat chicken chassé? I had a pen name of Galina Poole (back in the day)! Great good fun! Sadly the fox got all our chickens, again.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Three cheers for Ticket! Ticket!

Some mail artists go crazy and create mammoth projects that require endless hours collating, creating, photographing, scanning, making!  Cascadia Artpost is one of those kinds of mail artists! This mailing is a stuffed envelope of collaborative stamps.  Cascadia asked for our tickets and ephemera and then he turned it all into stamps. For example, that red one on the front of the envelope is one of my tickets… from the Stowmarket beer festival, 2007.  I keep way too much stuff from life so was REALLY happy to send some of it away! I wonder whether that was the beer festival ticket from the time we took our eldest with some of his friends for their first taste of legal alcohol? Whatever, it was lots bigger and now it is immortalised. 

Go through these stamps carefully.  Get your magnifying glasses out and get a feel for what your mail artist friends do with their spare time!  Wow, so excited about this! THANK YOU Jack and happy birthday!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Glorious stamps from Mikel!

Look at these beautiful asemic stamps.  They are little stained glass window gems where letters become symbols that are other-worldly and delicious to see. Thank you Mikel for a glorious mailing!

A Mail Art Cocktail from the Sticker Dude

 This envelope full of  heroes, humour and horrors is the perfect mixture, a perfect cocktail for the crazy times we live in. Anna Quindlen has always been a hero of mine...

Joel is a musician so I am not surprised he turns to music in times such as these and who better than Robert Hunter of the Grateful Dead? I'm not sure the lyrics are comforting but when I hear them I see a 'betanooner', keg of beer in the California sun and a bunch of my friends singing along. That would be a comforting way to spend some time instead of glued to podcasts waiting to hear what's next in American politics.
text by Sticker Dude and Campbell's atlas (T. Mangy) 

Mouth Man image by Thomas Kerr, rubber stamping and design by Joel Cohen, Text by Mason Cooley
 It's fab to get a new stash of mottos and words of wisdom -useful bumph - from Joel. And you can't tell but the brilliant sticker above is actually flourescent pink!

I'm heading to NYC soon but I find I can't rely on myself to make the mail art I used to make time for, no matter what. Besides, this is an 85th birthday trip to visit with my mother and other family members! so, sadly can't take up Joel's very generous offer as US stamps won't work here!

In the UK we just Graze vouchers in our Amazon orders. 
images and rubber stamping by Thomas Kerr, text by Mason Cooley, art direction Joel Cohen

p1 This is your Universe folded 4-page book

p2 folded 4-page book

p3 folded 4-page book

back page folded 4-page book

Nothing is Revealed  p1Issue 4 Sticker dude and Jamison Odone
Nothing is Revealed  p2 Sticker dude and Jamison Odone
Back page 
Nothing is Revealed  p1 Sticker dude and Jamison Odone

Nothing is Revealed  issue 3 p1 Sticker dude and Jamison Odone

Swami Beyondananada's comments: "We have a deeply divided body politic in america.  Half the people believe our system is broken.  The other half believe it is fixed." "Levity to rise above the gravity," just about sum up Joel's mailing. Thank you.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Mailart for chewing

Tonight I sent our dog, Lyra, to my friend Jeni's.  We have a family funeral and Jeni stepped into the breach. I have a foggy memory of visiting Jeni and seeing a cat. I really have no idea if she does, but this mail art might haunt me tonight!  Lyra barks at cats and chases them up trees. Even the word mandible makes me flinch a bit. And I don't think I was ever bitten as a kid. And then again it's all rather beautiful.  Thank you Cascadia!

Blue Jeans con Camicia

 Delighted with this blue mailing from Bruno Chiarlone. I checked out the postmark and am horrified to see that it has taken me more than a month to post the beautiful work 
 I spy Cavellini.


...and the repetition of form, maps, Warhol, numbers all of which heralds the contents of the mail art! Many, many, thanks.  I made a few pieces of mail art over the weekend and am looking forward to making a big mailing soon!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Aliens Took My Mail Art

Druid David and Patti came to England and we had fun.  I told you that before. What I didn't tell you was that one day David sent me news of his onward trip to the most famous standing stones just down the A303 a little way- a drive and a view I used to make/see often bound for Cornwall and Devon. We don't go that way so aften now so it was GREAT to see the stones (and David and Patti) upclose.  I suspect that Dave did a little creative cutting and pasting to get close enough to those stones though… I am very late posting this because I filed it somewhere and only found it today. Thank you Dave.