Monday, January 13, 2020

Mikel Untzilla's Network

In case I haven't said it, Happy New Year to my mail art friends. This beautifully stamped envelope takes me back to the weeks leading up to Christmas. although not stars, the yellow and the feeling of beacons makes me hopeful about the holiday season anew. Mikel's bespoke postage stamps on the inside of the mail art got me revved up to make/finish some of my own mail art.  If you can imagine… I actually posted twenty pieces over the first week back in the studio! I guess I am back in action.  Mikel, you are next on my list. An I am determined to keep the postal ledger up to date too!

Sunday, January 5, 2020

New Years' Doodle Therapy!

My holiday period began when i started trying to pull our house and the studio into shape for a visit from my mother, our kids, their partners and some family who visited from NYC. I learned a long time ago that for me, the best thing to do is to down (art) tools and let go to focus all my attention on family. Trying to fit time around all the stuff I do (lots of traditions) is frustrating and disappointing so I don't try. I guess it's been at lease four weeks, but as I recall, it was more like 2 1/2 weeks before the first people arrived that i had too many jobs to do to do anything else. 

And then I got the flu on boxing day.  It wasn't the worst flu, but it was the worst thing I've had in at least twentty years. 

Lucky Pierre's post arrived while I was still preparing for the upcoming holiday season. I only opened the envelope today,  Good thing, if I'd been asked to DO ANYTHING more I woold have balked but now, it sounds possible. 

What a fun idea, but I suspect I (and my collaborators) will find a way to break the rules!  Thank you, LP. I hope to stop being remiss immediately!

Check out that octopus! 

Friday, December 13, 2019

Wear your hat of sadness, Keith Chambers

I recognised the ' Portrait of a Woman by Filippo Lippi' as the starting point for one of these images. I wonder if 'Portrait of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta by Piero della Francesca' is the starting point for the image above.  

I don't know how Keith does what he does but I admire it! Beautiful fishy work and words that are like riddles that take us back to the dark ages. 

Look at the stamps and the pink puffer fish!
Beautiful work and sorry I am slow to blog.
Thank you!


Sunday, November 17, 2019

Heavenly wonders of Herman Kamphuis

It's a trip around the world of antiquities, history, news from times gone by from Herman this time.  I read the visuals and see social commentary through the stories, the juxtaposition and all together I delight in the beaut and meaning. I see the wonders through Herman's eyes. 

Profiles. I love them! One has to wonder if this beauty's 'Daemon' is a bird...

If you don't know Arvo Part, you can listen here: 
My studio radio station (BBC 3) plays his music fairly regularly and when they do I have to stop and listen.  How did Herman know? Look at the way Herman uses paper here!  It helps me to see this woman as a feline creature, a beauty.
And here, the cut paper feels like a kaleidoscope, taking me back in time. One has to think about the stories this young man knows now… did he serve in the war and whose grand father is he now?

Herman tells me:  'it's all about memory and told stories…' 

 As ever, I love the gorgeous expressive faces from Herman… I can feel some new stamps coming on!

This envelope feels a bit like a bandage, stitched together to hold Herman's time capsule… We find the contents of Voyageur, an American Flag, some people from the past and objects we recognise from years gone by.  The stamps are an observatory, an airplane - technological advances of our lifetime.

To learn more about the beautiful Mistinguette:

Thank you, Herman, and sorry it's taken me a while to pen your letter.  It was certainly worth the wait, though!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

That Awful Greasy Dishwasher...

Just before the ogre savaged the beautiful, if cold, lounging robot, the fairy reminded the pair that even though it was about to be the end of the affair, they were required to FIND THE SILVER LINING. So, when the police officers arrived and found the bodies, they also found the written note with the good news: 'Then we won't have that awful greasy dishwasher.' Phew, it was almost worth it. 
Thank you David you have encouraged me to write three silver linings a week. I'm sure I'll feel better soon.

Dein Kampf - Your Fight

Dein Kampf
Always wonderful to receive mail from a new correspondent.  Jan Theuninck from Belgium sent me this beautiful printed postcard.  I am in fighting mode.  Even when cornered and injured, I suspect I would continue to fight for the things that matter: honesty, integrity and equality, to begin with!

You can see more of Jan's work here:

Celebrate the end of daylight savings with your copy of Coffee Clutch!

The Coffee Clutch has it's finger on the pulse and is highly relevant to all things mail art, obviously. Here I am in England, just a few hundred miles from York, and who knew there was Hannah Hoch birthday box? It took Cascadia artpost to send me my November edition and some BEAUTIFUL PINK artistamps featuring Hannah Hoch for me to discover my own 'local' news.
And what's the Toast for Post? Is it whole wheat, white or rye or is it in a glass? I love the horoscopes, but I'm a capricorn and not sure what my motif means. 

Also, can I send my news in?  The only thing I can think of at the moment is the pumpkin glut in mid suffolk.

Another brilliant mailing!