Monday, September 10, 2018

Meximail from Tofu

Well it looks like TOFU has been on the road! Or maybe he has just been armchair travelling… As I open Tofu's mail I am transported.  I have been to the Baja Peninsula and speak a little Spanish and with the images, money and icons I feel a period of wanderlust  coming on.   The only thing missing from this mailing is Chilaquiles.

This stuff is also getting me thinking about ideas for a school project.  Thank you TOFU.  haptic, beautiful, fun and inspiring.  

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Mad World

Herman has titled this beautifully conflicted mailing 'Mad world'.  Well, it certainly is! And to illustrate this Herman has culled and juxtaposed an interesting array of characters and arranged them in his quintessetially aesthetic way.  Luckily Herman has given me a hint… above, if that isn't Oscar Wilde, he certainly is a look-alike, and that is topical.  While in India homosexuality has been legalised, I heard tonight that in 41 American states 'reprogramming' for gender - IE turning someone who feels gay into someone who does not feel gay is legal. 

Not sure who this soldier is but as poppy day rolls around again and the world is in a heightened state of danger from power-hungry politicians. not knowing the name of the soldier seems appropriate and has made me pause.
 "Suze" Groeneweg

While Kavannagh testifies for his seat on the Supreme Court and has some rarified views about what to call contraception, and it feels like women's rights and progress is in the balance in America, Herman pays tribute to a determined looking first female member of the Dutch parliament (1919) 
 Martydom, mutiny … on board and Seasick. 

What I notice about these times is the way the intrigue plays out in full view. What's he thinking under his hat? Let's hope it's nothing like what the possessed clergy below is thinking…

Ditch the drugs and pirouette. You have a much better chance of getting on the Queen's honour list!

I know I keep apologising but I have had this mailing from Herman since late July! And can you imagine, he sent me something else which is in my blogging pile. Thank you Herman and thank you others who are waiting for mail from me and for me to blog their wonderful work!

Braincell 1023

It's wonderful to see that people care about things other than the stuff of American politics that keeps me hyper-ventilating day in andout. It's also wonderful to see that characters come in all shapes and sizes in evryone's minds.  Taking the pulse of stamp makers arounf the globe is an important pursuit.  I wonder how many map chests Ryosuke has.  Better get making something in reply! 

Friday, September 7, 2018

Crunching your scales with GU

Gina Ulgen's work is slick, beautiful and funny! It makes me a little squeemish and I have a visceral response  - I find myself feeling a little itchy.  What would it be like to have scales or a big conch shell on my body? If we think it's difficult to be human, imagine what it would be like to be endowed with fishy bits! Think most despised politician with an eel's bottom half…

Although each image is perfect - I have taken the liberty of scanning double page spreads - my personal fave is the one set in the old gym. The man in the jacket and the girl in the bloomers, spotting the gymnast with a shell for legs. As a gymnast and a teacher of gymnastics, I have had pupils with cluncky body parts, I've even felt a little fishy in some of my moves and I have worried that something might shatter if i wasn't absolutely careful every second!

The other outstanding part of this mailing is the book below: Ana's Lonely Hearts Club. What a wonderful idea and the way Ana has imagined and drawn her characters is inspiring!

Thank you Gina and Ana, this is really a very special mailing!