I hate to put What Love away in its sleeve but it feels like the magic will grow if it goes back, sending lots of hope, joy, humour for all those people still looking.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
In this case, for me, Marie introduces her theme with her envelope. I am immediately primed for mapping the skies. I feel myself checking the instrument panel in anticipation, of watching the world turn to matchoook houses with postage stamp fields.
(I see) topography of a city from high. Windows on the world. A transept of space.
The broken geometry of a vista, our memories, traces of our lives imprinted on what we see.
I love the shapes and the colours, quilts of light.
Five or six years ago I bought the piece below from an artist who was a resident at the Heliker Lahotan Foundation (on Cranberry Island); for me, Marie's piece conjures up a similar sound, a similar mood. For a moment I am an explorer or maybe a spy and this is my landscape. Beautiful!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
In a previous blog I celebrated Cheryl Penn's ability to curate. She pairs imagery and words so deftly and through symmetry, or dissonance guides her viewer in understanding so they come to see differently and more widely. This aesthetic and knowing is only one of Cheryl's qualities. She is also sure-footed, technically gifted and draws on a wide understanding of, well, maybe, everything!
This book is a version, part of an edition of 10, one of which is going towards her hundreds of volumes of The Encyclopedia of Everything. I am in awe at this piece. It is truly beautiful and I will treasure it. Read the Book!
|Summer Sunflowers ICC Challenge 2013|
30 X 42 "
|mail art cloth postcard, tiny photo collage/canvas, mail art materials, a note|
Thank you, Chris! What a generous, thoughtful and wonderful package of goodies!
|Cheryl Penn's cover: Mail Art Makes the World a Town Edition IX|
|John Bennett, Rosa Gravino|
|Andrew Maximillian Niss, C. Mehrl Bennett, John Bennett|
|Rebecca Guyver, Lesley Magwood Fraser|
|Torill Elisabeth Larsen, Uli Grohmann|
One of the things about Cheryl is that she makes you feel as if you belong. I suspect she is a very good teacher, empowering her students to believe. And belonging in this group, in this zine, in this network, matters.
I've pulled out a few spreads for your delight so we can smile and nod approvingly at the way Cheryl has paired work, adding to the story.
Cheryl's note said 'send again'. Of course I will.
Monday, November 18, 2013
I missed the latest mail art meetup in London, again. Sue (Stripygoose), Mail art Martha and Bris Chris met and made postcards. I received one of the five! Many thanks.
Friday, November 8, 2013
I had a message from Claire asking if I'd received a change of address card from her. I'd read about these, but alas, had not been the recipient…
A Dinsmore envelope shouts DINSMORE in a quiet, tranquil, cat-storke of a way. When it arrived I was delighted and expectant.
I commented in an earlier blog about how each element of a Dinsmore composition is 'just right'. This time I notice the graphic choices, particularly, as well.
Having never been to Pittsburgh, I can only guess at this landscape. I can't quite place it, but somethings pulls on my own East Coast heartstrings.
In the same way that when a Stephanie Blake arrives, I can't quite bring myself to open the packet, in this case, stickers! The opaque not knowing is perhaps better than the finding out.
As ever with Claire's packaging, I can't help but covet. I'm sure WE don't have stamps like those and I certainly can't make them (Like BF) and that washi tape...
Many, many thanks, Claire. I am working on an obsessive project for my mail art friends that is taking much more time than first anticipated… but yours is on deck.