Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Confusion of Doodles - the back and forth continues (I think)

So I recognise stuff and I don't recognise stuff and I think the letter came back to me in the same envelope it was mailed in with the same stamps.  That doesn't make sense.  But if it did, HOORAY! we beat the system, the over-priced, over-regulated system!  If it came from Martha, I might regonise her handiwork, that's odd and I see Mick has contributed and I thought Mick had had enough.

Whatever there is a lot here to peruse and REUSE, extend, transform, I guess.  I'd love your theory on the stamps.  Don't tell me DK is in the UK!

Sue Marsdon regifts a postal present

Some time ago Sue, chair caner and life model extraordinaire, and I discovered that we have a mutual love of mail art.  Sue has a passion for stamps and the way they are franked so when I found a book of unused postcards that had unused  stamps on them at a charity shop in Norwich, I knew I needed to buy them for Sue.  Last week I had a highly unusual event - an artist's lunch - at my house and took the opportunity to give Sue my find.

#27 and banana consolation - Phillip Lerche, Ohio

This Saturday some of my fusepo, (stitched fused plastic) and painted paper collages go on display at a local gallery.  The exhibitions at the gallery are themed and this one is called: COLOUR AND CONTEMPLATE.  I bring this up,  not for shameless self-promotion, but because this envelope from Phillip Lerche is  colourful collection of mail art that would fit right in with the theme!  #27 is the horizontal red light print. The top image is a digitally altered collage that Phillip made. (I am not sure which way is up, but it looks great from all angles).Tthe banana stamp is a consolation prize.  I usually take part in banana mailings but this time I wasn't informed, so missed out.  Big hearted Phillip is trying to make me feel better! Philllip has also included some kind words, which I always appreciate! Thank you. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Exciting news from Anna Banana

I wish I could go to this wonderful event.  I will certainly be sending another little something, taking heed of Anna's advice that we make our envelopes 'appealing'!

Weathered Trash from Mail Art Martha (UK)

Martha thought this trash, collected on London streets, in haste and in competition with council clean-up crews, was a 'little too tidy' so she put it out to weather.  Like all great artists, Martha's experiments yielded promise, the dripping stamps are full of possibility. 

 Also delighted with a new cat from Marths' jaguar series!

DKULT Fan Club fanzine, Borderline Grafix

So much to consider here about life, lifestyle, scientific breakthroughs, cautionary tales and instruction for success as a DKULTer. I am encouraged that so many wonderful happenings are taking place in the promise(dkult) land. 

I am concerned that one of the genetically modified mammals has escaped, though (were they relocated to local Cambridge laboratories?) Just yesterday I was disturbed by our dog, LYRA, who was barking obstreperously at the horizon.  On careful inspection I realised there was a stationary rat on the grass. I got very close, while trying to ascertain why the rat was not running away.  It looked remarkably like the specimen in my DKULT fanzine, although it may have been a bit rounder, heavier, can you call a rat fat without causing insult? 

Luckily the rat eventually moved, I missed its escape...Lyra stopped barking and I was able to return to my work. But if this is 'said' rat perhaps the engineering is not quite right?

Many thanks for BG. My copy is already quite well thumbed!

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Doodle carousel comes around again!

Morte fun and a different transformation on its way to you tomorrow!

Herman Kamphuis' ' Blondona Brunetta', timeless beauty and a few doodles

Herman Kamphuis and I always include a little correspondence in our mail art.  I wrote something in a previous correspodence that (because I used an idiom) was lost in translation and now that we have worked out the mix up he has responded by sending me all this wonderful stuff and more kind words!

I wonder if Herman wants to make a colab doodle book with Diane and me, his drawings drip with character! I intend to print out some of that fine paper above and use it in my own collages! I wonder where he found it...  Herman's paper is always so special. The way he wraps his treasures is also unique.  The inside envelope )top image) held the Blondona brunetta collage. So much material to come back to to make stories with!  Thank you Herman!