Thursday, May 16, 2019

Mail art out of context -

David Stafford sent me a boekie a little while ago and I enjoyed it and then scanned it and then I went to America and who knows what all these scans mean as a whole… I like that I get to pick the best option for me… 

...Anything remotely associated with 'domestic' is probably slightly inappropriate for me. I like to do domestic things but I will not march to anyone's domestic demands, unless they are demanded by my mother. Raking, cooking, dishes - only my mother gets those chores with a smile.

Although possibly/certainly out of order, David has sent me a great selection of imagery about women from, say, the time of Mad Men.  It's interesting to have grown up in that period, thinking it was 'normal' and to pass through and then to become a 'modern woman'. And I can agree with much I see here: the wonder, the glamour that domesticity conjured in that time... and the statement 'domestic mystery' describes it perfectly. Thank you David!

Friday, May 10, 2019

That sensation of eyes on you...

 Carina is waiting.  She is waiting for me to send her some worthy mail art, not just some doodle made on a Plane, something more substantial, something that shouts ' I care about you' or 'i'm a serious mail artist with something important and originl to say!' So I sent out eight pieces of mail art, stuff I began but hadn't completed. I am in Maine, gardening. and still I feel Carina's gaze on the back of my neck, reminding me that I am a disappointment and… of course there is more time… just do it!
I know Carina isn't actually on my case.  I know it is my own silly guilt but like the best mail art, Carina gets me thinking and i hope I can rise to Carina's brilliance!  Thanks for the gentle prod, Carina!

Cascadia sends more and keeps in the thick of the mail art community!

 Cascdia sent me more stamps so I wouldn't feel I couldn't use them so I brought these four sheets with me to america an am sending them on my envelopes!  It's wonderful and I know my mail art friends will appreciate them.

For the last few years I haven't been able to keep active in the wider mail art community.  i keep thinking that I want to organise a mail art exhibit but cn't commit to scanning thr incoming work in good time so i haven't moved forward. Cascadia seems to be in the thick of many mail art initiatives.  He is also hosting a mail artist from Argentine (Fernando Garcia Delgado). His garden is also taking off.

Before I left for America I scanned all my mail art.  I have to say, it's different and a little tricky to blog mail art without having it before me to hold in my hands. Still wanted you all to know that DADA  Triumph Motors will be back soon ands that truck month is back and will be recorded!

Huge thanks as ever, Cascadia!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

A few of my favourite things from Cascadia!

Not sure if Cascadia knows I am pretty in love with night light.  I have lots of pins on pinterest on the theme.  These stamps from Cascadia have arrived at the right home! I'll pin them later!
Another wonderful set of stamps! Is the original drawing Ipad art? I have to admit to not having used a single one of the stamps you've ever sent me because I can't bear to ruin the set… but I love these and think I should share! Bets on whether I will be able to do it...
Meanwhile back in the garden… Zinnas!  I love zinnias. This year I am already sprouting three kinds... but not these, not bespoke Cascadia zinnias! When I lived in Kenya (peace corps) I had a garden and every morning and afternoon I would survey the growth.  My zinnias were rampant and I would pick them and put them on my table, drawing then and just loving the. I will plant them tomorrow…one more job before my next hot cross bun.  

Below is my Cascadia garden that has overwintered and is already coming back vigorously!  Thank you, thank you.  I have been making a bit of mail again so will try to follow through and get it in the post after the long weekend to my mail art friends who bring me such joy!.  

Tofu's ICD - Soy Mundo

The haptic quality of Tofu's beautiful Interdimensional Communication Device  is really special.  I have been meaning to photograph it during the day (so that you can feel the depth) but it gets to be that 'after-dinner-time' and I still haven't managed, so today I gave in a scanned it.  You can't really FEEL the braille of the piece, but I can and it's fabulous!

Tofu, as well as making art and mail art, you should be making earrings with your cutouts! 

This piece is very 1980s, for me.  I think it's because I used to wear primary colours, jeans and striped shirts before I became a punk. It works, too! I am travelling between time. Many thanks, Tofu.  Exquisite.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Sticker Dude - Celebrating 40 years of Ragged Edge Press

Thomas Kerr's image of a press to celebrate 40 years suggests a workhorse and (for me) something verging on onerous.  For Joel I suspect it is a labour of love that has given him yearsof joy.  In comparing the making of art to other things we associate with ecstasy he says it all. That and stamps with James Stewart, Aurora Australis and Fulbright Scholarships put Joel's mail art into the stellar category. 

And the stuff in this mailing is another feast of ideas. 

This testimonial from one of  Joel's partners in creation, Thomas Kerr, is a must read if you don't know about the magic of Joel's work. I can concur with all that Thomas says.
an add and pass from Joel. Great stuff!

… perhaps there's a book...

the 40th Anniversary backstory is wonderful. I can hear the whirring press and imagine Joel's enthusiastic supervision. I can imagine the joy of working on printing important material and how good it must have felt to live on little and create so much. Hurrah, Joel and Diane and all you supporters and collaborators..   You've invented a wonderful life.