Thursday, April 8, 2021

Elixers, Ox and Mazola


In this lucky dip from David Stafford, I am provided with all that is needed for a happy year of the ox (thank you Patti). the bottle of Professor Edmund's Elixir of Life is a haptic wonder and relates to the Mazola bottle. I love a ridged bottle!

I also love a salad and a saute and the colour yellow!

Another key ingredient to a smorgasbord mailart, for me, is political commentary. 

Finally, celebratory mail art is always great.  Delighted to receive this (annual) hand-silkscreened Chinese New Year from David's partner, Patti! Fabulous!

Thanks David!

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Gardening Joy from Cascadia Artpost



If you've been following this blog for any time, you will know that Cascadia Artpost and I share a love of growing things and that he sends me (and others) seeds.  He knows I will sprinkle them and try to make the world a little more beautiful.  Year by year, this corner of Suffolk UK is becoming a little more colorful and a little more like a patch in Washington. It's so exciting!



Cascadia packages, thinks through and executes his projects with care and lovein a beautiful, aesthetic way. He has laid down the mantle and asks that we pick it up and celebrate garden flowers. I have been painting my garden, bouquet by bouquet, but hopefully, I will find a way to share my love with all things growoing with my mail art community.  Thank you for sparking something for the future!



 

Friday, March 19, 2021

Listen to 'A Migrant's Tale'

Thank you, Kevin, for such an important mailing! A few years ago, when I volunteered with Suffolk Refugee Support, suffolkrefugee, I helped hang an exhibition of photos of migrants arriving by boat into the UK. The photos were harrowing. I think it was a debate about UK's migrant policy that made our son the caring adult he became. I applaud you for shining a light on ths and for reminding us all to consider it and to listen.


 

Mailart, not Art by Mail




Richard Baudet and I have been exchanging for many years, albeit, annually.  Richard's mail art is instantly recogniseable, his calligraphy, his pallette. The first thing I notice about this mailing is the pillows, interspersed by stamps and campbells soup. It makes me wonder about richard's home… what kind of cushions does he have? Handwritten mail! Nothing beats it.

Richard sent me a note, too.  GET well soon! I am vaccinated (once) and am careful.  Take care and let us know that you feel better.

 

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Celebrating Garden Flowers




I love this very yummy postcard from Cascadi Artpost! When it arrived I hoped it was a precursor of what was to come (seeds) and lo and behold a day or two later... Seeds arrived! But this postcard also made me long to make a new flower mailing, myself. 

That's one of the BEST things about mailart.  The conversation, the very slow conversation in postcards and letter that feed off each other! I will respond. Thank you Jack.



 

I'm a cheerleader for the Sticker Dude

The Sticker Dude has a plan.  You can construe it by looking carefully at the stamps he chooses. He is a postal Greek God, an international postal force, a conservation-loving, Black Lives Matter, Olympic enthusiast, American football supporter, hopeful hospital believer and rings the liberty bell far and wide. 

He continues to add to my archive of mail art, assuring my place in Suffolk mail art history forever. Thank you Joel! Lots of great stuff here.  Look carefully.





























 

Monday, March 15, 2021

Armchair travelling in the time of Covid

 


If you are like me, you have spent a fair bit of time getting to know your close surroundings VERY well in the past year. Luckily, Ted Trager has sent me on some armchair travelling. I don't even need to put petrol in the car. 

The stunning black and white images piqued my curiosity.  I haven't been to any of the places in the photographs.  Have you?

Dry Tortugas National Park is in the Gulf of Mexico, west of Key West, Florida. It comprises 7 islands, plus protected coral reefs. Garden Key is home to beaches and the 19th-century Fort Jefferson. Loggerhead Key has a lighthouse and sea turtles. On nearby Loggerhead Reef, the Windjammer Wreck, the remains of an 1875 ship, is a popular dive site. Bush Key is a nesting site for seabirds like sooty terns. 

Coral Castle is an oolite limestone structure created by the Latvian-American eccentric Edward Leedskalnin. It is located in unincorporated territory of Miami-Dade County, Florida, between the cities of Homestead and Leisure City.

                                                    

Giant Rock is a large freestanding boulder in the Mojave Desert near Landers, California, and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms. The boulder covers 5,800 square feet of ground and is seven stories high.


Desert Christ Park is a 3.5-acre sculpture garden in Yucca Valley, California. The park was sculpted and created by Antone Martin, a former aircraft worker who died in 1961 at the age of 74. 



I'm not sure who this man is but there's something about the moustache that makes me think of one of my dastardly post-truth senators. But as I have never met Ted, it could be a self-portrait, a zoom portrait ... a bit of DKULT doodle therapy.


Happy New Year to you too, Ted.