Friday, August 18, 2017

More Resistance from Mars

I heard a fascinating programme on women's hour today.  There was a panel of women from the Charlottesville protest.You can find it here and it's today's women's hour, 18th August, 2017 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007qlvb/episodes/player You might be able to access it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b090vdk3 I think Mars is speaking to the current climate of a rarified climate for women like us and what our role should be.   whatever she meant, it is a great image with a nudge and wink and a pattern of behaviour.


Holism and stamps


I'm not sure how I could wait so long to post this hilarious (to artistamp makers/mail artists and anoraks of a particular type) mailing from Cascadia artpost! Is it really THAT OLD? 1989, the year I got married (because of mail art).Just goes to show you that nothing much (except for Trump's cabinet) really changes much. My personal favourite is the rake.

Thanks and sorry it's taken me so long to acknowledge! Great other stamps too!

Brain Cell 986


 I need to get back on the F'ing bus with my mail art! DKULT. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/feb/23/change-life-helsinki-bus-station-theory


Carina's missing mail artists and body parts

What a great project but what a lame mail artist I am!  Imagine making Carina wait for months!  I promise it has nothing to do with arrogance and I have to admit that when I finally ear marked the time it was lots of fun to respond to Carina's quirky call!  I actually finished it weeks ago and even put a stamp on it but hoped to add more to the envelope.  In the end I decided to mail it from the airport and then forgot so I had the dilemna of whether to put US postage on top of the UK postage  or to wait…and in the end I saved I and mailed it earlier in the week.  Hopefully Carina received it, or if not, don't scroll down until you do, Carina!






Sticker Dude's 'Nibble' Philosophy

I have just returned from our annual summer Cranberry Island trip, not to be confused with my garden working holiday in May. I scanned a bunch of thing before I left with the intention of blogging them from Maine but I got started on a project and AGAIN that took precedence.  It's appalling!

I had started a blog and have lost the plot so will try to dig the mail art out and see what I was thinking.  It began: 'I  never exchanged mail art with Harley http://www.terracandella.com/artistamps/index.html https://oberlinreview.org/12505/news/remembering-oberlin-artist-harley-founder-of-terra-candella/ but Buzz Blur… Sticker Dude and Mike Dicau must have. ' I love the image and love the tradition of honouring special mail artists with their own stamp. the sentiment of nibbling away at society's thick hide with love and sharp teeth is certainly what Sticker Dude practices!

The article about Comey is still as apt today as it was in the height of the Comey Era of Trump's presidency. And although news moves fast, Bannon today, other idiocy yesterday, we need to keep nibbling.

Midget City proves that news has always been more fake than real, or something! Take a close look at all the wonderful stamps and big thanks, Sticker Dude!  Life continues to run away from me but just wait for the late summer catch up! It's coming!








Saturday, July 22, 2017

Asemic Front starters



 Horrified to see that DVS made these and mailed them out to me straightaway and I am only now acknowledging them! I showed them to people at my Open Studio and these starters caused quite a stir!

Some of you may not know that I got a surprise honour/award in mid June and since then my time has been carved up a little more and it seems as if time is at a perpertual tipping point.  It's all great, but I simply can't fit everything in a day or a week or a month so I'm getting more and more behind. I refuse to feel stressed about mail art and I am supremely reliable, so I trust it will all work itself out but it is Saturday night at 9:19 amd I'm tw months behind and I need to go and start the plum chutney because I already pitted the plums… etc.

This mailing from DVS is exciting and daunting, a bit like the New English Art Club Drawing Scholarship. I am out of my comfort zone but will have a go and hopefully once I'm in the corner something will happen. The starters are inspiring.  I've placed them around my studio and will let my brain do some of the backgorund intuitive thinking for a while and then…
Thanks DVS. They won't be in your mailbox for a little while, yet.






Tofu: Palette and Place

 In case I get a thumbnail in my reading list, I decided to put the above Columbia colours at the top of this post. Tofu and I LOVE colour and we live in a world where we are driven by the magic of seeing something or imagining something and finding some way to convey it in colour. We also both like labels, or rather, surprising labels. Tofu's labels are like poetry.






 So obviously, this project is right up my alley. And I am sorry that it has taken me a little longer than usual - ok a lot longer than usual to blog it!  I blame Aristide 3108! :) I did open it and hang it in my Open Studio exhibition, though! Thank you TOFU