Sunday, August 30, 2015

DKult research Issue - Borderline Grafix

Whoopee, I got my own copy of the latest DKult zine: the DKult Research Issue (Scientific Inquiry), from Borderline Grafix!  This haptic issue contains examples of had carved artiststamps, stickers, ironic photos, scientific symbols arranged asemicly, propoganda, DKult lexicon, pop culture, handwritten additions and images and language to make one feel inferior, in the know and part of the club simultaneously.  It's brilliant! I can't wait to see the Dkult Poetry Pamphlet that I'm sure must be the best edition to follow! Huge thanks Borderline.

Matisse from Diana Hale

Diana Hale found a bunch of postcards and used them to invent the Philpott Lake Project
The way that worked was that she sent all the people who agreed to alter postcards each a postcard.  Mine arrived just before I went to Maine and I lost it… I had taken a photo of it so I used the photo to make a print and began from that.  I was thinking about a lake that spawned life, somewhere off the map.

Diana sent me back the above card.  It was folded and closed with two stickers. I presume there was nothing more inside. Nothing beats Matisse!

Keiichi and the Lion and shapes

I love receiving mail art from Keiichi in Tokyo! these pieces are on super smooth paper and although quite different from each other, they are certainly related. I love the juxtapostion of abstract and surreal. Keiichi is interested in energy and stillness.  Beautiful stuff!  Apparently it is very hot in Tokyo. It was here too but then we had rain and how I worry that my tomatoes will never ripen!

Friday, August 14, 2015

David Stafford's invitation to Toxis

I forgot, I did send something to David.  when I was in America, doling out the Maritime Mail Art catalogues, I sent one to David.  How could I mix Wendy up with David?  There handwriting isn't really that similar.

The view from the bridge over the Taos gorge (acccording to David)

David tells me he is happy to be included in the Maritime Mail Art catalogue.  He doesn't remember an 'entry'.  It gets confusing when you have a  mail art call… stuff comes.  It's unlabelled and you need to use your imagination to make it fit because whatever you might expected, they always send the unexpected.  Sometimes people send you stuff that they mean to be for the call and you don't figure it out.  Sometimes it goes the other way.

As you can see below, David's fisherman sweater certainly qualified for maritime mail art, so I included him. 

As far as big shot art curator types, they don't take me seriousy so David, you need to make OUR luck, I just can't do it!

Tofu thinks I'm a peach

Tradition dictated that I make a Maritime Mail Art Catalogue after last year's show.  It took me nearly a year to get the file to the printer and when I went to Maine I took a handful of catalogues to send to key people who live in The States.  One of those key people was Tofu.  In reply he sent me this fab postcard. 

Haptic therapy and advice - Diane Keys

In no particular order, the contents of another stupendous packed envelope from Diane Keys.

Beautiful tie-dyed envelope and fancy writing paper

OOPS, I forgot what I was doing and reached in during the scan, (pardon my hand, scannerpo)

Love this gloriously haptic and aesthetic trash book 

This is P1 of life suggestions compilation!  I have read it repeatedly and think  it would make a good list to breathe while I do my DKult exercises. It is full of so much sense, gathered from DKulters worldwide!

As ever Diane has left me with raw materials, open-ended gifts and lots of ideas!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

For the love of Avocados! Hudson Guyver

I have to tell you a little story about a house with running water, electricity and an avocado tree that sat just above the malarial line up a dusty track from the Kerio Valley in Kenya.  Although I had eaten avocados before, it was here that I was introduced to avocados on buttered toast with pepper and a squirt of lemon.  Where I lived, down the valley, I had a jiko and gathered water from my roof and only ate sukuma wiki and ugali, so those avocados were a pleasure I can vividly remember. Back then I made mail art, nightly, by lantern light and once the guy with the avocado tree left, I sent them all to him.

Roll on almost 25 years and our son is in Africa,  Malawi.  He's not interviewing farmers or teaching agriculture but at a hospital in Mzuzu learning about the tropical diseases we tried to avoid and at night when there isn't a fabulous band playing and he's finished cooking his sukuma wiki, it turns out he does what I did, he makes mail art and sent one to us! FABULOUS.