Monday, July 14, 2014

'When One is a Sad One' and more, from Meeah Williams, Brooklyn

The second envelope I received from Meeah on Cranberry Island  … (it's difficult to see the postmark, so couldn't tell which - this or Berry Maritime - was sent first)... is another beauty! Her work is a tapestry of colour, asemics, characters. stories and trashpo.  

This is a long hanging piece of 3 ATC sized cards, perhaps a comic strip of ATCs, although the story is definately tragicomic! If I were feeling generous I would send it on to Carina, as I am sure she would appreciate this one as much as I do!

I'm not sure, and I'm not sure again.  The first unsure is because I can't decide if I should read into mail art and the second is because my thoughts and ideas are not rooted in knowing, but in a sense.  I sense an anti-war poem.  Whatever Meeah intended, I hold this book (folded 4 x 6) and feel grave intention and beauty.

Thank you Meeah!  I am so shamelessly not making much mail art at all at the moment, but one day, before too long, I will reply.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Certified Rio G from Albuquerque (Kit Gonzales Moores)

First mail from Kit.  The colour says E Utopia but this card has an american flavour with Rio and 66, the ink is haptic and compelling!  Thank you.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Singing in the Rain from Amy Irwen

It has spluttered here on and off for a few days, although in East Anglia we are mostly dry.  But I have been sining in ever since I got this joyous card from Amy! amy calls it 'doodle art'.  I'm sure stripygoose will be jealous.  Many thanks, Amy!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Late to arrive but much appreciated Monochrome from Mariana Serban!

This will be hung in the upcoming exhibition on Cranberry Island at on the Ipswich waterfront.  Although I have a 'theme' for the call: Maritime Mail Art and Very Berrry Maritime Mail Art, I am accepting all interpretations.  Mariana's piece arrived shortly after the Monochrome, Semitone, odachrome exhibition had come down.  GREAT PITY, but I look forward to sharing this soon!Marian

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tape transfer perfection from Fake Fine Art

I'm not sure I can explain why this piece feels just right to me… Fake fine Art has used tape transfer in a way that builds the surface irregularly making the images obscure, recede and  come forward simultaneously.  She uses colour in a way that feels like a hand coloured photo and the structure, the planes of the piece are true. Every dab of latex, every line of black and white is considered and exact, without being in the least bit prissy.  It is un-nostalgically vintage. Bravo and thank you!

Jack Oudyn sends me three for the price of one!

I am the excited beneficiary of some beautiful work from Jack Oudyn's micropress. In my book, three for the price of one usually has some downside - these little books don't seem to be the stuff of bin ends.  Each is a little gem and I am delighted to add them to my collection!   I love Jack's wit and he makes me almost wish I taught teenagers again.  I would be the coolest teacher if I brought these books in for the delectation of my students!  Thank you Jack.  I owe you some mail art…