Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mini mail from Gina Ulgen (Norwich, UK)

Great to receieve this flinstones meets Great Stupa, British style altered mini mail.  the blue envelope measures 1 x 1.5 inches!  Many thanks Gina.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Succulent Mixed Media Collage - Susan McAllister

You get the feel of the colours in this scan but miss the precision of the marks on each of the layers of this yummy piece from Ssuan.  She suggests on the back that it is a thank you for something I sent her.  WELL THANK YOU Susan.  I wish I could shrink another version and make a pair of earrings from this. It is very cool, very haptic, just delicious!

Exquisite original watercolours from Guido Vermeulen

I'm not sure how I got so lucky to receive FOUR original beauties from Guido. I am terribly behind in correspondence (I blame the series of mail art exhibitions I've been involved with this year).  Still, people with whom I was once in regular contact with have been neglected.  So you can imagine my delight when I opened Guido's envelope to find these radiant 3 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch watercolours.
Do You LIke My Fangs? - June 2014

Standing Stone in my Living Room - June 2014

This in not the End of our Conversations - June 2014
Courir À la Rencontre de la Nuit Prochaine - June 2014
Although the titles suggest that Guido doesn't mean for these to be uplifting, or joyous, I can't help but be overjoyed by these!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Trouble at the Lake 16/25 - Tofu

Overjoyed to receive this map study from Tofu, as I am hopelessly behind in correspondence and am surprised when I get any mail! This haptic card goes one step beyond a topographic map.  I can feel the waves and water.  Tofu places me at the scene and in the middle of 'trouble at the lake' - (title on the back, along with Tofu's stamps and my address, boldly on celery-coloured paint.)

We've been watching a few episodes of a detective drama set on the Orkney Isles.  Patrick is obsessed with the place and threatens to take me on a long and torturous drive and ferry to investigate, .  I wonder if we should invite TOFU to document the journey… or maybe tofu would like to go in my place? (Just kidding!)

PS: I have begun a new mailing, so before long all the people who have sent me things for MSK and Maritime mail art, or just sent me something, will be getting replies! Phew.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A floor full of post waiting for me!

Here is a list of the people who I received wonderful mail art from on my return from Maine:
Dam Batai Graphitismes (France)
Rosa Gravino (Argentina)
James Wilkinson (UK)
Katerina Nikoltsu (Greece) X 4
Alexander Limarev (Siberia, Russia)
Artist In Seine (France/ UK) X 2
Robert Ridley-Shackleton (UK)
Richard Baudet (France)
M Nidham (Oman)
Tofu (San Francisco, CA, USA)
Dystatic (Canada)
Cinzia Farina (Italy)
Ryosuke Cohen Braincell 889 (Japan)
Maria José Silva – Mizé (Portugal)
Carmela Rizzuto (Sunnyvale, CA, USA)
Theresa Williams Blue Velvis (Ohio, USA)
Matham Primary (UK): Elaine Elliott (teacher)
Owen Bloss (11 yrs)
Connie Bensley (11 yrs)
Jack Macleod (10 yrs)
Leighton Morisey (10 yrs)
Cara (10 yrs) x 2
Italia (10 yrs)
Luca Robinson (10 yrs)
Daniel Westrop (11 yrs)
Lydia Fox (11 yrs)
Jessica Farr (11 yrs)

Sara Roberts (10 yrs)

Most of this haul is for the upcoming Maritime Mail Art, a show that I will hang tomorrow in Ipswich on the waterfront at the Theta Cafe in Ipswich (UK), just in time for the Maritime Ipswich event! 

I think I have added two countries since the show on Cranberry Island, so have more than 20 contries represented.  Elaine Elliott, from Martham school in Norfolk, inspired a group of children who she took on a residential trip to Scarborough  This is the second time these students will have shown their mail art to the public in an exhibition I've hung! Huge thanks and congrats!

I won't have time to blog the individual pieces until they come down next week - for the moment you will need to be satisfied with a postage stamp view!  Many, many thanks!

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.