Friday, February 16, 2018

Lyra's Tears of Joy, Kitchen Lithography and Freeze Games

Have you ever noticed that when you scan stuff orange loses its saturation?  I use orange quite a bit and scanning work is problematic, but it's only some oranges, flourescent orange, to be exact and Carina is the master of flourescent orange tape! I would've photographed this but it's dark now and I couldn't bear to go another day without opening my package and sharing it with you all, so scns will have to do. Ah Carina!
A package from Carina reminds me of the Sound of Music.  I find myself humming 'my favourite things' as I loosen the string. LYRA. As Burglar Bill would say, 'I'll 'ave that.' I mailed off the rest of my doodle pages today and I am at least one short so a spare new doodle will come in useful. Lyra! Oh I wish you could meet each other. …'brown paper packages tied up with string… these are a few of my favourite things…'
This character, a red-headed teeenage therapist belongs in the Ginger Embassy (think Elgin Mansion with red heads).  On the other side Carina tells me about her new process: 'Kitchen lithography' and this new boekie!  J'adore! In fact, I might even say one of your best.  Keep printing and I love the digital work too!

 The cover and frontispiece are like chalkboards, haptic too.  You feel like you're reading something secret yet rehearsed. The words and letters are both representational and abstract.  There is twofoldness that I love. I am a child.  I am a teacher.  I am alive.

And the monsters, KITCHEN LITHOGRAPHY, authentically child like but adult in their simplicity too.  I feel they could come to life and are also timeless. Wowzer.

And Carina wins the first in with her DKULT Doodle therapy page! Thank you Carina and thank you Joel Cohen. To be fair, as I only mailed most of the others today, she's had a bit of a head start! And I can already see how making these books is gonna be tricky. Huge thanks.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Chartreuse and woes of wanted and unwanted attention - Voyageur Postal

Herman's envelope of the unwanted attention of a true romance rogue, brings me right back to teenage hours wondering what the world held in store for me…

Next I look at it from an aesthetic angle and delight in the squares of colour and the way they break up the tension of space.
For me, a day at the hairdresser would be absolute purgatory, but interestingly, Herman's hairdressing side of the envelope with it's swinging london feel and chartreuse print, exists in a parallel universe:  the radio is debating objectification and beauty and I find myself wondering if this little lady enjoys her coiffure, and is she does is that OK? Would she call herself a feminist?  One thing's for sure, the man attending to her seems to love his job. This is a very fun pair of images and quite provocative in an aesthetic way too!
Hurray for Herman! and what a wonderful muse this roman makes in his pillar of stamps. and if youask me, It looks like Herman's heart includes Falmouth, one of the prettiesst places in the southwest of the UK… and I don't blame him!


Love these moustached men!




Can you spy the collage Herman has made me in the midst of all the wonderful pieces of collage material he sent too? I nearly missed it!
 Huge thanks.  What a beautiful mail art surprise!

Calendar cut up fields of colour


One of the things that I admire about Tofu is the way he refuses to get overwhelmed with his prolific output. This card, his recycled calendar from 201,  is number 20/21.  I imagine that he was moving last year's calendar around his studio in the course of early January and on one occasion he seized on the idea to use it as mail art, cleared the decks, cut and glued and got them out and in the mail before the end of the month!  What a feat!

The result has a recognizeably vintage feel.  I love it's haptic quality and the tessolations of colour. 
I will try to emmulate Tofu and use all the stuff I move around my studio to make mail art in the future!



Sunday, February 4, 2018

Life's a beach (or) Man's got to do what man's got to do - the Story of Seaglass


Great to receive this first mailing from Steve Howell in California.  The postcard has such teeny tiny writing that I needed to scan it and push plus to read it properly.  It was worth the effort.  Steve makes sea glass and WE LOVE Seaglass but it's not actually OK to make sea glass and his story explains the pains he takes to do his part to ensure that beach combers are not disappointed. 

They even have a festival of sea glass where Steve lives. And Sea Glass is also known as mermaid's tears.  Love it!

ON Cranberry Island we used to have tons of sea glass and sea pottery.  Everyone threw everything in the sea and it washed up on the shores, broken and polished.  Now we mostly get plastic. YOu can find sea glass on "sea glass beach," though, but I once saw Laurie Wadsworth throwing bottles into the sea so I see why. I think they buy their bottles with sea glass in mind down at that end of the island!

Thanks Steve, hope the festival is s a good one!

Friday, January 26, 2018












Tic Tac's post is always remarkable, beautiful and fool of goodies.  This mailing is no exception! 

From the fishbowl man and his inspecting accomplice and the women doing what women do,  REALLY? the envelope made me smile and I'd rent a space on the back of a tic tac envie, no question!

The stamps.  The stamps. And the Marie Antoinette cupcake project postcard! right down to the palm sized etc bookie.  Great stuff.  You won't believe it but I have already put some stuff in an envelope ready to mail to you!  Many thanks.
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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Hard Boiled … the cold has gone to my head


First, big thanks for the holiday card.  I am sorry I haven't blogged before now! The image is brilliant, even if this literal mind isn't quite sure exactly the message i am meant to be taking. 

Quite a few years ago, now, I worked for a book publisher americanising books. sometimes humour doesn't translate and sometimes expressions are har to translate. This is what google tells me 'Hard Boiled' means:

ADJECTIVE
(of an egg) boiled until the white and the yolk are solid.(of a person) tough and cynical."a hard-boiled Hollywood producer"synonyms: cynical · tough · hardened · hard-bitten · hard-headed · 
denoting a tough, realistic style of detective fiction: "a hard-boiled thriller"


So are we talking climate change? Have snow men seen it all before? or are we all part of the Truman show? Perhaps there's a clue in the stamps.
Brilliant! Thank you.



International Creative Exchange

In most cases you can find stuff in America that you can't find here in England.  In this case, there are these paper products here that I knew my sister would love and could I get them in America?  Let me tell you, I googled and googled and eventually I gave up and gave in and mailed her some from here.  This zentangle extravaganza is my return.  I love it Katy Kehoe.  I'm sure the little frames would set off some Akua inspired prints too!  Let me know if you need some more in May… can't wait.

You can see more of Katy's zentangles here: http://katykehoezentangle.blogspot.co.uk