Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
It feels a little funny blogging my own work here at the Postal Ledger… but Amy Irwen has taken my Spy Notebook and 'used' it in a way that adds depth, humour, additional meaning and aesthetic pizazz, so I guess it's OK!
I'm guessing Amy has used a local paper to find some of the words that allude to following, watching, note-taking about life from the point of view of the spy. The gobblydygoop, nonsense phrases suggest the incomprehensible that 'spy language' must be. Trashpo ephemera makes it all even better!
The idea for the Spy Notebook was in response to Alexander Limarev's mail art call: SPY, an inspiring and apt concept for 2014-2015!
Thanks so much Amy! I'm not sure I know how you parted with it!
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
These collages and trash poems by Nancy may be my favourite pieces from Nancy, of all time. Text as line, a breathtaking depth layered with ink and colour suggest the weather, the night and something malevolent in the forest. The uprights seem built, repurposed, sculptural. It is a world that makes one want to climb… and Nancy does with light what I ache to do.
Fabulous pieces may launch a second career in Suffolk! I am sure everyone will be reaching up to hold these haptic beauties at the show in Colchester in a few week's time and they'll be saying 'who is this Nancy Bell Scott?' Thank you enormously, Nancy! and I didn't even have to beg!
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Great to get these cards from Keiichi! On the back of the envelope reads, 'Happy New Year!' If I try to read my fortune in them I see energy, costume parties, some complictions and lots of fun. I notice that the stamp has the same palette as the cards. That's the kind of thing that I LOVE.
I wonder if Keiichi intended the drawings for my Spirit of the Forest mail art call. If you haven't sent me anything yet, consider sending. You can read more and see some of the images here:
In the meantime, many thanks to Keiichi! Thanks for a 2014 full of wonderful mail art!
Monday, January 12, 2015
You have to look closely at the surface of the photograph to make out the graffiti Dave Plumb, from Suffolk who went to France over New Year, sent me.
' George……. if what you say is true then why the impotance of erasing the past?'
'Hi Rebecca ,
When we arrived in Paris for our Christmas break we were walking from the Richard -Lenoir Metro to our hotel in Rue Amelot when I noticed some
interesting graffiti on a wall in Rue Pelee . I wrote these words down and used them as part of the postcards I sent you as they were indicative of the Parisian
enigma which requires as much thought as you are prepared to give. What I didn't realise until the events unfolded was that these words were written just yards from the offices of Charlie Hebdo. This makes them even more interesting than I realised .'
What I will call Aristide 3108's New Year's Ritual, a looking back and consolidation of a year. You may remember thatI was honoured with my very own ENCARTED some months ago. and here ARistide 3108 tells me that 'I cut it' with 2015. I suspect Aristide is a bit like me, saving her leftovers until they spill over. I see vestiges of encarteds repurposed - TRASHPO - of sorts.
I am not really doing this mailing justice. It arrived nested in envelopes in a particular way. I opened it and then wasn't sure how it had been… As usual, I get a version and then an original. It is layer, haptic ATC. And it has a steak of hot pink that speaks to me.
This is the back of one of the envelopes. a corner of an envelope with a different version
On the back of the original ATC are the names of 2014 ENCARTEDs. There I am, near GAC!
Great reminders, philosphical mail art. I am already imagining how to reply, but it may be a little while… Many thanks, so much fabulous food for thought to get me through the grey days of early 2015!
Friday, January 9, 2015
I'm sure you all know that I have a daughter we call Figgy and that I live in England. Well Stripygoose sent me a favourite Christmas greeting. although I am not particulalry partial to figgy pudding, I should be because I LOVE FIGGY. thank you Striygoose. time to put those christmas cards away until next december when I can begin cutting them up again!
The other day we had a visitor come for a few days. I had never met him, he works with Patrick but I felt like I knew him from overheard Skype calls. After dinner one night I tried to explain mail art, by showing him examples. The visitor was French and lives in Tanzania. He was open to mail art, but what perplexed him was that he thought from my description (obviously faulty) that there was no correspondence in mail art. This return banana is proof that even if it takes a few months some of us correspond. For me, mail art is one way only if the person you send to doesn't respond. But what is responding? Soemtimes I don't have time at the very moment I delight in something to blog it or respond to it. But at the moment I delight I have responded… Ideally, for me, mail art is about communicating, sometimes with words, sometimes with images, sometimes with ideas sometimes with all and more.
I sent Anna a sewn banana and an mini banana book, 'Almost a Banana' a few months ago. While Anna's art life revolves around bananas, mine goes bananas annually. So it's encouraging to get a note on the back of the postcard where Anna thanks me for my mini-book and says, 'I love the variations I receive… on bananas — a truly amazing demonstration of human and human creativity.'
Anna also told me about other artisst who stitch their mail art. One artist, Angela Behrendt even stitches banana stamps! Anna included a generous supply of stamps too! Many many thanks!
Sunday, January 4, 2015
I also like that Jay keeps me abreast of happenings in Massachusetts! Many thanks, Jay.
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