Tuesday, March 20, 2018

When it Rains it Pours (Mail Art)

After an exceptionally dry February, it has been pouring the last few weeks and art has been pouring into mail box as well.  A few more pieces for Valentine’s Day and a Year of the Dog print from Gina Visione and even a nod to Presidents Day.  A poetic set from e. coles that included some wool from a British Southdown Sheep!  Big envelopes, collaged postcards and some spring time mail art from Greece.  Here is a list of the recent senders:
  1. Dori Singh
  2. Susan Stewart
  3. Jennie Hinchliff
  4. Gina Visione
  5. Kerosene
  6. Julia Crossman
  7. e. coles
  8. Peter Müller
  9. Gregg Biggs and the Museum of Unclaimed Ephemera
  10. Katerina Nikoltsou
  11. Crackerjack Kid
  12. Lours Postal
  13. Marina Salmaso

Friday, March 16, 2018

Nautical Mail

I recently received some mail art from R.F. Côté that included a piece of an old nautical chart.  This motivated me to pull out some old, slightly mildewed nautical charts and to make some ATCs.  I am sending some back for and upcoming issue of Circulaire 132.  I also used some for a mail art call where the theme is watermarks.  That one is on the way to Germany. I was made some large pieces (i.e., 36” x 24”) about 10 years ago (see image).  It can be difficult to find old nautical charts.  For safety reasons, out of date charts are meant to be destroyed, lest they be used by mariners.  Back on Cape Cod, our neighbors included a typical New England curmudgeon. His wife secretly “disposed” of some of his horde by giving them to me for art purposes.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Postal Pugs

About a year ago I responded to a  call for art and mailed my pug-themed mail art to Germany.  I really appreciated the Edition 753 catalog that arrived last week.  And my model, Sammy, was quite pleased with himself.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

New Zealand Memories

Yesterday I popped into the de Young Museum to check out the exhibit of Gottfried Lindauer’s Maori Portraits.  As always, it’s the under-hyped shows like this one that tend be best at the de Young.  It’s up until April 1st and worth seeing.  They are running a brief film, as I wandered into the screening room the first thing I saw was Hokianga Harbour.  It is one of my favorite places on the planet.  I have been a few times in the winter.  I stayed in a swell motel where I was able to watch the water, the clouds and intermittent rain sweep in all day off the Tasman.  I can’t believe it has been over 20 years. 

And then there was something new from New Zealand waiting for me in my P.O. Box.  The latest in a series of incredible mail art from Robin Sparrow.  This postcard arrived safely in a cellophane envelope protecting the hand-embroidered San Francisco scene on the back.  I love it, including the Year of the Dog postage stamp.