making mail boxes smile

29 Jan

Back in 2008 my most amazing friend Justice Bicycle started a mail art group to help ease the pain of a boring summers between semesters and to have something actually fun show up in your mailbox. Essentially the only rule was, if you got something in the mail, you had to send something back. What you send is completely up to you. It truly can be anything: drawings, poems, photos, found objects, memorabilia, stickers, paintings, prints, trading cards, etc – your imagination is the limit! Over the years, people have been curious about the idea & asked if they could exchange with me. Now I have all sorts of people on my mail art list including colleagues, friends, family, studio mates and twitter followers. It finally hit me just last week to start documenting some of the things I send, as it has become an important creative outlet for me and essentially is a secret part of my practice.

I sent a package filled with love to Anika Starmer and was so happy to hear her reaction: “@jessicagowling OMG! got your mail art today! almost cried when I saw the painting you made. seriously thank you SO much. love love LOVE it! if you’re not familiar w/her artwork check her out. super talented & a lovely person.” It feels so awesome to spend a few hours of my day to make someone miles away smile and feel special. The best goodie in the envelope? A watercolor portrait of her two cute dachshunds Otto and Kasi.

I also sent a fun parcel to @ezerd containing a limited edition gocco print, stickers and a mini collage featuring lemurs (shown below). “Got some radtastic mail art today from @jessicagowling !!! Happy happy! Thanks Jess!” You’re VERY welcome my robotic friend!

I will of course be posting info and photos about future mail art packages, after I know they have arrived safely (I don’t want to spoil a good surprise). Also will be posting when I get responses mailed back!

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2 Responses to “making mail boxes smile”

  1. j 30/01/2011 at 12:38 #

    This is an amazing idea! Of course…now I want to participate too!

  2. Almost Monday 26/03/2011 at 10:31 #

    Love it! Send me your address! :)

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