proud of my postbox

15 May

With my faux post office all set up, and with more and more letters arriving, I am getting closer and closer to postal bliss. I’m finally at a point where my trading and pen palling have afforded me the luxury of discovering a personal letter every day in my post box. At least that was the case this past week! It is a big change from where my mailbox was five years ago…I remember when I first started doing mail art: in the middle of my BFA studies, (thanks to the ever-incredible Justice Bicycle who put together a mail art group with ACAD friends) and I would FREAK OUT when a letter would show up randomly for me. The first few envelopes were enough to get me addicted and here I am half a decade later, constantly adding pen pals to my address book, sending/receiving tons more goodies and loving the process more than ever! The above photo is quite a bit of my mail art collection, spread across the floor for your eyes to feast on. I love how my envelope pile grows more and more all the time… I look forward to they day when I’m a grandma with nothing better to do than to sit in a screened porch, listen to the birds chirp and riffle through boxes of old letters/mail art, re-living my creative youth. My heart almost melted this week when I opened an envelope that showed up from Rhya Tamasauskas (aka @rhyat). Inside I discovered a zine, and the sweetest, sincerest note ever. I can’t believe I was a catalyst for this fabulous little publication coming into creation. Gush! Above is my favorite page “on the run.” If you’d like to see more, here’s her blog post about this radical zine ‘wolves’. The lovely UK based Jill Griffin (aka @jillgriffinart) made me a very thoughtful and decorated mail art reply full of discovery! There were many fun things to find inside the colourful envelope (sexy water skier should be noted), but the true gem was this double-sided, delicately painted seaside garden that folds up into a unique envelope, housing a small seashell. A second parcel from Chantal Vincent (aka @chantal_vincent) arrived in my postbox and it was just as fun to open as the package that held my custom hand-carved stamps. The second one contained mail art: an adorable deer print, a graph notepaper book stamped with the bear linocuts she made for the beloved bears post, a wee collection of old postal stamps and some paper goods! Almost Monday‘s (aka @almostmonday) first envelope brightened up my mailbox on Wednesday with plenty of bike themed paper goods and an A/P print of the linocut she sent off to Oregon Ink Spot. I must admit, I missed the exchange… my first time in 3 years… had the in-laws visit during the final week I had to complete the print, so I let it go with the wind. Glad that I somehow got a print from Ink Spot… thanks Serena! Timothy Conley (aka @aproposzine) sent me the most detailed, meticulous and high quality zine I’ve ever seen. I am used to quick, low-brow, photocopied pages, folded or staple bound… not layered, hand drawn, collage & stenciled elements onto various, layered found papers… PLUS it is just as much an altered book as it is zine, with repeated words circled and others disguised with hundreds of lines. Thank you so much Timothy I am blown away. Oh and I almost forgot to mention that the Marilyn card even had belated birthday wishes scrawled inside! So thoughtful…. One of my owl zines is already flying to Tim with many beaks full of gratitude.  Carrie Dennison (aka @erasercarver) is an owl lover who agreed to trade for one of my zines (which arrived this week on her doorstep). She sent me a print from this lovely linocut edition of a gorgeous horned owl. She also included other cute goodies like postcards, stamps and stickers! These beauties were all shipped in a pretty envelope with a deer on a mountain face. I like it.Beverly Ealdama (aka @beverly_e) got a mail art reply from me this week in one of my hand-made envelopes which had an owl zine, a maple leaf, some rad stickers including: veggies, ballerinas, foam elephants, purple monsters and of course the canadian sensation himself, BIEBER! A couple other fun found items made their way in there too! Looking forward to another exciting envelope from sunny California when Bev replies.On Monday, Anika Starmer (aka @aisforanika)got part 1 of a postal experiment and part 2 on Friday: I sent 2 postcards with ONE message scrawled across them both. They were posted on the same day, at the same time, yet one made it long before the other. What does this prove? That the postal system continues to elude me. Anyway, these postcards feature epic wiener dog illustrations from Gama-Go on the fronts. Across the backs: a gold-leaf name title, obscurely awesome wiener dog stickers by Alëxone and a pink and purple message about the postcard experiment and also about our upcoming collaborative project which I mailed off to Anika on Wendesday.  Shana Mattheis had to wait for her mountains made of fur zine because she gets her mail forwarded to her every 2 weeks, but it finally arrived. Helen Vine, Emily May, Buttercup Caren, and Louise Kiner all got a copy of my newest zine who? hoo! and they were all thrilled. Louise even wrote a very sweet blog post about both of my zines here. Getting and sending mail makes me feel warm & fuzzy.

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11 Responses to “proud of my postbox”

  1. ezerd 15/05/2011 at 09:36 #

    some gorgeous stuff there. lucky.

  2. Jeannine | SaylorMade 15/05/2011 at 11:58 #

    Holy Hanna that is a Huge pile of mail art. At this rate, you’re going to be a granny swimming in a pool of envelopes, hopping out every once in a while to read a letter, then diving back in for more.

    I envy the letter-a-day. My heart sinks a little when I retrieve bills, flyers and very hideous junk mail.

  3. Jill Griffin 15/05/2011 at 13:45 #

    what amazes me is the sheer variety…such fun!

  4. Chantal Vincent 15/05/2011 at 18:38 #

    Oh man! So much great stuff – there’s loads of unique creative going to and from your house – Mail Art Karma! It’s fabulous to see. Love that “Wolves” Zine, and the owl linocut too. Timothy’s zine is very cool too – patience of a saint to draw all those lines!

  5. caren 15/05/2011 at 20:26 #

    oooh, that first image made me dizzy with postal envy!
    I do so love my owl zine – thank you! I want to get more focused on doing snail mail / mail art – I’ve become too digitalized! There’s something so rewarding about putting together a little package, with care, to send to someone – and it’s magic getting something IN the mail!

  6. anika 15/05/2011 at 20:33 #

    that pile of mail art reminds me of a pile of money–i kinda want to roll around in it and throw it in the air; except i wouldn’t want to risk damaging the art! oh well. i’m tempted to mention the items that I particularly like, but then this comment might end up longer than your blog post!

  7. Kye Sangha 15/05/2011 at 21:54 #

    Holy Moly! That is some pile of loot ya’ got there, lady!
    The quality of the art just blows me away-so much talent & care. Hats off to the artists who contributed to this pile of dragons treasure.

  8. Jess @ Brown Paper Bunny 16/05/2011 at 00:07 #

    Take two. ;)

    I’m going to let you in on a little secret (but shhh, don’t tell anyone). You are going to LOVE the June project over at Creative Collective. Love, love, love it! I swear! But that’s all I can say for now…this message will self destruct in 5…4…3…2…1…

  9. eraser carver 17/05/2011 at 13:31 #

    Lovely post, I love to see all that mail art :) Thank you so much for your owl zine, it’s beautiful and I really enjoyed it.
    I see my lovely little village Post Office got in on the mail art act and put the Queen’s head over the top of the deer’s ;) That amuses me! It’s not often I see my envelopes after they’ve made their way through the mail system, so I wonder what else they get up to with my envelopes!

  10. May :: Earth to Girl 23/06/2011 at 16:13 #

    What a mail haul!! I just started getting into Mail Art again this past year, and I’m constantly discovering more and more people participating and blogging about it! Thank you for sharing all your nifty little mail treasures :)

    • naturesmyfriend 24/06/2011 at 21:56 #

      You’re very welcome!!! glad you enjoyed perusing my mail art adventures. I have a lot of previous mail art posts if you are itching for more… and I usually post a weekly mail art blog on the weekends with the outgoing & incoming mail, but the canadian postal service is having some issues. When it gets resolved, we should exchange. E-mail me if you are interested. art @ jessicagowling . com

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