envelope excitement – for me

13 Jun

My mailbox was graced with three lovely items this past week. First, Tim Conley of apropos zine (aka @aproposzine) spoiled me again at the mailbox with another edition of his incredible handmade-altered-book-collage work! Accompanied no less by the sweetest note card saying he plans to be an avid collector of my work one day. The feeling is mutual my friend. His newest unique zine was titled throw back and featured an altered Sapporo beer can as the cover (who knew an amazing asian beer was also an anagram for apropos)! Inside, an unbound set of 6 wickedly intricate collage pieces! I am so proud to add yet another apropos to my bookshelf section of hand-made one-of-a-kinds. I also really enjoyed imagining what Tim’s studio looks like when he really gets into some serious art making… papers, magazines and books scattered everywhere, scissors, tape & glue in piles and a floor covered in paper confetti: it’s a lovely vision. Jaime Madellena (aka @sendmoremail) wrote me a lovely letter on some fantastic bicycle themed stationery! She has been super busy with her business but has decided to treat herself to Italian lessons and the occasional bike ride in the hot and humid weather of the east. Oh, and she also included two lovely teas for me to try out. Carney Oudendag, my sister from another mister, has graciously agreed to work on a collaborative project. Carney is the most INCREDIBLE mixed media and collage artist. Her canvases are incredible, and have so many layers to discover. I have worked collaboratively with her previously on a screenprint edition of 23 and am also a proud owner of one of her paintings. This time I had an old accordion book kicking around and thought it needed some jazzing up. We had yapped about doing something together again, but have never gotten around to it. So, I started doodling, painting, collaging onto this accordion book, and sent it off to her like this: She has added a layer of her own style, and has sent it back to me, so I can work off of her imagery. How exciting it is to see it slowly transform. Here are her additions: And some lovely detail shots of our work beginning to collide: Along with it she gifted me some incredible items!!! A set of colored metallic markers, some awesome send off magazine clippings (in case i want a replica royal wedding engagment ring, or a light up/talking nativity scene) hahaha, and the most AMAZING second hand find all about western animals and their tracks. LOVE IT! I will actually be getting the chance to spend time with this lovely lady, as I do a quick trip down to Calgary, Alberta to do some etching at Alberta Printmaker’s Society, then up to Invermere, BC for a stay at my cabin to do my August long weekend Art Tour Orientation and visit family and friends (Carney included)! Should be a blast, although I will be away from my post box, so won’t be blogging about any received mail this coming week, only outgoing envelopes.

9 Responses to “envelope excitement – for me”

  1. Kye Sangha 13/06/2011 at 11:16 #

    Sweet treats! You have great friends!

  2. Jeannine | SaylorMade 13/06/2011 at 12:19 #

    Gorgeous collaborative work with Carney!

    • naturesmyfriend 13/06/2011 at 16:46 #

      Fun hey?!?! i’m excited to see how it progresses further. I think the hard part will be knowing when to stop!!!

  3. Tina 13/06/2011 at 16:00 #

    Hey Jessica–I just wanted to let you know how inspiring all this mail art is. I found your blog a few days ago and poured through it. Just a few weeks ago I graduated from college and moved halfway across the country, while many of my friends (and my significant other!) are still kicking around our old haunts. I’d already starting sending letters and postcards, but reading your blog has made me want to do more, and I’ve started making lists and collecting little found things and making tiny games and treats and surprises. Truly, what’s better than opening a mail box to get something beautiful and exciting? And as you demonstrate, it’s a wonderful way to keep an exchange going with loved ones far away.

    Anyway, just wanted to say thanks. :)

    • naturesmyfriend 13/06/2011 at 16:46 #

      Wow Tina, thank you for leaving such a thoughtful reply!!! It is so nice to hear things like this, it makes the grueling writing and photo editing process of the mail art posts all worth while! I am so happy to have inspired you – your friends and family are in store for some fabulous treats I’m sure. Thank you also for your kind words about my blog and for reading back to older posts. Your readership is very much appreciated. Hope to hear more comments from you in the future! All the best.

  4. Russelle Adams 13/06/2011 at 22:18 #

    The green boys frighten and delight…at the same time… :)

  5. Thuraya Lynn 14/06/2011 at 01:50 #

    Inspiring collection! Lovely!

  6. Felipa 27/03/2013 at 03:10 #

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    I will bookmark your blog and check again here frequently.
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