busy postboxes

18 Sep

The talented Luke Waller (@lucaxun) sent me an orange envelope decorated with my name & address in his gorgeous script writing. Inside was a lovely note, some post-cards that were barely mis-printed by moo (they are still SO gorgeous anyway) and a copy of his amazing color zine ‘Frolicsome’ with the most intricate and detailed drawings (a lot of which are on the postcards). Beautiful and incredibly textural work Luke! Kira Walker (@gali_gal) has helped prove to me that correspondence across the pond can be quicker than we think! I wrote her a letter and blogged about it just last week, and already I have received her reply. Inside the classic blue airmail envelope was a beautiful patterned chiffon sac containing a lovely letter and a cute box from some japanese candy. Katriona Chapman (@katchapman) was out of control with this generous package! I’m honestly surprised the envelope didn’t self-implode from awesomeness, or get trapped somewhere because it was so fat! I don’t even know where to start, but I suppose I’ll just list every incredible thing inside: Photos from her garden & town, her own & her some of her UK friends illustrations, awesome paper, bird and sexy fashion hunk ephemera, stickers, pinback button badges, magnets, tiny doll, fabric flower, cards and more! WOW.As for treats that I put together for others, the first to discover an envelope this week was Dana Davis (@dzynmkr). Honestly, I’m relieved to hear it arrived, as it had nearly been a month and I was starting to worry. Perhaps the tardy arrival is fitting after all because inside was an altered book page all about fall and the season turning (I had originally made this as a demo for a workshop I co-taught just 2 months ago). Along with the book page was a 1970’s tobogan ad, a couple postcards including one from the Williams Lake Stampede, a molecular bear trial proof, a gorgeous owl cut-out and a funny notecard.  Jessica Mack (@brownpaperbunny)’s package had to be fairly elaborate consider how much she spoiled me last time. I started collecting items for her while on my 6 week trip in the Columbia Valley, and one of my favorite things that I’d found was a tea tin with a tea-sipping koala on the front (I hid a whoopie cushion inside of it for boring tea parties). Other Aussie themed treats included a wooden koala puzzle and a kangaroo flash card and there was also a hand-made envelope filled with tons of rad bunny ephemera. Katie Whittington (@aspetalsfall) was the recipient of a lovely little garden themed envelope which was sent in & addressed with a classic airmail stationery. Inside was loads of vintage garden adds, stickers, book pages, magazine cut outs, stamps, a note and a gorgeous pressed flower with yellow and purple!  Sumi Senthi (@sumiart) also had a classic airmail envelope arrive on her doorstep. Hers was filled with tiny treasures: 1970’s hunting mag classified ads, library checkout stubs, vintage map & airmail stickers, wickedly illustrated foreign playing card, a tiny original drawing on rice paper of a whale, a magazine page that reads “what’s all the fuss is about flannel sheets!” (haha) and some awesome 3D robot / space ship stickers. Tessa Brown (@talulabblogger) began reading my blog, really enjoyed the mail art posts, then contacted me to exchange. She writes a blog about fashion, so I did my best to put together some fun “fashion” themed goodies for her first ever package from yours truly. A handmade envelope held a postcard from Helen Vine, a wee letter, one of my business cards and stickers of bow ties, shoes, hair accessories, make-up and fashionistas in hats. Tim Conley (@aproposzine) finally got an envelope I had sent back in JUNE!!! He moved to a new address and I swear his old landlord was holding his mail hostage. Relieved that it arrived, I hoped he’d enjoy the a/p print from the luxury of _ edition , some hilariously named paint samples, a note decorated with a little owl, stickers that spell apropos zine and items that I hoped would be of use in his busy collage-induced practice.Valeria Poropat (@valeriadraws) said she was crying from my envelopes – I hope that they were tears of joy! Valeria is so sweet, so she definitely deserves getting treated once and a while. I stared by splurging on a GORGEOUS $8 BEAR stamp (sorry didn’t have my camera at the post office). Inside was one of my original shaped etchings, a photo print of an altered book page, a postcard of the town I’m living in (which was oddly printed in ITALY!), 3 red rose tea cards with yellow birds on them all, 4 mini samples of washi tape and other tiny trinkets and treasures. After sealing and sending the envelope, I forgot the include a who? HOO! zine that I had promised her months ago, so I sent it in a seperate envelope… somehow the two arrived together, how adorable. I made Cheetarah (@missthundercat) a beautiful hand-made bird envelope and plastered it with all sorts of lovely vintage stamps. Inside there was two original drawings on rice paper: one done in graphite of a human skeleton and the other was a bird in flight done in ink. An amazing bald eagle postcard, stamps, stickers and also some fun ephemera!
Furthermore, this week in the mail, my sister and brother-in-law sent John and I the most lovely engagement present and Anika Starmer (@aisforanika) discovered our awesome collaborative project in her post box. With all of these fun things making their way around the globe, who can say snail mail is boring!?

7 Responses to “busy postboxes”

  1. KKLECTRIC 18/09/2011 at 12:29 #

    Hehe hope you enjoyed the wee letter and my hand writing wasn’t illegible. The stamps were provided by my fella who conveniently works for Royal Mail :D

    • naturesmyfriend 18/09/2011 at 12:57 #

      the gromit stamps were fabulous for sure!

  2. Kye Sangha (@KyeSangha) 18/09/2011 at 15:26 #

    As ever I am blown away by the variety & beauty of the mail art. All I can say is that you are a great friend to the post office, & it’s so wonderful to see Snail Mail in so many peoples lives!
    I just got your envelope yesterday, btw-it’s beautiful! Thank you!!

  3. Kate Lee (@kpatl) 18/09/2011 at 17:04 #

    Too much awesome for one blog post :) I love the chipmunk(?) in the second the last picture!

    • naturesmyfriend 18/09/2011 at 21:38 #

      Thanks Kate! He is a golden mantled ground squirrel but they are often mistaken for chipmunks. :)

  4. Anna Jane Searle 19/09/2011 at 05:37 #

    So much EPICNESS here me dear. I love those Robot 3D stickers. The squirrel etching is so so cute. Did I see a little whale drawing by you??? That is to die for. The package from Luke is amazing and so different to other packages that you have received in the past.

  5. Jeannine | SaylorMade 19/09/2011 at 12:53 #

    Super goodies as usual. Love reading these posts!!

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