outgoing letters

15 Oct

I’m splitting this weekend’s mail art post up into two parts. Today I’ll show you some of the snail mail treats that surprised a few of my pen pals this week. First, I sent my grandmother a little note on a beautiful card gifted to me by Jessica Mack in her last mail art package! I loved that envelope & the vintage stamps helped to really set it off. The bear-loving Michelle Ashton (@zbyshka) knows what to expect from me now, so I’m sure the plethora of bear goodies made her happy. This is the first time I’ve sent polar bear images along with all of the grizzlies and black bears. My two favorite things in there were the vintage tea card about the polar bear as well as the Honey Paw Lager beer label. I owed both members of an incredible illustrating couple: Harriet Gray  (@harrietgray) & Luke Waller (@lucaxun), so I decided to make “diptych” style packages. Similar but different! I hope they liked all of the “matching” treats… I was especially thrilled to hear that both envelopes arrived together. I am currently finishing a screenprint edition that features my animal kingdom diptych drawings, so making proof prints onto blank envelopes was a great place to start for a DUO mail art package. I then found matching canadian stamps (including some lovely vintage beauties) and made echoing envelopes. Inside the items were different, but similar, and some of them actually had to go together to make sense. I wish I could have watched them open the packages. They each received an original hand-pulled print of mine, a gama-go postcard, stationery pages from my childhood, “hot & cold” flash cards, and some other fun paper ephemera & stickers. The final envelope I am writing about is actually more of a memorial. This envelope never arrived to it’s addressee because unfortunately Gabriella Barouch (@gabriellabr) moved to beautiful Paris and I had no idea!!! I replied to her amazing mail art back in mid-August and have only recently solved the mystery as to why it was taking so long for her to receive it. I hope the new tenants put the art to good use, because it obviously isn’t being sent back to my return address. Even though losing a letter is a rare occurrence for me, I can’t get too upset… it is a risk I take when sending mail by snail.

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4 Responses to “outgoing letters”

  1. Anna Jane Searle 15/10/2011 at 16:18 #

    I would cry if something of mine got lost in the post. Especially when putting something together so carefully. But these things do happen. I love the replacement snail mail to Gabriela. I am in love with that new screen print illustration you are doing. I can’t wait to it in its entirety. Love that Polar bear tea card.

    • naturesmyfriend 15/10/2011 at 16:28 #

      That envelope is actually the one that got lost :( I haven’t made a replacement for Gabriella yet. If I get the last bit done here, I should be sharing the new screenprints with you on the blog sometime this week. :)

  2. Anna Jane Searle 15/10/2011 at 17:04 #

    I know now…… LOL.

    and yay!!! to the screenprints :)

  3. harriet 16/10/2011 at 11:05 #

    awww luke and i were very happy indeed with our matching postal goodies! they technically didn’t arrive together – the postman pushed myine through the door, then about 15 minutes later another postman came to deliver lukes!! X

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