dwindling letters

26 Nov

The fact that I haven’t had the time to do mail art lately has me a bit sad. It’s been a hobby of mine for quite some time, and I truly enjoy writing, exchanging and gifting ideas, inspiration and ephemera with creatives & friends. However, I have always been a realist and so I was smart enough to understand that mail art had to move to the back burner while the OOAK rolling boil was moved to the front. I currently owe 15 people and am very much looking forward to returning home in December and doing a flurry of letter writing. This week I found ZERO letters in my postbox, while the last two envelopes that I sent out in early November, finally arrived to friends. The first to find a snail mail surprise was my amazing pal Helen Young who made my BFA adventure at ACAD far more exciting. I sadly haven’t seen this incredible individual for easily over a year, and I just wish we lived closer so we could have a hang out, ride our cruiser bikes and spin a killer poi session. For now, mail art will have to do. As you can see by the above photo, Helen was thrilled with her little package. Sent in a hand-made envelope emblazoned with 3d letter stickers: a molecular bear moleskine, a sexy catalogue man postcard with a note scrawled on the back, a bunch of fun graffiti stickers and a few of my own, a photocopy of the uppercase magazine page that features my studio, a book page reading “blaze of glory,” and a 1970’s classified clipping for a mail in order to build your own gun cabinet. The other friend who got a little mail this week is also from my ACAD days: Su Strang. I met this lady painter in a mandatory graduate class and we briefly exchanged mail art shortly after graduation. Somehow the correspondence died and it wasn’t until I recently joined facebook that I was able to rekindle our postal bond. To get things kicked off without much pressure, I sent her one of my new postcards with a carefully selected vintage ART CANADA stamp beauty. If I don’t receive any letters this coming week, then I must warn you, there will be no mail art post next weekend because all of my outgoing envelopes have already arrived. However, I promise that the end of December and the new year will bring many more mail art packages to share and explore with you.

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2 Responses to “dwindling letters”

  1. ejorpin 28/11/2011 at 20:03 #

    I am sad that your mail box is a bit neglected! But I adore Helen’s expression too cute!

    I know you owe lots of package but if you’d be interested I would LOVE to exchange mail art with you! I only have two mail art pals at the moment, and would like to add some more. Anyway, let me know if you’d like a package :)

  2. Crystal 29/11/2011 at 07:52 #

    I am sad your mail box is empty. Mine is too. I have been so busy with school and the two gigs I took on in the fall I am having a hard time just keeping the house clean and posting on my blog every now and then. Priorities first! Full mailboxes second!
    I think tonight I will have to set some time aside to write a few letters. My good friend lives on the other side of the world and I hear you one missing those moments of random craziness with dear friends.
    Oh and you spin poi? This is amazing!!! I learnt how to fire spin with a staff when I was in Australia & then when we traveled to Brazil we did a few shows. It was crazy and I will never forget the first time I singed the back of neck. Hair didn’t grow there for sometime after… ha ha Good times!
    Remember that good friends are never lost no matter distance between you.
    Okay I think I have commented the heck out of your blog now… ha ha Back to work for me.
    Much Love,
    Crystal

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