letters back and forth

8 Jan

My mail art flow is steady again, with letters both outgoing and incoming. I can tell 2012 is going to be another fun year filled with glorious postal treats! This week I was treated by 5 letters while 6 of my packages have made it to their addressees. Sumi Senthi (@sumiart) gifted me quite the pile of gifts inside a lovely envelope that was originally tied with a white ribbon. Among sketches, paper ephemera, stickers and business cards were also pin back buttons, a wax sealed letter, a fold out 3-d cut paper tree, and the sweetest letterpress card congratulating John & I on our engagement.  I am starting to own quite the awesome collection of altered postcards from Kathy Dahl. This time I was greeted by the Canadian Rockies getting over taken by toy story creatures, trucks, planes, boats and cattle! Flipped over, it is just as awesome, with a nice note and more super rad stickers. One of my best friends, Hannah Peterson, is currently living in China as a language teacher, and so writing letters has been a great way to stay in touch with her. The recent package she sent to me included many Chineese treats: a pen with a fold out fan attached to the top, prayer beads, mini enamel panda bear key ring and a cut paper owl. She also wrote a wonderful message to me on the back of a colourful postcard.  Ella Goodwin (@ella_goodwin) was out of control with her generosity. This is the first package I have ever recieved from her, and she really out did herself (I’m honestly scared to reply haha). My jaw dropped when I saw a hand-sewn & stuffed cat doll!!! The overwhelming feeling didn’t cease as I riffled through wooden pins, cat shapped buttons, cards, prints, fabric, whistle and vintage bird ephemera to then come to a a mini drawn and hand cut diorama inside a matchbox! You are crazy and awesome, Ella. Art duo Nuno + Nela found my blog and contacted me for a mail art trade! I love that we have common interests: book arts and printmaking! The top prints are lovely; the bright coloured paper stock is a beautiful compliment to their sharply designed images. My favorite is the two gentlemen skeletons having a jolly good conversation. The altered book page is also beautiful, and I love how it has been mounted onto a thick rag paper. My gorgeous older sister Alison (@mrsalimartin) found a parcel from me that was centered around her favorite cartoon character, and all around kick-ass-chick, Wonder Woman. I made her a customized pocket mirror using a vintage photo of Lynda Carter and a strip of white paper with the words “you are WONDERful” typewritten in red ink. Along with it was some passed-on WW paper ephemera, a gemini stamp (she’s a May baby), a photo of me & my studio, a vintage smoking tobacco ad for her hubby who smokes a pipe and a little ragdoll cat photo (the type of kitty she owns). I had to hold off on mailing my nearly complete mail art reply to Jeannine Saylor (@saylor_made) until I had finished my contribution to Valeria’s International Traveling Sketchbook, because Jeannine would be the next to receive it. Once I had completed my page in the book, I added it into the bee & nautical stamp plastered envelope. Inside were vintage book and magazine pages with ships & boats, a flash card of goofy leaning on an anchor, typewriter poetry, 2012 planner stickers, a red rose vintage tea card with a ship, ship stickers, arctic animal stickers and a wee scrapbook page with red cardinals all over it ’cause they are one of her favorite birds. Katie Whittington (@aspetalsfall) found a pile of winged-ephemera in her lastest mail art reply from me. A collection of butterfly & beetle stickers, old scientific book pages about different moth types, a magazine page with a zoomed in view of butterfly wings & a little note on an M.C. Escher postcard of intricate, geometrically inter-twined winged beauties. The infamous Justice Bicycle (@Justice_Bicycle) has moved to the UK and she received 2 mail art replies from me that (for the first time!) had to travel all the way across the pond to get to her. First was a ridiculous postcard juxtaposing Bush with a cannibalistic Goya painting, and the second was a paper back Sailor Moon book that I found in our local thrift shop. I sent the book as is – no envelope required! I hope she loved them both. And finally, I recently got a generous order in my etsy shop from a loyal blog follower and facebook friend Valerie Robinson (@themindoffreya). I normally don’t post about my etsy orders, but she wrote the sweetest and kindest blog post about me and my parcel that I just couldn’t help but share it. Have a read of the article here and while you’re there read some of Valerie’s other fun and personal posts! In closing, I spent the beginning of 2012 cleaning, organizing and crossing off items on to-do lists. Returning home mid-December, I owed 22 people mail art, so writing letters was definitely a priority! I’m happy to say that I am now down to only owing 2 replies, which means I will have plenty of outgoing postal treats to share with you in coming weeks, not to mention whatever incoming envelopes that may show up in my postbox!

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11 Responses to “letters back and forth”

  1. TheMindOfFreya 08/01/2012 at 21:51 #

    This is all just so lovely! Such a pleasure :))

  2. ella 08/01/2012 at 23:59 #

    ahhhh what a beautiful lot of gorgeousness! Loved putting my little bit together, thanks for having me! Wonderful to see everyone’s fabulous packages. And on a more gruesome note – I went to the Prado in Madrid just before Christmas and saw the Goya’s Saturn Painting, so that card made me giggle! Eek!

  3. victoriastitch 09/01/2012 at 02:25 #

    wow what a lot of mail! it all looks so exciting, it makes me want to join in and do some mail art too!

    • naturesmyfriend 09/01/2012 at 08:06 #

      Why don’t you?! I am just an e-mail away from trading addresses :)

  4. Sumi Senthi 09/01/2012 at 04:30 #

    Yay glad it arrived! I meant to send that card so long ago. The postcard is hilarious! Only you could find such a gem :) xxx

  5. Christine Shenali Weera 09/01/2012 at 09:51 #

    looking forward to putting together some mail – Happy New Year Jess!

  6. Sarah Burch on facebook 09/01/2012 at 13:02 #

    Excellent I will exchange mail art with you in memory of the studio conversations we had whilst you were trying to find Mitch I am on the Rock now and loving it.

  7. Anna Jane Searle 09/01/2012 at 13:08 #

    such awesomeness…….I am intrigued by the frog specimen drawing that Sumi drew for you, really love it. That owl cut out is fab and the box diorama WOW!!!! I want to see a close up of it me dear so I can appreciate it even more. Love what you sent Katie and Jeannine, they totally represent their characters.

  8. Jeannine | SaylorMade 09/01/2012 at 17:08 #

    Thanks again (and again, hehe) for the package! It’s true, the cardinals are my favourite bird and I am a little blue that they don’t visit the island. To mend my broken heart, a HUGE woodpecker was in the clear view from my patio window today. He just seemed so enormous to me and he’s left baseball sized holes in the tree I can see from my door. There must be some good bugs in there and he may be a frequent visitor because there are a lot of holes. I spied him with my binoculars & then tried to take a few pictures. I’ll check tonight to see if they turned out.

    I hope you weren’t upset that I had the pink car advert in my photos. I was so oddly drawn to it that it had to be in my montage.

    • naturesmyfriend 09/01/2012 at 18:24 #

      Hah! upset hardly! just surprised that you chose that particular side to showcase… it reinforces the fact that I need to broaden my “Jeannine Pile” horizons… Romance, architecture and maps are next in line.. with of course a few bees and boats mixed in haha

  9. Hannah 09/01/2012 at 21:31 #

    HOoray! Jessica, I love you

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