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!

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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