a month of mail art – incoming – part 1

19 Mar

As I mentioned in my previous post, my regular weekly mail art post had become fairly time consuming and daunting because I now exchange with SO MANY pen pals around the world. I do love sharing and inspiring my readers with these postal pleasures, but documenting and chronicling the details of every package has essentially become a chore. I am at the point where I need to simplify these specific posts, as I am no longer able to efficiently chronicle every item that has been included. Below is my new approach… I hope you are excited and inspired by the 60+ incoming and outgoing envelopes that I have to share with you over the next few days….

I’ll start with a couple that have been sending me a series of themed envelopes about colours! My amazing friends Nick Oostyen & Olivia Delorme (@o_delorme) are responsible for the big splashes of vibrant hues in my postbox lately.My pal Cajsa Fredin of Blackstar Studio & Gallery recently went on a trip to New Zealand and sent me the sweetest layered owl and moustache stickers with a kiwi bird stamp!A former peer of mine from ACAD, Kelsey Fraser, is someone whose artwork I have always LOVED and always will LOVE. She sent me a belated valentine: a watercolour & graphite drawing of a character of hers with folded arms clutching a heart with my name.The wondrous Kathy Dahl recently took a trip to the Bahamas, but that didn’t slow down her pen palling! In true Kathy form, she altered a landscape postcard with cuts & stickers.The adorable Beverly Ealdama (@beverly_e) favorited one of my tweets ages ago, and it was so that she could create a one of a kind mixed media quote drawing for me! RAD!
The newly engaged Amanda Mcnair (@manderoon) sent me the sweetest little mini hardback book full of friendship quotes and adorable Strawberry Shortcake illustrations.Jill Griffin (@jillgriffinart) sent me piles of fun paper ephemera, postage stamps and some beautiful nature photographs – one of which I’d love to draw if I have her blessing.Miss Annarack (@annajanesearle) spoiled me rotten with a plentiful package! My faves are our silkscreen embroidery collaboration and a vintage envelope from 1977 covered in the most beautiful postage stamps and letter press designs of woodland animals.Jeannine Saylor (@saylor_made) made a beautiful envelope out of a British Columbia map and filled it to the brim with paper clippings, postcards and postage stamps.
You may remember this beautiful Blue Jay from a post I did for Garth Miller of Lake & Chapel. As a thank you for the post he sent me my very own copy of this woodblock print!I wanted to thank my readers for their patience: I know that I have deprived you of these posts for far too long! Hopefully you enjoyed getting to finally peek at the first half of my incoming envelopes from this past month. Tons more to come tomorrow, followed later by the outgoing mail I’ve recently sent.

4 Responses to “a month of mail art – incoming – part 1”

  1. Anna Jane Searle 19/03/2012 at 13:57 #

    I’m so glad you like your goodies from me. I so enjoy’d doing out collaboration. I actually found the postcards to go with the Woodland stamps in a market I went to, I think the guy was selling them at £1 each.

    You got some awesome things here, especially that St. Patrick’s day postcard LMAO.

  2. cArol 19/03/2012 at 15:28 #

    You really keep the postman busy don’t you? : ) I always enjoy seeing what cool stuff you get in the mail.
    Still don’t know how you handle that many pen pals. I used to have 30+. I love that I’ve gotten back into it and would like a few more but not that many again I think.
    Thanks for sharing. Better late than never, you know.

    • naturesmyfriend 19/03/2012 at 15:41 #

      I think I raise the postmans eyebrows every once and a while for sure. I am starting to be a bit overwhelmed by all of the pen pals… I stay afloat by answering asap, but was struggling with the photo editing and writing the blog posts… hopefully with the simplified blog posts it will be nothing but enjoyable again! I do love receiving and sending things from/to such creative and kind people <3 Your incoming envelope will be featured on tomorrow's post.

  3. Jeannine | SaylorMade 19/03/2012 at 17:58 #

    A simple post is perfect. I’m playing with paring my down as well… and I have nowhere near as many correspondents as you! I’d rather spend more time creating it than writing about it. I do want to ensure it’s documented and the senders are thanked. Happy to hear you enjoyed my last package! I’m still brewing ideas for your reply.

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