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weekly mail art

20 Nov

With barely over 2 weeks until OOAK in Vancouver, blogging has proven to be difficult, as it does take up quite a bit of time to type, photo-edit & proof-read. However I didn’t want to deprive my loyal readers of the weekly installment of mail art. So here we go: I needed my birth certificate for my passport application, so I asked my Pops to mail it over from Alberta. Little did I know he would include such thoughtful extras: That vintage photo is a natural tangent into my next letter because my older sister Alison (@mrsalimartin) who also sent me mail as well this week. A long letter typed by a chipmunk accompanied several very fun goodies: book art & beer articles, stamps, paint samples, classic photo and my sisters funniest grade school workbook journal entries written in french about me! TOO GOOD.Someone else who is just like family to me, also wrote this week: Carney Oudendag gifted me the most wondrous handprinted artist book that is over 50 years old. It is by a talented printmaker named Gwen Frostic. Titled “a walk with me” this beautiful publication speaks about nature’s splendor in the most poetic writing and is accompanied by detailed, multi-color linocuts. Carney also wrote me such a kind note and thoughtful inscription on the inside cover. A few parcels I sent at the end of October and early November have made their way to friends: First Caren Gibb found a deer themed package including: fuzzy sticker, stamps, pin back button, flash card and and original mixed media piece on wood. I enjoy my correspondence with Jamie Madalenna (@sendmoremail) because we write letters the old fashioned way, and there is something so much nicer about receiving news written in ink than via a text or tweet. I also usually stuff in one or two goodies; this time I added in vintage comic book themed stamps and an autumn-coloured maple leaf.Alexis Fullenkamp got her second installment of sexy mail art from me. This time it started with a handmade envelope covered in sexy anime characters and japanese tags. I added some sticky bubble quotes for extra hilarity. Inside were some sexy Bieber stickers and drawings as well as a VERY suggestive ‘catalogue man’ postcard, some puffy panda bears and a couple more tantalizing stickers. Alright… postal pleasures have officially been shared. Now, back to the grind!

in the mail: mushrooms, bumble bees, catalogue men and more

4 Jul

After last week’s mail art hiatus & lock out, I am back for a one more post. I say this because although Canada Post has finally begun mail service again, Wednesday morning, I leave for my solo show, workshops & art tour (a 5 1/2 week jaunt). Therefore, I will sadly be away from my postbox and thus forced to put my mail art making/blogging on the back burner. However, if envelopes I have sent show up, I will blog about them. But unfortunately there will be no incoming mail documentation. Don’t worry though, someone is lovingly collecting my post for me while I’m away so PLEASE DO CONTINUE TO SEND! That way come early August, when I return home, I will discover a pile of treats to open and post about then will be creating snail mail treats more than ever! But for now, without further ado, some amazing envelopes & parcels from the past 2 weeks: I’ll start with me, because I’ve only gotten 2 mail art packages in the past 2 weeks. First a much anticipated envelope from the amazing Jillian Hermansen (aka @jillianailsa) came to me, filled naturally with wondrous goods. Cheeky altered book pages & magazine clippings, zac effron temp tattoo, cat butt stickers, an awesome kitty/cupcake illustration that inspired a new pattern she just designed, an Alf trading card, neon stickers, and my favorite: a fortune telling fish. It curled all the way, which means I am PASSIONATE. Wow, spot on fishy!  Jeannine Saylor (aka @saylor_made) sent me a fantastic package (that I bullied her into sending ASAP because Jessica Mack’s Traveling Journal was going to her next, and I wanted to just add it into a mail art package that I had long been collecting items for). She obliged my requests and the package for me arrived just in time, 2 days before the postal lock out, filled with a generous pile of hand carved wine cork stamps, vintage animal images, a lovely letter, nautical & bear drawings and some fun found ephemera including a bubbly mother monster photo and mini rice paper sheets for origami stars. My reply to Jeannine, may not qualify as “MAIL ART” because the postal service was shut down, so I was forced to send it via courier. Glad to hear the extra bit of ca$h I spent on the parcel’s travels was well worth it, because two days later a puralator man (with full tattooed arm sleeves, YES!) knocked on her door and handed it over. Inside of course was the travelling journal, but also the most epic mail art package I have ever sent to her. It started innocently enough with nautical & royal ephemera, but then the main focus moved to her favorite insect: BEES! A tube of Burts Bee’s Wax lip balm, some bee and honey stickers, an AUTOGRAPHED copy of (Canadian Icon) David Suzuki’s ‘Looking at Insects’ paperback book and a roadside discovery from a bike ride of mine: A REAL GENUINE FUZZY HONEY BEE (who had to be saved from an army of ants who were after his sugar coated legs). The Suzuki book explains how to properly mount insects, so I believe Jeannine will be giving this gorgeous little guy the resting place he deserves. The talented Sarah Hutchinson Burke, (aka @theSecondMagpie) finally got an envelope from me a week or so ago, and she was well deserving of it, after having informed me of Hyperallergic’s Mail Art Exhibition. Plus she’s from Ireland, so I can’t wait to see some of her country’s stamps. I decorated her envelope with stickers and vintage stamps. She was gifted an A/P of my elk & 6 cardinals, a note with an original drawing, funny named paint sample, a mini book for her ‘fleeting thoughts’, ideas and to do lists and some lovely stickers and found ephemera. I replied promptly to the fantastic miss Kimi Kobashi (aka @kimikobashi) after she sent me a gorgeously hand decorated envelope. I created one of my ‘infamous’ Royalty speech bubble envelopes for her: the sergent puts Prince Charles in his place after butting in like a smart ass, haha. Inside was a stack of animal print origami sheets for her amazing paper crane project for Japan relief. A mini note book for 8 to do lists, one of the 3 bird bookmarks Ashley Gaia gifted me, a note and some fun stickers and found ephemera. After much anticipation, Anika Starmer (aka @aisforanika) received the fat envelope that housed a collaborative project that I created for just the two of us, called Patterns & Paws – please visit the link to see what was inside the envelope shown below and to find out what our awesome snail mail collaboration entails.Kathy Dahl is the mother of one of my greatest pals ever, and often professes her jealousy when a fabulously fun envelope arrives for her daughter. She loves mail art from me so much, that once she tried to drive to her daughters work to drop off a newly arrived envelope. I figured, hey, anyone that excited about snail mail, deserves to get some. So I decorated up one of my fabulous 1970’s Catalogue Men postcards and sent it off her way. (I was informed by a little bird that it made her VERY happy)!  Cheetarah (aka @missthundercat) tweeted me about her interest in mail art, and I said “I’m interested in having a pen pal from the Netherlands!” I put together a fun introductory package and decorated it with stickers and labels. Alas, I forgot to take a picture of the envelope, but I at least documented the contents: A hokusai print from an old calendar, an original snowflake watercolor texture painting, a kitschy 100 mile house postcard (we have the world’s largest x-country skis!), stickers and found ephemera including a ‘thundercat’…. well more like a lightning struck cat, but close enough…. Jamie Madallena (aka @sendmoremail) is a vintage stamp fanatic and actually got me hooked on to adding some old stamp beauties to a lot of mail art packages I send. So when I put together her most recent letter, I took the time to make every detail count. Mushroom themed, I started with an adorable Sukie envelope and adorned with with a newly issue mushroom stamp for the international year of the forest. On the back I had a couple other toadstool stickers, one for next to my address, and another with a strange antlered creature, sitting on a toadstool while spinning a yoyo off the edge. Inside a wee letter, a mushroom cut out and an epic mini watercolor drawing of a vintage set of Canadian Mushroom postage stamps (shown in the photo below).  Amanda White (aka @amanda_ink) sent me a very unique mail art package, filled to the brim with goodies. For the first time ever in my mail art adventures, a pen pal has sent an envelope that was THEMED! Amanda sent package “A” adorned it with an apple and filled it with fabulous “A” items, with promises of 25 more envelopes to come. Sticking to the trend, but while still remaining somewhat original, I decided if she had the ABC’s I’d take the 123’s. So package 1 featured: a 3 page letter (all numbered page 1), two altered book pages starting with theme or idea of ONE (1 Moose, and a found poem “the artist began at one, one, one”), a Mini kitty envelope with the first kitty sticker of her soon to be collection of 26, one super rad sticker of a bearded typewriter dude, and a few other ‘one’ themed goodies. Ruth King, a darling friend of mine in Invermere, got a short letter, written on Rhya’s awesome kitty stationery and a pile of stickers for her adorable little daughter Emmy, all wrapped up in a Sukie cloud envelope.  Caren Gibb, an old studio mate and good friend found a sultry envelope in her post box. I recycled a bad romance novel’s dust jacket and turned it into the envelope that housed some fun goodies for her, including a bike notecard from Chantal Vincent, one of the bird bookmarks gifted to me from Ashley Gaia and a wrapped A/P print of a filigree deer from the animal pattern moleskines. And last but not least, a small treat for my girlfriend Dayna Campbell who is working up in Fort McMurry, AB (poor soul) for a very well paying job. As a joke I sent her this old advert I found in a 1970’s magazine that says you can make tons of money learning how to use heavy equipment. I figured she’d get a chuckle, since that’s what she’s doing. I hope all of my penpals loved their goodies… There are a few more that are still waiting to arrive in post boxes, which I hope are just taking some extra time due to the mail strike / lock out. I will miss sending mail art for a month, but I’m in my favorite mountain town INVERMERE, and busy with so many other art adventures, I will hopefully be happily distracted until I come home in August to some letters.

spoiled at the mailbox

19 Apr

Another week has flown by and as always, many creative envelopes have come and gone… so without further ado, here’s another tasty mail art post coming at you… First on the docket, is a very special package I sent off to the UK for Jules Young (aka @muddleduck). The sweetheart e-mailed me about purchasing some of my buttons that I had posted about earlier. My etsy shop isn’t open yet, but I was more than happy to fill this order! She picked a dozen of her favorite buttons, and I sent them along with the mail art I owed her.Someone else finding buttons in the mail was my very good friend Nick Ooysten, who is the king of restaurant flare (if you haven’t seen office space, GO WATCH IT NOW). For the past 3 summers while working at the Scotty Burger, he has worn a golf hat adorned with pins. Each year his “flare” grows, as more and more people (including myself) have gotten in the habit of gifting him badges for his hat. So, what better way to kick off his return to another summer grilling season than with a brand-new set of one-of-a kind buttons! @andytgeezer has this blog called my real wall. He says “I got fed up of posts on my facebook wall, so I thought I’d close my facebook account and get back to my blogging roots. So I set this site up to receive REAL post. From REAL people.” FUN! I was happy to send Andy a maple leaf plastered Where’s Waldo postcard (who I’ve been informed is knwon as Wally in the UK). Andy also happens to be a newlywed, CONGRATS!My little zine finally arrived on Katriona Chapman‘s (aka @katchapman) doorstep, although I have no idea why took it so long. However, I’m very happy it made it there safely, because I got Kat’s lovely trade in the mail last week. A set of her stickers printed by moo, a small illustration print with a note scrawled on the back and a super cool self-illustrated coloring book! Gotta love interactive art; it was a fun piece to discover. Melanie Chadwick‘s (aka @meelybeeblog) zine trade also arrived. She is an avid tea lover and inside a UK golden stamped envelope, were some rad paper goods that were proof of this fact; a hand-drawn zine all about various teas and tea time treats. It is an absolute gem and I’m thrilled to add it to my bookshelf. I was also graced with two tea-lovin’ postcards, one I will of course keep, the other will make its way into my mail art circuit. Also a trade from Helen MacDonald (aka @jollygoodstudio) arrived. She was far too generous in her trade for a zine. Honestly, I felt like I got bombarded by goodies: two pin-back buttons, a fabric brooch, three postcards and a lovely note! Not to mention the COOLEST stamps ever! what, WIZARD EDITION? WITH DUMBLEDORE!? sick.Speaking of being spoiled, Jessica Mack (aka @brownpaperbunny) needs to slow down! We already did a zine trade (one of her book themed zines for a mountains made of fur zine). But then, after my zine arrived in her post box, she decided to send another envelope! THEN, after discussing how we should be doing mail art on the regular, she sends AGAIN! The third envelope hasn’t arrived yet, but honestly, do I ever get to write back? haha. The second package shown here included a suicide bunny post card, colorful animal stickers, a lino-cut card, a fashion illustration and a wee note were in there. My reply to all of these envelopes, including the one yet to arrive, has an awful lot to live up to!Jeannine Saylor (aka @saylor_made) sent a very personal envelope to me. Almost too personal: we’ve been having ant problems (which the landlord has hopefully eradicated this past week) so she decided to send an ant adorned envelope! I guess Jeannine finds joy in my misery… what a cheeky little thing haha. Inside however, she made up for her slight jab, with 9 adorable cards telling me more about herself, sparkly bug stickers, and a really nice illustration of a long row of town houses done in ink and watercolour washes.A long awaited envelope from Anika Starmer (aka @aisforanika) made it’s way from Maryland with a sizable stack of tasty treats. Seed packs from the 80’s featuring old world woodcut images, a funky turquoise oval pattern collage, cutsie weather stickers, oragami, a maryland postcard, a white feather hidden inside a kraft envelope, a “sketchbook” filled with small blank water color papers, and a card printed with an anikaesque pattern. Phewph, did you get all of that? No wonder it took her so long to send this thing off to me; she kept adding more and more awesomeness until the envelope was bulging. Mariana Lobao (aka @minawolf) made her first attempt at mail art and was beyond successful! The second I stumbled upon her work, I was said ‘we HAVE to trade.’ I kicked things off with a wolf themed package and her reply came in this delightfully decorated envelope! There’s so much to love it’s hard to decide where to start, but the obvious choice is the Kate and Will flag, which is now proudly handing in my front window (their wedding is on the eve of my birthday, I’ll have you know. I’m sure it’s no coincidence…haha). Inside there was also plenty of postcards, a sweet note, a Jaguar Shoes fold-out posters, a book sampler, an a/p lino-cut print, a rad bear collage and a colorful bears versus wolves drawing. Wow, I’ve got to add a few of these beauties to my studio wall.Allison Sommers (@allison_sommers) was another one of my zine traders and her lovely reply showed up! Her work is so clean, professional and creative, i mean else who has glossy die-cut bicycle riding mouse stickers with their promo website floating down the tails? So sick. Plus I love the MINI ‘mountain made of fur’ drawing she made for me (I shot it next to a penny so you could appreciate it’s adorable minute stature). Wicked trade. Jamie Maddalena (aka @sendmoremail) is a big lover of mail, like myself, so it didn’t take long for us to decided to start exchanging mail art. I started by sending her a copy of mountains made of fur and she replied back with two wonderful vintage stamp packs and a green rice paper letter typed on a typewriter! So cool. These beauties are definitely going to find special spots in my sketchbooks or possibly even on some very lucky upcoming mail art letters. As a sucker for classic Canadiana, those found objects totally fit the bill.Now do you see the reasoning behind the title? I was spoiled at my mailbox wasn’t I?