I am sometimes confused about mailart and so I hesitate to send because I
want to do it right. I have heard conflicting opinions about what is actually mailart.
Maybe all of them are true and acceptable??
*Mailart should be on the addressed and stamped side of the work. (that is the only side to be
displayed?)....... so what about postcards?
*Mailart is what is on the OUTside of the envelope... not what is inside, so empty art
envelopes are good........... so what about ATCs? (too small to mail alone)
*ANYthing you send through the mail can be mailart. The object itself being the art.
*Mailart can be in any medium you chose.
Please give me any advice concerning the above statements. I need a better understanding of
what is expected and acceptable.
And if you TRUELY want to be uniQue. . . cut out type from a magazine and create your OWN quote or collage doodle... doesn't even have to make sense, as long as it strikes your fancy when you're creating it.
My own preference is to send POSTCARDs -- so that all the art is out there for everyone who handles it to see.
If I'm sending something specific (such as un-cancelled artiststamps or ATCs for a swap) I'll use an envelope; but then I think of it more as "mailing artwork" instead of as actual "Mail Art".
(This is just my own method, not a standard for anyone else.)
PS: If you'd like to send something, I'm always happy to see what others are doing.
Lois Richter, P.O. Box 7, Davis CA 95617-0007
(AML #255, country = "Napland")