Recently I've seen several "altered" pieces -- in particular one piece that I received also and when mine arrived it did not say "add and return" or anything like that. Is it always OK to add to or alter other's MA pieces? Should you ask the creator of the piece first? Also, some pieces just feel like fully realized pieces of art as is.
My sentiments exactly, Heleen.
When I send something out I totally feel it is a gift to that person to do with whatever suits them. We all know there are pieces we receive that we love and treasure and some, well, meh.....why not recycle?? It's true I don't think I've sent anything back to the original creator or even been moved to post it prominently , which maybe feels like there's still something a bit unresolved here about it.....but I especially would never want to feel that I made someone guilty about hanging on to something I've sent that maybe wants to be tossed in the garbage or recycled in some creative (or un-) way. I just received a postcard that says it's a 2002 (I think) recycled piece of mail. I don't know which part of it is original, if any, but I like this idea.