Dorothy, I was over at Patricio's page and noticed you asked about what kind of art work to send as mail art - it's totally free in terms of style, technique, medium, etcetera, as long as it can be sent legally through the postal system. I myself draw and paint, make photographic art, digital painting and drawing as well as old school tools, but my main work is either drawing or making prints from my softblock carvings. I turn these into postcards, artistamps (some people call it faux postage but I focus more on the art aspect I'd say), collage pieces (add and pass projects), etcetera. A lot of mail artists do paper (magazine photos and ephemera) or rubber stamp collage because it's part of the way mail art developed between the 70's and 80's. Some mail artists aren't trained artists, some are. Those who are just mix in with everyone else. :D To see some of what I mean, come have a look at a couple of online shows I can point you to. One is my Euphemisms for Marriage mail art show (held in conjunction with my wedding reception - made sense because I'd been doing mail art for decades by then) and the other is called My Everyday Object, a really wonderful show hosted recently by Polifemo in Milan. I suggest these two shows because they show the breadth of art which can come together in a mail art context. Enjoy! :D
Welcome to the Union, Dorothy Ann. Enjoy the exchange of mail art with artist all around the world. It's such fun. If you'd like to exchange with me, my address is on my IUOMA page, and I'll send something back to you, if you send me YOUR address.
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