I LOVE LOVE LOVE mailart! I've recently discovered mailart and I'm completely and thoroughly addicted! I've always loved letter writing, and mail art gives an outlet to my slight obsession with paper! The last several months, I've finally allowed myself to explore my creative side, and it seems a monster has been unleashed! It's fun to create, fun to send and oh so fun to receive!
The artist Jean-Francois Aillet invites you to collect your sample of sand from a moraine, from next to a waterfall or beside a river, along the shore of a lake or a stream, in a desert or on the border of an ocean. One should not, however, send him sand from a construction site. You are asked to document your collection of the material with a photo, taken as you are pouring the sand into a container. For an example, kindly visit his home page at www.aillet.com . English : http://www.aillet.com/traductions/anglais.htm
See you to take part in this international project.
Jean-François Aillet Sculpteur / Designer 10, Allée des Tilleuls 14860 Amfréville Normandie / France
There ARE no stupid questions so don't worry about that at all. :D Mail art, here and in most situations, is whatever you decide to make it. The only 'rule' is that it comes through the postal system. So, postcards are sent a lot, as are decorated envelopes (sometimes with nothing inside), as are envelopes full of art (like ATCs (artist trading cards, which are 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size), artistamps/faux postage, or hand-made cards, or ephemera, visual poetry/vispo, lots of other things). If you google any of these terms, you will find lots about each on the web, including examples and images. But, also, here in IUOMA, you will find a lot of these things discussed. What I'm sending you is artistamps in a decorated envelope. Most often, I send out postcards but right now I am sending out a lot of artistamps. Anything you send me will be totally appropriate! :D
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