To all who post their outgoing mail art, specifically addressed envelopes, i invite u 2 be mindful & consider waiting 2 post ur pics until its received buy the recipient. iv’e seen a few pieces 4…Continue
"hey b! plz tell me the stamps didn't come off in transit & u received the camera collage i sent u. i had 2 glue the stamps on w/a different glue than usual b/c on the 1st try, they were peeling off. that envie was also the 1 i…"
just like frida kahlo, i also make art from my bed.....
i am completely bedridden w/very severe ME/CFS, a chronic, complex, wholly disabling, completely life altering systemic, misunderstood neuroimmune disease. i can't speak, sit up, read, tolerate any sound, visitors or sun light. i run on only wisps of fumes (hence my need 2 use abbreviations). i am 2 weak 2 lift a metal fork without becoming winded. i've not left my bed for over 3 yrs.
i've always been creative but mainly in 3D. now this is the only thing i am able 2 do. besides giving me an incredible sense of purpose, it keeps me sane & its the most fun i have being tethered 2 a bed in a darkened room, completely isolated from the world outside my 4 walls. i create mostly envelope art & some postcards.
my work is varied & ever evolving. i do illustrations. sometimes collage, a little watercolor or just ur name as a focal point & sometimes i use rubber stamps. i enjoy using the postage stamps 4 inspiration. i love abstraction & children’s art.
whatever i create depends on my energy level @ the time. it's a very slow process. despite being completely cut off from the world outside my bedroom, there is no shortage of inspiration. i am a creative machine. the ideas never stop flowing, however i am limited as to what i can physically execute which includes my energy level & the tools i use in order to create. i am unable to sit up or lift the weight of my arms so i do this on a clip board, under the light of a headlamp while laying on my left side, propped up on my elbow. my “studio” is a 10 x 10 inch space on my bed; the same space I eat, sleep & cuddle with my cat on, b/c i'm unable 2 physically write more than just a name & mailing address, u will rarely get a quick note inside. otherwise, i send envelopes that r either empty, filled w/ephemera or a little watercolor.
2 reasons y envelopes appeal 2 me:
the idea of turning something, plain & otherwise ordinary in2 something extraordinary is how i’ve lived my life; it just excites me 2 no end. & lets face it, envelopes r pretty plain & ordinary.
unlike a postcard which may only b seen by the PO on the addressed side, w/out the art, i surmise seeing envelope art adds some variety 2 the otherwise repetitive, plain, boring envelope processing day. hopefully it brings smiles 2 their postal worker faces.
but here is the most liberating & imperceptible part of being able to send mail art to people all over the world: it has allowed a piece of me 2 b seen. 2 b able 2 travel outside the confines of the bed which i am tethered 2; 2 feel the breeze, c all the colors & creatures of mother earth, 2 feel the sun kiss my skin...this is an experience that would otherwise b absolutely impossible in all of my encompassing debility.
i ty 4 taking the time 2 read this
My Mail-Adress (snail and/or E-mail)
**Interested in exchanging envelopes &/or postcards. if it’s not ur thing, then do whatever ur creative soul directs; i will love it just the same. plz, no A/P's
iv’e been given over 30 nicknames thru the years, so 4 my mailing address, i invite u all 2 b creative with my name. here r some more recent ones. take ur pick or come up with w/ur own! lets have some fun!
(or just plain old boring Sam Price)
I received the camera piece, and sent you something back. You should have received it quite a while ago so I guess for some reason it didn't make it. I didn't have it returned, so don't know what's going on.
I'll send something else in the future. Right now I'm painting my house and garage and have a lot to do with that.
The vintage camera idea sounds great. I've studied the history of photography and somehow it eventually fed into my novel, The Zorki Chronicles. Here's what a Zorki looks like, circa 1965. Pretty futuristic for its time. The designers were trying to show off to the "the West" that Soviet consumer goods could look cool too. I think they succeeded. It was mediocre in terms of being a camera, but I like the design.
Good morning, Sam! Thank you for the fun, fish-spewing volcano envelope that landed in my mailbox yesterday. It fared well, no worries there! I sent you some stamped Frida stickers earlier this week - hope they won't be too long in arriving. xS
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