Here are a few of the great pieces of mail art I received this month (so far). I'm way behind in acknowledging these kind creative folks -- so, a "blog jam" -- great name for it!
Top left, Banana mail from Intransferivel in Brazil! Top right, Jessica from Norwich, UK send these amazingly sparkly and cheerful flowers/circles. She also drew a really sweet envelope. Bottom Right, Briana Learnihan made this Circles within Circles card which came nekkid unscathed. You can't tell…Continue
Ryusho sent me this extra beautiful envelope -- look at the seal -- he says that is the hanko, or Chinese characters for Ryusho. I think everything about this mail art is lovely.…Continue
Added by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on May 22, 2016 at 5:27am — No Comments
Denise sent me this beautiful little book filles with amazingly cut feathers (in the tiny envelope), a beautiful bird, and other wonders. Plus she sent me some "pre-scored accordion book tunnel bindings" which I am going to have fun figuring out how to use! Thanks Denise!…Continue
I always love these vintage undies PC's from Mars Tokyo -- and I'm so glad I don't have to wear them! On this one there's a wonderful series of photomat snapshots of a young woman acting goofy -- I was wondering if that could possibly be Mars herself!…Continue
Added by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on May 8, 2016 at 2:25am — No Comments
Thomas sent me this schematic of a chess game -- I had to figure out that's what it was by the names on the other side, famous chess masters who are listed in Wikipedia. I am learning more stuff on this site!
You folks who know about postage stamps and first day covers and all that stuff, I think I made a horrible faux pas by opening the cellophane envelope that this really nice PC from Finnbadger came in. It was actually postmarked on the cellophane, even though the postage (Fire Monkey) was inside. I have a feeling this was a boo-boo, philatelically speaking.
Anyway, I kept the cellophane and so maybe all is not lost. And I LOVE the monkey!
Finnbadger also sent a…Continue
So happy Mars Tokyo has returned from oral surgery Hell! Here is a big beautiful PC she sent me, vintage lingerie with great old postage stamps at the four corners. Welcome back Mars!…Continue
Added by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on April 30, 2016 at 1:02am — No Comments
Sheri makes wonderful ATC's -- she sent me two pairs, themed to go together. One set has the theme of time rushing by and how we are sort of stuck with the life we have, sometimes without seeming to have had much choice. Very poignant, especially the lady's face under the watch face on the "Time" card. That's real fabric with the fringe--it lends a very strong textural element and is exactly the right color and it looks old--just great. The other set is really sweet -- the bird one has a…Continue
Added by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on April 30, 2016 at 12:59am — No Comments
Received this wild PC from Amy -- it's got everything: sexy women (at least parts of them), big carnations with huge eyes, paint, paper, spots, and some interesting asemic writing at the bottom. Whew! The amazing thing is that all this made it through the PO, I think undamaged. Thanks Amy!…Continue
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Grace makes the most beautiful rubber stamps I've ever seen -- I totally love the triangular one on the back of the envelope that looks like a mystical symbol and indeed it is -- it says Mail Art! And inside was a lovely handprinted card and inside of that was my piece of a Trio Jam that I started, Mail Art Martha and Grace both added. It's one of my very favorites and makes me smile every time I see it on my bulletin board!…Continue
Added by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on April 30, 2016 at 12:34am — No Comments
My first Mail Art from Tic Tac -- and it's ARTISTAMPS! Of Cows! With Banana Horns! I can't tell you how Moooooch I Loooooove these ladies. I assume any cows as pretty as these are lady cows.
And she sends me a photo of the cows when they're relaxing, not posing for Artistamps with Banana Horns.Continue
Tina is doing the 365 Postcard thing--and if I were doing that it would be pretty slapdash, but look at this! A beautiful altered postcard with, on the other side, fabulous hand made art with a tiny envelope attached. The envelope was so pretty I didn't want to open it but she said I should, so I very carefully peeled back the stuck flap and inside was a tiny copy of a Thomas Lux poem which PERFECTLY fits the front of the postcard. Amazing! Thank you so much Tina. This will be a favorite of…Continue
Added by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on April 29, 2016 at 9:45pm — No Comments
Here, belatedly, are some pics of the truly In Seine Banana Mail Dean sent me. These were tastefully packaged in battered celophane and staples. I'm afraid opening the mail pretty much destroyed the "envelope" but fortunately the contents were protected! Now I don't have to worry about my next Halloween costume, that is if I can just figure out a way to make this thing smell a little less awful! Dean, this thing is hilarious -- reminds me of the kind of junk they used to sell on the backs of…Continue
The circus is back in town with this wonderful bit of whimsey from Kathy Barnett. The Man is big, about a foot tall, and his legs and arms move! He's going to live on the fridge for a while, next to the two-headed skeleton she sent earlier. The tent envelope is quite nice, too!…Continue
Added by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on April 24, 2016 at 1:20am — No Comments
MomKat's banana mail arrived right on time (early, actually, but I waited). My favorite part is the Banana Phone stamp! Now THAT'S absurd. (although my father gave me a telephone in the shape of a duck once). If I still had it I'd send it to one of you!…Continue
I finally found out what these Minions are all about (thank god for Wikipedia) and now I'm going to watch the movie! Finnbadger sent me a paper towel with Stuart, Kevin, and half of Bob. I LOVE it! Even though it's a "Bounty" paper towel, it's never going to be a "quick picker-upper" in my house!Continue
I think this is my first piece by Helle, and I hope it won't be my last! I really love it. I hate to keep harping on "layers" but I guess that technique must be a favorite of mine because this just blows me away. So much to look at in this small piece. So colorful! There are representational "things" to rest your eye on, such as the bird, and then all the lovely chaos! Thanks Helle. Also I like the sort of 'poofiness' of the object. I don't know if the canvas came that way or if Helle…Continue
Added by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on April 24, 2016 at 1:05am — No Comments
I just love the layered abstractions in this PC. It makes you peer into it as if you could see what was beneath the alterations, and then draw your focus back to what Terry's done because it's so cool! Thanks Terry, fellow Oregonian!
Added by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on April 24, 2016 at 12:59am — No Comments