Asemic Tacky Little Pamphlet (TLP) by Jason Motsch (Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, USA)

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Mail art by IUOMA member Jason Motsch (Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, USA)

August 23, 2015 - The Tacky Little Pamphlet (TLP), a mail art staple, is an ideal vehicle for asemic writing projects. Certainly prize examples can be found in the massive body of John M. Bennett’s (Ohio, USA) work, among others. Now Jason Motsch has made another contribution to the genre with this wonderful piece. The opening scan is the cover. The pages are approximately 2 X 3 inches, and he faithfully follows the “official” TLP folding pattern. Here are the inside pages:

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This is a very free form, calligraphy-based asemic writing, somewhat traditional compared to current, exotic methods for generating symbols.

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This asemic TLP by Jason Motsch, as with most asemics that travel through the mail art network, is actually asemic-vispo hybrid work. The colorful triangles provide a useful continuity and anchors for the organic, apparently spontaneous writing.

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And the back cover:

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The TLP provides a brief yet sustained asemic cycle. As language is suggested, so is the structure of a lyric poetry cycle. I find the work interesting and engaging. Here is the envelope:

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And the reverse:

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Many thanks to Jason Motsch for sending more excellent asemic writing and vispo!

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Comment by De Villo Sloan on August 25, 2015 at 9:27pm

Thank you, Chris Wells.

People are doing some great work with TLPs/zines. The network is a perfect place to circulate them.

Comment by chris wells on August 25, 2015 at 6:43pm

Inspiring work by Jason Motsch. Love the video by Shelly Smith as well about tlp making. Mandy Laughtland does something similar with her works, as a small free zine called Teeny Tiny:

Comment by De Villo Sloan on August 23, 2015 at 9:00pm

res, there is a TLP instructional video on Youtube that has been referenced here before:

I think it's called French folding by book arts people.

I think you were present for a previous discussion on TLPs: How Wild Billy Haddock supposedly invented them in the 70s, John Bennett is kind of the master of the genre today, etc.



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