It is Autumn and England is grey and damp. That's part of its charm, I suppose, but it can be a little wearing after a while; so when the postie struggles to deliver a great slab of Italian mail art he is the most popular person in my world. This week he delivered a monster. i don't think I have ever had such an envelope arrive unannounced on my doorstep and it is going to take a week or two to digest its contents.
This week I received a parcel from Roberto Formigoni.
Here are a few scans of the many contents but 'tis only a hint of what I have received because everything is double sided; everything seems to fold out, and everything is annotated!
First, the envelope; which is too big for my scanner. It is so covered with stamps and photos and writing that the post office seem to have given up the search and not bothered to cancel the stamps:
Inside there was an 'old skool' photocopied sheet of mail art news and projects:
Then there were a number of posters that advertised past exhibitions and projects that Roberto and his chums have been involved with over recent years. They all fold out and, put together, they would more than cover all the wall space in my studio!:
and lastly, a perfect-bound book of Roberto's photos. Well beyond the call od duty.
So much to look through and understand! How on earth am I going to respond to it all? Just from the point of view of cost alone, this represents a significant gift and I doubt if Roberto, or anyone else, could afford to send such a mailing very often and certainly not to a stranger.
I don't know if Roberto is an IUOMA member but, just in case, thanks anyway. Something will be on its way to Italy as soon as I can think of something worthy . . .