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Thank you, my friends, for sending me such great images; they will all be eventually published in an eBook.
Today I received not one but two wonderful postcards from Cascadia Artpost, on their back there are the Cascadia stamps made for the Editions Janus project, A Ray of Light.
The images on the stamps are of recollections of happy things and situations which together with the beautiful flower photos have brightened up this dull English spring (?) day. thank you so much!
Dean is away, on retreat perhaps? but as a parting gesture and to liven up Kevin my postman's dull deliveries he has sent this belated Christmas card full of gold and fun, seen here held by Becasine. Thanks Dean, wherever you are and may the Banana be with you.
From Pierce a great little bookie of tiny poems, my favourite is the above,
and also a collage and three beautiful monoprints, below.
From Pierce's Mom, Jinny. a purple bird for Indigo
and a sticker showing a very thin mermaid .
Jinny Pierce sent some very original puppets and has written a few words of poesy as well. I shall try my best to be Beauty and Rhythm and may take them out dancing in beautiful downtown Snailmail-on-Sea, the capital of Retailia, when the weather is better.
A birdie, jet propelled? arrived from Spain, as usual, an example of the great and funny art of Stripygoose.
Fleur Helsingor sent a super Spring time photo with a flower added for good mesure. Just what I needed, here the sun is scarce, the East wind blows from Russia and the flowers are very shy to show themselves.
A 3D banana from Erni Bar. it is quite a shock to see it casually flung on the coffee table. The comsumption of bananas has gone up in our house, seeing the fake makes us hungry for the real thing. You will have a lot to answer, Erni!
And this superb drawing is not for me, boo hoo! It was sent by Frieder Speck to Mailarta but with my address. Frieder has told me that if it found its way here it must be because it was meant to be, so I get to keep it, sorry Mailarta.
A package arrived and in it, after much unwrappping, I found a banana. In very good condition, surprinsingly, but before I had time to taste it Darwin grabbed it and it needs a braver woman than me to prise it from him. It was of course sent by Erni Bar.A great photo of Erni being held at gun point is on the reverse of the envelope. I hope they did not take all of his bananas.
The US postal service has joined the Mail Art community! This is what I got the other day. Notice the tear on the plastic envelope. When I read the message I got worried and opened the wrapping expecting to find a ruined work of art. Not so, Dear Reader, the superb fe-mail art message of Marguerite E. Keen (sadly not a member of IUOMA) was impecable as usual as you can see.
Was the US Mail trying to join in with a little touch of their own?
From Ficus Strangulensis, with whom I exchanged many an artpiece in the prehistory of Mai Art, a collection of superb postcards in a fantastic envelope. Including a selfportrait, saying Boo! So Ficus, so great!
From Lynette Killam, stupendous artwork and subtle haikus, very much to my liking.The top picture will be my daily inspiration from now on. The first Artist's Trading Card is called 'Times ripens all things' and the second ' Solitude'.
From Val an old postcard, for my collection of old postcards of course.
A pink heart came in a transparent envelope from Moan Lisa, entreating me to grow. That I shall do, if not in stature at least in girth,I cannot help it...Joke; I know what you mean, Moan, and shall strive to do it.
Marguerite Keen sent me a transparent envelope, too beautiful to be opened but as they say one destroys the things one love most, I did open it and two small and empty envelopes, two labels and lots of pink and white hearts were set free. A lovely experience.
A fantastic bookie from Suus in Mokum, which bowled me over, amazing and complex work the like of which I cannot do in a million years. It is built around the postcard I sent her for Banana Day. I am so honoured.
Fleur Helsingor has sent me a beautiful photo of a Christmas window, I wish I could enter that shop, it seems magical. And a Fluxus Buck, it's been ages since I have seen one. I shall carry it with me for a while and then sent it on its way, as tradition dictates.
And another one from Dean.Three artworks in a month,and that is just to me, my! this boy has superenergy! Must be all those bananas ... A great dotty picture and a funny bit of writing too. I love his literary efforts, always bring a ray of sunshine.
A composition with those attractive dots that appear alongside sheets of stamps and other printed works. I always thought they have artistic potential and here it has been proven. On the other side of the postcard a hilarious piece of writing, all by Dean Marks.
From Richard Canard, a vintage invitation to an exhibition of the art work sent to him. Richard participated in the original art movement iniciated in the 60's by Ray Johnson, which is known as the New York Correspondence School and from which Mail Art was born. I am so honoured to have this historic piece in my collection.An Artist Trading Card with a superb heart made in wood from Piccadilly Post, that is Margerite E. Keen, with a sheet of stamps to match. I love the feel of the wood on the brown card and the old yellowing book insert.
Dean Marks has made a leap in his artwork from straight collage towards a sophisticated abstract imagery with this very creative use of the lining of envelopes, something that most of us don't even notice. Dean certainly can do anything.