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All the Mail Art I receive is here, whether sent by post or by email. I respond with a piece of my own. Later on I will publish it all in an eBook. Now this blog is closed as it reached the maximum number of characters. See Mail Art Gallery in the Clouds II please.
Valentine Mark Herman's painted beermat and artwork on landing card are both stunning in vibrant colours. No doubt a reminder of the mediterranean sun!
Vaida adiaV, a new friend from Lithuania, send this original mixed media work combining painting and embroidery. The red circles let the light through and the black circles move freely in them.
And this from Dean Marks, a collage featuring scenes of Strasbourg and Christmas markets. A very nice and chearful composition in the inimitable style of Bananaman, but no bananas...
A super collage, notice the delicate figures inside the windows. XX Jones is, like me, in the Austrian group. This group is not very active and it was such a nice surprise to finally 'meet' another groupie.
This amazing mixed media piece by Martha W.Bush came unsigned so it was a big mystery for a while. I love the textures of the underlying painting.
Dame Mailarta sent the documentation of her show Mailmania 4 to which I contributed. It was accompanied by the lovely greeting card shown above. The envelope is made of a page of a book titled 'A Guide to Self Education'. I now know that spes mea in mail artis means my hope is in mail art.
From Mim Golub Scalin a super collage with a clever quote from Dr Seuss, my favourite philosopher. Vive la nonsense!
This fabulous collage came from Tere Troya by email, I am glad to see evidence of the acceptance of digital media, in this case to scan and send a hand made picture.
This is an outstanding example of Rebecca Gruyner art ( she says it is Bad Art, although that is open to discussion) Rebecca caught the feeling of a warm autumn evening in the colours of the sky and the earth and even the trees with their purple undertones have a cheerful glow. The flowers on the address side add to the effect.
Diana Keys send this trashpo piece. I love the sensitivity of the drawing. With the skunk hair, it seems, the whole makes for an extraordinary composition. There were also several great smaller pieces. On top is the see-through envelope in which it all came before I opened it, the excitement! and in the middle is the envelope with all the pieces that were loose .
From Valentine Mark Herman, a cascade emanating from an envelope made with a placemat from his favourite cafe, including a great red flamingo and some postage stamps with Geronimo Stilton, an italian mouse that I know well. I am trying to learn Italian reading his comics.
Roberto Swierkiewicz send me this piece from Budapest. The explanatory text is in Hungarian so until I find a translator I can only guess it is, I think, a detail of a large canvas.
Rebecca Gruyer has made a clever use of the Mail Art postcards she receives. A town of cards which can become an ongoing project or perhaps a way of making documentations. and think of the fun in building it!
And these are the cards I received as celebration of BananaDay, organized by Dean Marks.
A royal banana with a monkey in attendance came from Lisa Iversen.The gold of the crown looks so real that I am surprised it was not stolen in the post! Absolutely fabulous! And I love the banana drawing on the address side too.
A sweet mouse with stuff that got lost en route. It still works for me, Angie and Snooky!
A great little bookie from Louise Kiner,
the genious behind Zombie Kitty Kawaii
From Tomo, I wish I had this on my Shopping Trolley Gallery when attacked by the pyromanic artist. A fantastic hand made print which is going up on my front door, that will spark some reaction from my friends.
This is a beautiful, carefully designed and informative book from Cascadia Artpost. Hard cover too!
Inside the pockets there are playing cards with quotes from Bierce's work. This is inspirational, I must make some artist's books myself.
... sent in this giant envelope with the image of a monstruous orange cat, the arch enemy of Guido's felines. We also have an agresive ginger that fights poor old Julian. I shall put this envelope on the window to chase him away.
Yves tell me that he is being bombarded with alpha particles emanating from Alpha Centauri. The pink figure bottom right hand corner is him, apparently. Was the STG similarly targeted? And if so, who, or what, is the personage in the mask?
Catalan art from Antonio Moreno Garrido. I guess it may mean 'We are here' but is only a guess.
A great hand made print by Trick Sensei, so very tactile.