Returning to Mail Art After a Long Hiatus?

I haven't sent anything out in ages and my address list is a total disaster.

Not to mention I'm having a manic episode so things are running at 1k mph inside my skull...

I want to send out a small mass mailing to people

(I usually send out very large batches)

How would you approach organizing such a mailing?

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Comment by Azzaro on May 12, 2017 at 1:45am

..............always happy to receive something - thanks. Azzaro, POBox 27, Whangaparaoa, Auckland 0943, New Zealand

Comment by Moan Lisa on May 12, 2017 at 12:47am

PJ Matilda: I made out an envelope, I just started making them so there was plenty of room on my list. I don't think I've posted it on Facebook so it probably won't grow quite as fast as something like this normally would. I just bought a notebook myself, this one not for art but for my novel writing ideas. I've been writing them currently on 8.5x11" Letter computer paper, and it's not really the ideal. Getting a separate book for mail art may be the thing. :)

Comment by Moan Lisa on May 12, 2017 at 12:09am

Gu, yes I gave it up, I have done and announced to do so many things this year, as it turns out it is likely mostly due to my lithium levels being way off. I'm still not in a place where I should probably commit to anything, which is why I thought I might start with a small batch of mail art just to get something out there. I also have a habit as is pretty normal with mania of overspending money, so I'm hoping to curb that by sending in a small batch.

Gin, I will absolutely put you on my list.. addressing an envelope now.

XX Jones: computer file is how I usually keep things but mine is not up to date at all. I'm starting a batch of mail by addressing envelopes as I find people to send to; I think I'll stop at 30 envelopes.

Comment by xx Jones on May 11, 2017 at 11:12pm

Hi Lisa, I know the feeling. I try to go through my bunch of mail that I have received, and pray that I have not forgotten anybody. That means hunting for mail in various places, because often I often prop it on a shelf, stuff received mail in a handbag, a book, a sketchbook, and find it months later buried under bills. I also try to keep a logbook, but that is mostly not up to date. I hate writing out addresses by hand, so I very rarely do that. I try to keep them all in a file on my computer and print out labels or entire envelopes for a mailing. I am also currently getting for a mailing. Preparing the envelopes takes me a long time, often more time than making the content. 

Comment by on May 11, 2017 at 9:59pm

Welcome back Moan, I thought you'd given mail art the boot to concentrate on your painting and poetry.

To some I may seem a little chaotic and disorganised but I'm actually very methodical and calculated. I couldn't possibly offer advice though because what works for me could be a total disaster and time waste for someone else.

I will share one of my favourite blogs that may help http://jamesclear.com/articles

Comment by Moan Lisa on May 11, 2017 at 2:20pm

Message me your address PATRICIA. :)

Comment by PATRICIA LANDON on May 11, 2017 at 1:45pm

I'd like to know as well.

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