There was an Artistamp Exhibition and Symposium in Seattle several weekends ago, and boy was it stupendous!
Some other IUOMA-ians have posted some great documentation of this event already... Jennie Hinchcliff--who came all the way up from the Bay area--posted some great photos here.
Again, I have to congratulate Carl Chew for conceiving of the event, and everyone who helped whip the weekend together, and everyone who traveled such great distances to exhibit, participate, exchange, and revel in all that artistamp history and artwork. And there was a LOT of historical information available. Anna Bannana gave a presentation on past exhibits around the world including publications that were printed, and some great stories were told. Unfortunately I had a previous commitment on Sunday that weekend, and so couldn't attend the grand opening of the Tui-Tui Museum of Artistamps in Seattle. BUT (!!)... the video of the opening that Ruud posted is terrific.
I got to meet some of the mail artists that I'd been corresponding with for a long time--what a treat to finally get to see someone with whom you've been exchanging mail for so long! And got to meet new friends along the way. I got so wrapped-up in talking to friends and meeting new friends that I COMPLETELY neglected to take any pictures with the camera that I brought! While that's pretty sad, there were others who had the sense to snap some photos, which have been fun to see.
One of the mail artists I've been exchanging with for quite a while is Sally Wurlitzer--she came up with Jennie Hinchcliff, and it was a pleasure to finally meet her face to face. We exchanged little gifts, and here are some of the artistamp sheets she blessed me with...
Here's the little note from Sally letting me know she'd be going to the AARPEX Exhibit--it included a mail art postcard that had been returned to her as "Unknown--Undeliverable" despite having the perfectly correct address on it (including the additional 4-digit zip addendum)!!
Another, local Seattle-ite artistamper in attendance (and a nearby neighbor!) was Kathleen McHugh, who double -blessed me--once at the exhibition with a recent BEAUTIFUL wood block print using a Japanese style called hanga:
Then I got this amazing artistamp sheet in the mail...
A closer detail:
That's an antique hand-written copy of John Keat's poem Ode to a Grecian Urn. Wowza. All these artists at the exhibition put my amateur attempts at artistamps to shame! Kathleen was one of the sensible people at the event with enough where-with-all to take some pictures during the event. Here's one of Kathleen and Dame Mailarta who came all the way from Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada... Dame Mailarta actually MADE that big felted model of Aarpy--the official mascot of the exhibition (whom you can see a drawn rendition of in the photo at the top of this post).
That's right... Dame Mailarta is also a FIBER ARTIST (among SOoooo many other artistic talents). So she and I are going to have a ball sending whacky fabric art through the post! Hey!! that's a DK Oracle™ bag that Dame Mailarta is holding!