What do you do with ADD&PASS with content that's not conventionally offensive, but is so far outside your own world of interests that you just don't want to participate? Without being rude.

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Comment by Jennifer Wallace on April 5, 2020 at 2:04pm

Given that nothing is cheap to post now (I think wherever we live in the world), I sometimes wondered about some things that I've received. I'm learning now to pass more than one thing on at a time.

Comment by Linda Rogers on April 5, 2020 at 1:12pm

Some Add & Pass items have evolved in such an interesting way or been set up with such intriguing images that I think long and hard about what to add.  Others seem a little slapped together, cut and paste and so I feel no shame in sticking on the first image that jumps out at me from my box o' collage images or a rubber stamp from the first set I spy in the basket.

Comment by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on March 27, 2020 at 3:01am

I will often just send it on to someone that I know likes the form. And I don't think I'm "judging" it, it just isn't something I enjoy doing.

Comment by Jennifer Wallace on March 25, 2020 at 12:22pm

One of the failings of this website is not being able to acknowledge that someone's comment brought a smile to your face or even made you laugh out loud - as De Villo Sloan's just has. Apart from spelling it out this way, I mean.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on March 24, 2020 at 9:52pm

During the height of Trashpo it became briefly fashionable for trashpoets to send me the entire contents of their wastebaskets. Some days I'd have to call these gifts "unwanted." But I weathered through it trying not to complain because (1) I brought it on myself (2) I am convinced my network friends mean well and (3) I believe there needs to be a place for these artistic experiments (as Bradford pointed out).

So on a rainy day in Cleveland I say to myself:

The good news about mail-art: Anyone can do it.

The bad news about mail art: Anyone can do it.

But I believe everyone should be able to do it.

Comment by Carmela Rizzuto on March 24, 2020 at 8:52pm

Jennife-- it is 'collage' postcard--sometimes the auto-speller gets it wrong and I fail to spot the error.

Comment by Carmela Rizzuto on March 24, 2020 at 8:50pm

Jennifer--I like the 'party' and 'conversation' metaphor--that is exactly how I view collaborative art-making which I really enjoy. Recently Carmen Kennedy spontaneously added to a college postcard that I had sent to her. I was delighted to see her response to my original mail art. 

http://iuoma-network.ning.com/photo/from-carmen-kennedy-add-return?...

Comment by Jennifer Wallace on March 24, 2020 at 10:55am

So far, although it takes me time (but I'm a super-slow-art-maker anyway), I've responded to an assortment of ADD&PASSes, all of them nothing like the art I initiate myself. This was a first experience of waking up one day and realising this time it was like a conversation at a party where I'd be discretely withdrawing! Talk about art teaching you about yourself?

Comment by Carmela Rizzuto on March 24, 2020 at 2:27am

Jennifer..Add & Passes are unique. Some inspire me to a spontaneity that I thought was dormant--encouraging me to think outside 'the box'. Some inspire very little and so I'll add a little and sent it on. Some stir up my creative juices so that I complete it in one session and return it. Some are not documented at completion, or get binned so that it can be disappointing not to see what others have added. But I've learned that participating is its own reward and that I can enjoy the process, rather than look for the pot of gold at the end of the trail. It is OK to just send it on to someone who really wants to participate--there iare one or more groups on IUOMA that seek out this type of activity. Or send it to the originator (easiest solution.)     http://iuoma-network.ning.com/group/add-pass-the-x-files

Comment by Jennifer Wallace on March 23, 2020 at 10:16pm

Getting other people's thoughts around this is helpful for me. Despite years as an art student, I'm fairly new to making mail art. As with any sort of art I've ever got into, I've spent time learning some of the history of where this has all come from, am building up my own thoughts on where it is now including where this particular website and the network it facilitates fits into this. Interestingly, the person who introduced me to mail art makes no use not just of this website but of any internet-based networking - seriously old-school? I'm working out what does - and doesn't - interest me in it all. However, regardless of why I'm doing it, I don't want to disrespect anyone else making mail art, whether I'm interested in their work or not - I don't want to be a part of an 'anything goes' culture that sanctions that. I needed to bounce ideas around on this somewhere other than just inside my own head, though.

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