Only Originals

A group dedicated to those who are willing to make and share only original mail art. So, in this case, no copies!

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Intellectual property?

Started by Melanie Reed. Last reply by Melanie Reed Nov 9. 5 Replies

What do you guys think about having someone substantially change an original mail art piece they received that was signed, dated, titled, and not labeled as add and pass, and then send it back to the…Continue

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Comment by Carien van Hest on Monday

Nice drawings from Luís Filipe Gomes! Obrigada, Luís.

Comment by awyn on Saturday

I received a beautiful hand-painted "Neurographic" card from Coco Muchmore, in a coffee-themed envelope made from a donut bag, along with its namesake's historical origins.  Thanks also, Coco, for the delightful ephemera, including the mini handmade envelope with a list of "lucky numbers", one of which, coincidentally, is actually my perceived lucky number!  How did you know!?  :)

Comment by Coco Muchmore on November 10, 2021 at 1:21am

Received from Susan Gnaedinger--a joyful fairy to keep me company in my studio! Thank you so much, Susan!

Comment by Melanie Reed on November 7, 2021 at 6:48pm

I sometimes incorporate things that look like "bits and pieces" too, but I wouldn't remove part of an original piece to use in a new piece. Sometimes there are gray areas. I like the idea of signing pieces to indicate that they are finished and shouldn't be further changed.

Comment by Susan Weisberg on November 7, 2021 at 6:41pm

 I frequently incorporate the "bits and pieces" that people include with their mail art work; I assume that's why they're there. I don't rework a complete piece unless I've been invited to do that, but I may occasionally have been guilty of taking bits off a piece and using them in the new piece I send back to the original artist. I never send these things on to other people. I like the idea of mail art as being a dialog, and I've always been done this with good will, but maybe I've crossed a line I shouldn't have.

Comment by Carien van Hest on November 7, 2021 at 4:46pm

Good discussion point, Melanie. As long as it is not expressly stated, I do not use other people's mail art as a basis for my own work. 

Comment by Susan Gnaedinger on November 5, 2021 at 1:46am

Comment by Susan Gnaedinger on November 5, 2021 at 1:45am

Received fabric collage and wonderful envelope from coco.

Comment by Susan Gnaedinger on November 4, 2021 at 1:12am

Comment by Susan Gnaedinger on November 4, 2021 at 1:12am

Received two awesome linoleum prints from Sabrina


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