David Stafford's Blog (192)

Angelica, xx Jones, plus a Cast o' Thousands

Angelica sent me this clever collage along with some great letterpress ephemera. (at least I think it was from Angelica.) Thank you, Angelica.

And after a long hiatus:…

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Added by David Stafford on September 21, 2016 at 12:09am — 8 Comments

Some Assembly Required: Katerina, Elsa, and Le Sticker Dude

Katerina sent me this overstuffed envelope from Greece, containing two boekies, one chockful of images for a collage yet to be born. (I'll see what I can do). Thank you, Katerina.

How it all unfolded in not quite real…

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Added by David Stafford on September 20, 2016 at 11:16pm — 4 Comments

Rebecca Guy Ver, Brooke Cooks, Meeah Williams, Angie Cope, David Alan Goldberg, Beavers, Alicia Starr Ryan, Stripygoose and Mason Keys

One of Rebecca Guy Ver's amazing pastoral quilted drawings, possible comment on Brexit. The backside is a Paul Klee-like dance of zippered leatherette. Thank you, Rebecca.

A postcard of textured banners with a somber undertone from…

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Added by David Stafford on August 30, 2016 at 2:16am — 3 Comments

Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus sent me this cool "HEADLINES SCREAMED" collage, all pasted on a repurposed pizza box which is soooo Diane. She's now 93 and spry as an elderly chicken. For the past several years she's been working at the Hill Country Barbecue in Manhattan where she runs the register and has a quip for every patron. (Mine was emailed to me).  Worthy of note: Diane…

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Added by David Stafford on August 20, 2016 at 6:56am — 3 Comments

Linda and Carina and Jay

So many people have sent me so many things that, in order to catch up, we'll have to work right through the Republican Convention. I hope that's okay with most of you. Sometimes you have make sacrifices. So Linda has sent me many many things since I departed for California and now upon my return. We'll start with these very cool collages and ATCS that give you a…

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Added by David Stafford on July 20, 2016 at 2:31am — 3 Comments

Dkult Boekie

At last the story can be told. I received this complicated boekie that purports to be part of my backpages, the missing Rodeo Years. The boekie itself is a wonderment of found materials including an old kerchief of mine. (see blue thingie above)…

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Added by David Stafford on July 19, 2016 at 4:58am — 2 Comments

Mason Keys: His First Foray into Mail Art

One of the primary directives of the mail art clan is to be helpful to struggling young mail artists. I think you can see that Mason falls under the category of at least one of those things if not three. Certainly he has struggled initially to learn the basics: how to address an envelope, for example. I don't know about you but I think he has achieved mastery in…

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Added by David Stafford on May 30, 2016 at 9:15pm — 8 Comments

Bumblebee, Stripy Goose, Bertha G., Susan M., Carina G., Svenja Wahl, Tic Tac

Bumblebee C. Sent me this Pop Up card of the Singing Nun which when opened properly reveals a Brother Superior wielding a dangerous putty knife. (S)he's also exhibiting some transgressive behaviors which makes me wonder if Bumblebee knows Dame Mailarta also from Victoria. Also included in her envelope:…

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Added by David Stafford on March 3, 2016 at 6:14pm — 2 Comments

Meeah, Jude, Nadine, Keith, Rebecca, Brooke, RCBz, Lynn, Dean, Stan, Thom and Angelica

Meeah Williams continues to amaze. Up top is her envelope. Ghostly landscape and Eyeball Guy. And then inside was:

this cool book...as well as……

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Added by David Stafford on February 28, 2016 at 2:01am — 6 Comments

Stan, unKnown, Alicia, Svenja, Bertha (Bee), Patricia, Nancy, Borderline Grafix and Marie Wintzer....a large assortment

Stan sent me this collage which put me in mind of exotic passport stamps, sour La Rana notwithstanding. He also sent me some great postcards (He has excellent taste in ephemera). This one has a charming message.…

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Added by David Stafford on January 31, 2016 at 9:00pm — 11 Comments

Meeah, Borderline Grafix, Stripygoose, Marie, Kim and your host, Glorious Me

Another one of Meeah amazing envelopes arrived last week. I love these desert prophets with hair courtesy of the postal cancellation. (Nice cloakage too. I'm tellin' ya Meeah, ya gotta start doing some fabric design with your creatures.)  Meeah's envelopes are among the finest in the land but this one was filled with stuff too. As in...…

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Added by David Stafford on January 17, 2016 at 12:30am — 15 Comments

Jim Leftwich

I received this original Jim Leftwich but the provenance is a little shaky. I think I got this by way of Diane Keys. Is that right, Diane? Anyway, I'm having some art appraisers flown in from Virginia to see if it's real. These guys know Leftwich from …, well, I think you know where I'm going with that…(performs low bow, misses tomato and exits leftwich.) Thank…

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Added by David Stafford on January 3, 2016 at 10:57pm — 8 Comments

Jay, Angie, Katerina, Carina and Dan Mouer's Barfa Toxic Mystery Piece

Jay sent me this collaged landscape which depicts a wizard who has inadvertently let loose upon the world some sort of infernal knowledge. His cloak of many colors is not protection enough against the forces he's unleashed. That's my story anyway. Thank you, Jay.…

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Added by David Stafford on January 3, 2016 at 7:42pm — 11 Comments

Kim Jung Youn, Richard Canard, Maria Morisot (Moriarty!), and RCBz

My Seoul Mate Kim sent me this quiet wish for peace. (The numbers are the digits to her Swiss Bank Account). Thank you, Kim

The Aphorist from Carbondale (possible folk hit) has struck again with four 4 (count'em) One, Two,…

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Added by David Stafford on December 16, 2015 at 2:10am — 6 Comments

RCBz, Brooke, Carina, Stripy G, Claire, please report at once to the Starwars Lounge.

Yes, loofahs can kill if they are properly loaded. That sound advice came to mind when I opened RCBz's joint homage to Malevich and Mike Kelley. (I just threw in…

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Added by David Stafford on November 26, 2015 at 3:12am — 2 Comments

Dean, Nancy, RcBz, Jude, Angie, Svenja and Katerina Please pull your chairs forward.

First of all, I am glad that you're not dead, Dean. There were other ways of putting that but that seemed the quickest and truest. The news from Paris has not been good and the repercussions, at the moment, seem to be expediting our path to…

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Added by David Stafford on November 19, 2015 at 12:31am — 3 Comments

Gü and Richard

Gü is working on her branding again. I think this could be sort of like a change of address card for her new name: Gü (formerly G___ U______) but still in Norwich thank god. In which case: Duly noted Gü though I may occasionally leave the ümlaut behind to save valuable time. In the cellophane bag a lower case "u," inscribed on side: "What wood u do without G?"…

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Added by David Stafford on November 6, 2015 at 2:18am — 5 Comments

Sunday Fun with Dave

Added by David Stafford on November 2, 2015 at 1:04am — 2 Comments

Uncle Ray Ray at the Rest Stop

H/T to Jon Foster

Added by David Stafford on October 31, 2015 at 1:27am — 8 Comments

Jon Foster, Nadine Wendell-Mojica, Katerina Nikoltsou and Alicia Starr Ryan

Jon Foster's portrait of Uncle Ray Ray is a wonder to behold and stark departure from Jon's tape transfers. Thank you, Jon. I'm honored that you sent this to me.

A combo platter just because they looked good on my scanner…

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Added by David Stafford on October 17, 2015 at 10:54pm — No Comments

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