Thom Courcelle's Blog – August 2011 Archive (11)

Gift Personalized Linocut Stamp from a Co-Worker

I recently showed a new co-worker of mine some of my outgoing mail art before placing it in the mailbox, and she was quite impressed--we might have a new convert! She was so impressed that she decided to make me a present and brought it in the very next day! It was a hand-made linocut print stamp designed specifically for me--what a hoot! The stamp is supposed to be a representation of a meteor-shower of "fabulousness" that includes a meteor-meatball down in the corner, but tumbling down…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 25, 2011 at 6:18am — 1 Comment

From Frieder Speck: Woodblock Print Portrait

Received this terrific print portrait from Frieder... I am assuming that it is a woodblock print, because there were still wood chip flakes clinging onto the print! I LOVE the rawness of that--it makes me feel like the artwork is "hot" off the press... as though I could sniff the piece and be able to smell the cut wood in Frieder's studio!...

The envelope, too,…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 25, 2011 at 5:15am — No Comments

From Robert Rios: Asemics Aerial Map

Roberto's envelopes always seem to have multiple "goodies" included with them. And his envelope's are not the least of his treasures!...

Envelope back: Toros en Sevilla 2011 (gorgeous!)…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 25, 2011 at 4:54am — 1 Comment

Ha, HA, HA, ha, Ha, HA!!! My First Attempt at a Carved Rubber Stamp!

LIAM TRA, anyone????

Everyone who gets mail art from me must hereforthwith hold up to the mirror whatever you get from me.  HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA!!!!

Added by Thom Courcelle on August 19, 2011 at 5:11am — 29 Comments

From Nadine Wendell

Nadine and I are both members of the Fiber Artists & Mail Art Group, and I had sent her one of the knit card series on which I've been working. At first she couldn't find me or my page on this site to discover who it was that had sent the piece. Regardless, she sent some mail art in response, but inventively, her artwork was informed by this perplexity:

I am happy…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 19, 2011 at 4:23am — 1 Comment

Lesley Magwood Fraser TOTALLY GETS ME!

Lesley sent me some mail art that incorporated some native phrases I shared with her from the Algonquian language--the native tribes that my family is affiliated with back east (New England, United States). WOW...I can't tell you how touching this is to me paired up with your AMAZING portrait studies, Lesley!  THANK YOU!!…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 19, 2011 at 3:19am — 3 Comments

The Best All-Around Asemic Songbook in the World

I have kept this amazing piece of art from Nancy Bell Scott to myself for too long now, and it's time to share it with the world...

the front

the back…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 17, 2011 at 6:08am — 9 Comments

Cathérine Petré Spoils Me--Exhibits Multiple Talents in One Envelope

Yesterday My mailbox contained my first blessed gift from Cathérine Petré.  Oh!  You know how, sometimes you receive an article in the mailbox, and you just know it's going to contain something amazing, and you open the envelope with a reverence as though it were a thousand-year-old document archived at the Smithsonian, and you pull things out of the envelope without breathing…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 10, 2011 at 7:10am — 5 Comments

Carl T. Chew Made Me Blow Beer Out my Nose!

***SPOILER ALERT: Don't read if you wish to discover the secret of the "Most Valuable Stamp Mystery" on your own!  

I get home from a workday I'd like to forget, and what's waiting for me in my mailbox?  Hmmm... a non-descript envelope, no return address.  I crack open a bottle of Big Sky Summer Honey Ale -- 'cause it's been that kinda day -- open the envelope, which is full of cut-up pieces of paper... unfold them and the enclosed "anonymous" note, and literally BLOW BEER SUDS OUT MY…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 10, 2011 at 5:09am — 1 Comment

The Angel of Mercy from GuidoVermeulen

I am so glad to have one of Guido's pieces in my own hands.  My poor photo doesn't do justice to his work, but his technique has much more contrast and intricacies than I ever imagined.  The thing about angels is you never know what image or form they will transpire in one's life.  I have a special affinity for those forms of essence that can only be defined in art or in…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 5, 2011 at 7:33pm — 3 Comments

Received Fiber Art from Adamandia!

Adamandia Kapsalis sent me a REALLY great miniature crocheted and needlepoint masterpiece!

Great and amazing things about this piece:  I thought I had been working on a small scale with my postcard-size knit pieces... But Adamandia has taken this…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 5, 2011 at 7:20pm — No Comments



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