Thom Courcelle's Blog – November 2011 Archive (7)

Seasonally Appropriate -- Giving Thanks

Several mail art pieces have been incoming that are themed towards the Northern Hemisphere's Autumnal Equinox.  This year's fall season seems to be hurtling itself through the calendar days quicker than I have time to appreciate it.  So I am glad to receive mail from friends who have taken the time to contemplate and appreciate the season, and remind me that the Eleusinian Mysteries march onward through their ritual timeline regardless of whether I have time to observe them or not.  Here in…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on November 27, 2011 at 11:19pm — 3 Comments

On the Airy Flight of Words

Friends from South Africa have been thinking of me recently. A second mailing of South African provenance arrived of GOTIJ-standard caliber.  Strikingly, the format was similar to that of another South African compatriot's piece recently received--it was an accordion piece, and it also depicted an animal, though of the more aerie variety.  One really had to discover the avian fellow, however, as he splashed around in a bath of liquid alphabet characters.…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on November 27, 2011 at 9:51am — 7 Comments

A Horse is a Horse of Course of Course

Galloping into my mailbox and rocking my world... or is that rocking into my mailbox and making my heart gallop?... was a stunning, double-sided, tri-fold accordion piece from Lesley Magwood Fraser.  One side depicting a block print of some creative invention--a black beauty on rocking arcs, and embellished by some intricately cut-out cartoons of a [less than] graceful, but comic, dismount.…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on November 27, 2011 at 8:39am — 5 Comments

Fiber Artist Receipts

This time of year, it is we craftspersons--knitters and quilters and other artisans--who start to get a little shock of realization that we better get crackin' if we want to finish projects before the high winter holidays.  There are sweaters or hats or mittens or socks to knit, or wall hangings or new baby blankets to finish piecing and batting together.  It's a crazy time of furious fingers and stitches flying off needles.  Even more maddening, I have multiple family members with birthdays…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on November 21, 2011 at 6:35pm — 2 Comments

Short Days, Much Mail Art

Well, first off, I am one lucky turkey-butt for all the wonderful postal friends I have and for the mail art I receive regularly.  I could sit here and make plaintive excuses for why it is that at this time of year I seem less and less able to come visit my favorite web community, but nobody really wants to hear sob stories about ugly work schedules and keeping one's circadian rhythms as normal as possible during these dark, dark, colder calendar days. Ugh... one gets up when it is dark.…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on November 20, 2011 at 9:58pm — 2 Comments

Svenja Wahl and Brilliant Conceptual Mail Art

I sometimes get in the habit of blogging multiple pieces of mail art due to time constraints and volume, even though many of the works of art deserve their own independent posting. One of those amazing pieces, that I didn't want folks to miss, was a recent gift from Svenja Wahl that REALLY MADE MY DAY!!

 If you are looking at the photo of Svenja's envelope art…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on November 1, 2011 at 10:23pm — 10 Comments

Hallowe'en Loot! Documented on All Soul's Day...

If mail art came in a candy sack, I would be dragging my haul along the ground back to my lair so I could roll around in all my sweets!  As it is, I got some really SWEET mail art in celebration of All Hallow's Eve--the day that marks the thinnest veil between this world and the other where our forebears ethereally mingle. Just look at this stash:

This is truly some…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on November 1, 2011 at 8:29pm — 7 Comments

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