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Poets Among Us: Tit-for-Tat Poetry Received

You never truly know someone until you see their heart bared... Or they send you some first rate self-composed poetry along with their mail art...

Earlier this year I sent out some of my own trite verse that noted how quickly the seasons and months flew by. The most that might be said about my meager composition was that it cleverly rhymed...

But some of my creative mail art correspondents took it as an opportunity, or challenge, to send some of their own…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 26, 2019 at 1:45am — 1 Comment

New Mail Art Project: Add-a-Head Add-n-Pass

Add-a-Head Add-n-Pass (Feel free to download these images and make standard copy-sheet size—8.5 x 11 inches)


Add a head…or two…or five…and pass this along to another…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 23, 2019 at 5:55pm — No Comments

David Stafford Drowns me in Vintage Ephemera

David recently sent me a hefty Manila envelope and when I opened it, this happened...

Ephemera! Glorious! Ephemera!!! A LOT of it!!

David has either been collecting magazines since he was a toddler (or since his parents were toddlers), or he happened upon a yard sale with a mother load of Good Housekeeping magazines from the WWII…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 22, 2019 at 1:30am — 5 Comments

SMTMA: MaoMao’s Postal Art Crosses the Big Sea

Sometimes I get something in the mail that I just think, “...Whoa. What did I do to deserve something like that showing up in my mailbox?”  It’s “Something More Than Mail Art.”  Exhibit A:

Holy Seamonsters, Batman!

...That’s an…


Added by Thom Courcelle on April 5, 2019 at 5:44pm — 5 Comments

SMTMA: Carina Granlund's Animal Anarchy

Hedgehogs and sea lions and cat burglar kitties, OH MY!!!

Carina keeps in touch with late-winter greetings...and animals that the groundhog would only see if he hadn't seen his shadow on Feb. 2nd. But indeed he did, meaning six more weeks of winter weather. In fact...there's a snow storm expected to roll in here tomorrow dumping another 6 inches…


Added by Thom Courcelle on March 30, 2017 at 5:57pm — 1 Comment

SMTMA: Falling in Love with Fiorentina

As soon as Fiorentina Giannotta came onto the scene of IUOMA, I knew I needed to make supplication for her mail art. I LOVE her much color, so much detail, so much whimsy, so many layers of texture... look how she fills the space of her canvas in the piece to the right. And the historical vestments and hair wigs, etcetera, all add to a sense of…


Added by Thom Courcelle on March 30, 2017 at 5:38pm — 2 Comments

SMTMA: Debra Mulnick's Bicycling Kangaroo

This blog is continuing a series of posts describing received correspondence that is "Something More Than Mail Art"—(SMTMA)—mail art that exceeds the standards of anticipation. (For a fuller description, see my previous blog post: …


Added by Thom Courcelle on March 26, 2017 at 8:27pm — 1 Comment

Something More Than Mail Art (SMTMA): Minneapolis Gnome

Sometimes we get something in the mail that exceeds expectations and excels beyond requirements of the medium of mail art. So this is a new "category" or "genus" or "subspecies" of blog post that I am creating for my documenting reviews: "Something…


Added by Thom Courcelle on March 26, 2017 at 7:32pm — 3 Comments

Mail Art in the Era of the Trump Regime...No Wavering from the Rebellion

Perhaps these artistamps by Jack of Cascadia Artpost say it best... We are indeed in a stormy season. But a stormy political front always means there will be some inspired art from the politically oppressed. And if you're an artist who DOESN'T feel politically're not paying attention. With the National Endowment for the Arts and the National…


Added by Thom Courcelle on March 21, 2017 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

FLUXUS Seasonal Mail Art...Because My Seasons Are in Flux...

Solstice and News Years wishes received from friends near and far... clockwise from upper right:

"New Years Rooster 2017" by Angie Cope (USA)

"New Years Wishes" arrived in an amazing FABRIC ENVELOPE from Ouis (France)...bonus for the safety pin making it through the mail and a great safety pin artistamp.

"Have an…


Added by Thom Courcelle on March 21, 2017 at 8:12pm — 1 Comment

Envelopes Recently Received ("Recently" is Still a Relative Term...)

New Friend, Sa Mue sends this nifty print-and-collage with a wonderful note about her former travels to my hometown in Vermont...

Melissa Wand sent this thrilling envelope with treasures inside: a collage with a…


Added by Thom Courcelle on March 21, 2017 at 7:46pm — No Comments

Postcards Recently Received ("Recently" is a Relative Term...)

Clockwise from Upper Right:

"Resist the Norm; Rebuke the Expected; Refute Conformity" by Amalgamated Confusion (USA)

"King Kong Audition" by David Stafford (USA)

"Remembrance of Harley" montage of the mail artist and his work by Cascadia Artpost (USA)

"Assembly in Orbit" by William Mellott…


Added by Thom Courcelle on March 21, 2017 at 7:34pm — No Comments

Mail Art in the Era of the Trump Regime

I've been remiss in posting received mail art of late... Guess I've been preoccupied with recent events. I've also been busy furiously knitting (literally and figuratively) pink hats for the rebellion. It's taken up a lot of free time, but the time is ripe for activism. So, dear friends, please forgive my tardiness...…


Added by Thom Courcelle on January 30, 2017 at 1:19am — 2 Comments

Two Beauties from Ruud Janssen

These came separately in the mail more than a week apart. How lucky am I to get double-whammied??! The first one (top) is a painted envelope that Ruud has apparently been saving in his mail launcher for several years. "Sometimes it takes time for a piece to start traveling," Ruud notes. I have a large stash of envelope and postcard pieces I have…


Added by Thom Courcelle on December 1, 2016 at 4:51pm — 1 Comment

Nancy Bell Scott is Keeper of the COB-tastic-ness

Some short time ago, Nancy Bell Scott posted her own picture of this lovely work she completed, and titled it "Finish Line." And I am the lucky recipient. But on the back of the piece she has written a new title: "The Road Between."

I'm not sure, but I think I like the latter title. "The Finish Line" seems Like we pushed…


Added by Thom Courcelle on November 20, 2016 at 10:03pm — 6 Comments

A Halloween Treat from Mary Cartledge-Hayes

I couldn't have asked for a nicer surprise if I had gone trick-or-treating door-to-door!  So wonderful to hear from Mary, who has been a regular Halloween mail-art friend. This year, she sent a hand-stitched quilted piece on cardboard with plenty of Halloween themed characters—cats and bats and skeletons and ghosts... The soft, cozy fabric makes them all seem…


Added by Thom Courcelle on November 20, 2016 at 9:11pm — No Comments

What Does One Serve at the Last Potluck Before the Rapture?

Just ask David Stafford!!!

Yes...but what KIND of casserole, God's chosen want to know... I mean, it's the Last Supper, after all. The reverse of the postcard goes into even greater detail...

If I didn't know better, and if the postcard weren't so stiff, I might've guessed that this piece was an old used paper napkin on which…


Added by Thom Courcelle on November 20, 2016 at 8:55pm — No Comments

A Book of the Ages from Dean

I got quite a mail art surprise from Dean (that Artist in Seine). Completely unexpected and a thrill to gawk at and peruse through. As "boekie" mail art goes, this one's a star—a collection of all sorts of classic and antique images, papers, ephemera, textiles and even holograms (!) that make for une grande tournée d'art collage.

Wish that you…


Added by Thom Courcelle on November 20, 2016 at 8:38pm — 2 Comments

Amazing Grace...These Mail Art Pieces were Once Lost, But Now They're Found

The thing about Mail Art is... that they often work REALLY well as bookmarks. Especially really magnificent and beautiful pieces of Mail Art that I wanna keep near me so that I remember to blog about them.

But the OTHER thing about using Mail Art as that if you read as much as I do and have a gazillion books around that you're…


Added by Thom Courcelle on November 20, 2016 at 7:33pm — 4 Comments

History Repeats Itself...Is There Anything Funnier Than a Duck on a Bicycle?

Boy, did I get  wonderful mailing from Melissa Wand.  I had sent her a Souvenir of the 2016 U.S. Election, and she sent me back this envelope with a couple of cute politically-themed postcards,a nice note, and several political cartoon clippings.

But I have to admit that the best part of Melissa's mailing was the envelope...because it IMMEDIATELY…


Added by Thom Courcelle on November 20, 2016 at 6:26pm — 1 Comment



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