Mary Anne's Blog (30)

new arrivals

Sharing a couple of Yoko things have arrived recently;

First a little collage / painting by Viviana Buttarelli of Brescia in Italy.

Second, a large piece by Mike Dyar of the US of A.  This is so large I have had to make four scans and piece them together.  The envelope was marked 'the completion of this work of art will be done…

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Added by Mary Anne on July 12, 2020 at 1:18pm — 1 Comment

just thought I would give this project a mention as, what with all the nonsense in the world right now, the chance to do something sensible might appeal . . .  http://that-golden-afternoon.blogspot.c…

just thought I would give this project a mention as, what with all the nonsense in the world right now, the chance to do something sensible might appeal . . . 

http://that-golden-afternoon.blogspot.com/…

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Added by Mary Anne on July 7, 2020 at 8:22pm — No Comments

state of the mail

In case this may be of use or interest - I found that the auction site Delcampe has a dedicated Virus page that lists various countries together with a brief description of the state of their snail mail and links to their postal authorities sites.  I followed along to Royal mail and they have a long list of countries updated every day. Russia is listed as closed for business and Germany listed as #problematical' but Spain seems to be open which surprises me given the news from there.  Most…

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Added by Mary Anne on March 31, 2020 at 6:09am — No Comments

New arrivals

I haven't sent out much recently so I haven't expected a lot to arrive but I have here a nice little pile of goodies from Carmen Kennedy. Katerina N. Bonniediva. Charlotte Geister. Mark Sommerfield. and  Reed Altemus.  I will post some scans later.   If I can manage to get things posted I will do.  There is a rumour of something big happening tonight so maybe runs to the post office will be banned.  Wait and see. 

Life seems to be making itself overlarge in my art activities at the…

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Added by Mary Anne on March 23, 2020 at 9:27pm — No Comments

A few new artistamps

Sorting through last month's mailart arrivals;  here are a few new stamps arrived . . .

First, from Cascadia, a sheet of his Ticket project stamps.  He very kindly used my contribution on his envelope so I illustrate it here as unique . . .

second a little something from Denise Woodward they have been beautifully hand stamped and…

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Added by Mary Anne on February 5, 2020 at 11:46am — 3 Comments

A question for the faithful

I have just woken myself up from a bad dream.  I don't know quite what time it is but it's still dark out so I guess 'early' will do.  I suffer from dreams a lot. yhis was a dandy and I have been left wondering just how many people, out there in the Eternal Network, really find mail art sustaining to the spirit and an encouragement?  Or is it all just a distraction, putting off the inevitable??

I was wondering which, if you came across a Genie who could move mountains and make…

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Added by Mary Anne on January 12, 2020 at 9:02am — 4 Comments

incoming sunshine

It is Autumn and England is grey and damp.  That's part of its charm, I suppose, but it can be a little wearing after a while; so when the postie struggles to deliver a great slab of Italian mail art he is the most popular person in my world.  This week he delivered a monster.  i don't think I have ever had such an envelope arrive unannounced on my doorstep and it is going to take a week or two to digest its contents.

This week I received a parcel from Roberto Formigoni.

Here…

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Added by Mary Anne on November 27, 2019 at 9:28am — No Comments

mystery arrival

This oddity arrived a week or so ago.  I nothing of it other than, giving the recent posts about the presence of money in the mail art universe, I thought it might be of some interest.  All the 'artwork' is copies; for example the 'hello Mary' collage has my name written on a label stuck over the original.  The 'dedication' at the top of that sheet is also a label stuck over another name.  None of it inspires me to take advantage of the offer and send money for the book but I give the…

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Added by Mary Anne on November 12, 2019 at 12:20pm — 6 Comments

Blog number 15 - art critisism for beginers . . .

Last night I saw a picture pinned up near someone's desk. 

It was a marvel.  A4. There was a great spray of oil gushing up over a desert landscape.  An ecological comment?  Energy. The violence of a new discovery perhaps and also the excitement.  How had the effect been achieved?  Black ink sprayed over a semi abstract landscape?  Perfect composition.  The hand of an undiscovered master?  I went closer - took a better look . . .

A rather poor colour photocopy of a photograph -…

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Added by Mary Anne on October 24, 2019 at 9:18am — 1 Comment

Blog Fourteen; A word of encouragement.

The good people of the Hannah Hoch's Fan Club Group here on IUOMA have a little project underway and nearing something like a deadline.  It would be nice (for us at least( if a few more people joined the party; perhaps (I am a Brit after all) a few more Europeans to even up the score? 

A list of participants can be found on the group posting if you care to drop by.  Don't be shy.  It may even introduce you to a whole new world . . .

Added by Mary Anne on October 11, 2019 at 9:49am — No Comments

A very British blog . . .

I am fairly certain that most of the people who will read this will be American or at the very least non-British and therefore it will be a completes mystery to them but I am British and the last thing I would do would be to complain.

Can't do it.

No matter how disappointing the restaurant meal, no matter how rude the shop assistant, no matter what nonsense the man on the phone throws at me as an excuse, I can't complain or if I do, I suffer.

A fortnight ago I mentioned,…

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Added by Mary Anne on October 8, 2019 at 1:51pm — 10 Comments

A Further Embarrassment . . .

A new British chum, Jennifer Wallace, sent a fold-out collage and a similar item arrived anonymously from Norway (according to the stamp).  Hopefully fold-outs are going to be the new craze.…

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Added by Mary Anne on October 2, 2019 at 7:53pm — 2 Comments

An Embarrassment of Riches

Here we have a selection of wonders from the large accumulation of new arrivals that now litters my work space.

First, an envelope from Mr Felter brought many stamps, cards and what-knots including a beautifully printed stamp the size of a page that really deserves to be framed rather than buried amongst my artistamp collection. I show the envelope here as it also came with a goodly selection of Leonard Cohen stamps that go to prove, once again, that the established postal authorities…

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Added by Mary Anne on October 2, 2019 at 7:40pm — No Comments

Eleventh Blog: an explanation (of sorts) for all this rubbish . . .

I didn't have much of an education.

Our family led something of a peripatetic lifestyle and I was in and out of this school and that; sometimes with long gaps between.  My first employer insisted we all attended college - day release it was called - and there we had three compulsory subjects: English (taught of course by a Welshman), British Constitution and Social Economics. There was space on the timetable for one other subject and so, with some misgivings, we were all enrolled in…

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Added by Mary Anne on September 26, 2019 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

Blog number ten: the work of idle hands . . .

So I am not a great one for creating on the computer but I've been waiting for collage to dry (again!) and, having nothing much better to do, found myself playing with ideas for the documentation for my 'Stamps for Yoko' project.  I found an image of an old poster (thank you google images) for one of Yoko's exhibitions and, working under a sudden inspiration, I have altered it a little . . .

What to do with it now I wonder.  The best I can think of is posting it here where it may…

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Added by Mary Anne on September 25, 2019 at 7:02am — 8 Comments

of some asemic interest maybe . . .

Last night I found myself watching a Sci-fi film on our (British) TV. 

The film (2016) was named 'Arrival' and the story such as it was concerned the arrival of alien ships and an 'expert's' attempts at understanding their written and spoken language.  It was quite a gentle film and I think maybe anyone on IUOMA interested in asemic writing would find it intriguing . . .

Added by Mary Anne on September 23, 2019 at 11:33pm — 8 Comments

Number nine, number 9 number 9 . . .

The postie has just brought me the first half of the documentation I am doing for my on-going 'Stamps for Yoko' project (yes it has a fancy name now) and it is slowly turning into a thing of small and modest beauty; you could say, rather like the lady herself!

I can hardly wait to finish it off and send it all out but patience is a virtue (I am repeatedly told) and there is still space for a couple more designs to be included.  Any takers?

Added by Mary Anne on September 21, 2019 at 11:12am — 3 Comments

Blog number eight: Strike or not

I really ought to have put some thought into this posting but it is a spur of the moment thing and maybe it will be the better for it.

Hard to miss the Global (whatever that means) strike being called for today to draw attention to the vast problems facing the world's equilibrium. 

I imagine that most people involved in the Eternal Network are to some extent sympathetic to the causes and have an awareness of the difficulties involved in 'climate change'. yet I can't help…

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Added by Mary Anne on September 20, 2019 at 8:51am — 3 Comments

blog the seventh: air mails

I have a great liking for artistamps and keep any that come my way in a set of four albums.  Luckily the standard size spring-back album, although a little old fashioned, is just the right size to accommodate full sheets, as well as pages of individual stamps, cards and envelopes,  so the whole thing gets to look better and better with each passing month.

Amongst the pages is this one full, not of artistamps per say, but of imitation air mail labels.  I wish I could find more as they…

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Added by Mary Anne on September 16, 2019 at 2:10am — 2 Comments

Blog the sixth: A cascade from Cascadia

I have had a sudden windfall - an embarrassment of riches from the  Postmaster General of Cascadia - enough to warrant a whole blog though I will only post a few images, partly because I am sure most of the stamps and cards will have already been noted and partly because I would rather be away from this infernal machine and busy on more mail.

First, I will post the envelopes because I think most stamp designers (or other mail artists too I dare say) have an interest in seeing how…

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Added by Mary Anne on September 14, 2019 at 8:22am — No Comments

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