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Comment by Jennifer Wallace on October 19, 2019 at 8:26am

Let me add one - as someone new to this! Don't be afraid of adding too much? I got a bit carried away with two sent to me recently ... single A4 sheets with more blank space than anything else, got turned into pamphlet / zine-type things. Had a mini-panic. But I've just come to the end of years of art courses and the combination of the new freedom from project briefs and the suchlike and stumbling into mail art is leading into a new relationship with local post offices. Posting as performance art?

Comment by Mary Anne on October 3, 2019 at 4:37pm

Joseph Cornell is a great hero of mine and he had many strategies for introducing randomness into his life.  One of the stories told is by one of his waitress friends.  They were casual friends to the point that he knew where she lived.  One day he turned up, unannounced and asked for a favour; would she look after a small package for him?  She agreed and he handed her a sealed paper bag.  Then he wanted to see where she would keep it.  She showed him her wardrobe - a nice safe corner - and he was content.

A few weeks later he turned up again with another parcel exactly the same which she stored away with the other.  This went on for some months until sh had quite a pile.  \then he arrived and asked for one back. which one? any one, her choice.

Later that day she got a phone call; he was full of excitement.

The parcel was a record he had bought at a nearby store and this whole rigmarole was a way of surprising himself and letting chance decide what he listened too.  I believe the process went o for some years.

The same could be done with add and passes perhaps if you had the patience or better still, a patient friend?

Comment by jon foster on October 3, 2019 at 2:34pm

@Mary Anne - I like that idea, I think I might add it to the list.

@Richard - Perfect.

Comment by Mary Anne on October 2, 2019 at 6:29pm

Number &: Put them in a drawer and forget them for five years - then send them out.

Comment by Richard Canard on October 2, 2019 at 6:09pm

02.10.19 Dare Mister Jon Foster, ...You always seem to be most helpful & insightful in your actions & communications involving  the intricate & complex world of mail art. We are all (One & All) appreciative. ...& If I may add to your list: I've also found that a new sheet of "add & pass"  will oftentimes serve as either as sheet of scrap paper or a sheet of stationery (which is of course: "add & pass" all over again) .  If the "add & pass" sheet is nearly full if can be flipped over & still used for either purpose. & further: inasmuch as it has long been established: "There are no rules in mail art" (except the ones that one chooses to establish one's self & or those imposed by the post office) it should also be abundantly clear:  "Whatever".   All best to you. Richard Canard



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