Mail-art by IUOMA member Rebecca Guyver (Suffolk, UK)
April 21, 2014 - IUOMA friends were, no doubt, awed and gratified that Rebecca Guyver swept top prizes in the MinXus-Lynxus Who Has The Best Hair Contest, even being named to the distinguished Order of the Tangerine Mink.
Despite all the effort she put into the contest, our Suffolk Poultry Princess has, as the saying goes, been burning the candle at both ends. Rebecca Guyver is curating a wonderful mail-art call: Monochrome-Semitone-Kodachrome.
From all I can discern, she has received some spectacular submissions. So I am flattered that she has used this recent mail-art as an occasion to invite the humble Mink Ranch dwellers to contribute to her exhibition. How can we decline such an offer? How can you? Her invitation comes in the form of a mink bearing gifts (above), and Rebecca Guyver is a master of the rhetorical question and gentle persuasion in her mail-art. The reverse side is a display of her considerable artistic talent:
I like this piece very much, referencing as it does the frame structure of film photography showing subtle color nuances ranging from black, white and grey to Rebecca’s Guyver’s signature pastel color tones.
I must confess, using my more natural slangpo voice, that I haven’t completely been able to grasp this Monochrome-Semitone-Kodachrome thing; but that will not prevent me from rustling up something. After all, the Mink Ranch is only a stone’s throw from Rochester, NY (a kind of less glamorous sister city to Detroit these days), home of George Eastman and (the now bankrupt) Kodak; and we have a more than passing knowledge of Kodak and the various historical innovations made there.
So many thanks to Rebecca Guyver for this post-contest correspondence, and she will be receiving something soon for the show.
If you haven’t already, make sure to visit Rebecca’s Monochrome-Semitone-Kodachrome blog. If you haven’t already, you might consider sending her something. The call is open until June 2014: