Another Stop by the Mail Train from Annette Kesterson (San Francisco, California, USA)

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Mail-art by IUOMA member Annette Kesterson (San Francisco, California, USA)

October 31, 2014 - I tend to put emphasis upon and celebrate mail-art received for the first time from a new contact, and justifiably so. Yet what about the all-important second missive when a “drive by” (very common in mail-art, I think) begins, tentatively yet all the same importantly, to blossom into a correspondent? Ultimately, a friend?

With that thought in mind, I send a big “Thank You” to Annette Kesterson in San Francisco for this very quick yet thoughtful response to my response to her first mailing. The front of this postcard-size work is encased in some sort of waxed paper, which creates a multi-layered piece with pockets. I have been a bit squeamish about dismantling the wonderfully constructed piece for fear I might destroy something. Here is the reverse side:

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In addition to the interesting writing on the waxed paper, the mail-art holds treasures:

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Note the SFMTA (San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency) card: I take this material, in the Trashpo tradition of sharing, to be found material for collage or simply to be collected as trash from a specific locale.

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Here is the core piece somewhat disassembled. Again, note the interesting typed piece that helps provide a concept. And again, many thanks to Annette Kesterson for this wonderful, second piece of mail-art.

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