Wednesday, January 30, 2013

ADVENTURES IN MAIL ART

from my Collection of Painted Hearts to gift in 2013

Receiving mail, real mail, what some call “snail mail” is still The Very Best. I think. NOT the bills and the catalogs and the nonsense [I keep receiving offerings for a cemetery plot?!] but the wonder-filled magical stuff that comes from a real live human bean in some other place in the wild World.

This week Artist’s Play Room’s invitation is to create some “mail art” which just so happens to BE one of the new and JOYfull things I am exploring in 2013!! I love how serendipity works, don’t you?!

Anyhow, Jenn found a great definition for mail art:

"Mail art: Sharing art outside the museums, non-juried, welcoming, and no obligation for the recipient to respond. Magical, mysterious, inexplicable, experimental, guiltfree, and ever-expanding." from Chaospost

And I completed and mailed out 2 pieces for an adventure at Mail Me Some Art for Under the Sea. Very exciting and inspiring!! And I am working at another, Head Swap, by utilising some of my 2013 Year of the Giraffe drawings of giraffe heads and faces in a crazy fun way!!

So… having shared all that, whatever DO I have to share for APR #42?! Follow me and BEhold!!


First up is a collage-as-postcard I made from the many [oh so many] bits I have here in the Wee Cottage from the calendar paintings I made for 2012 calendars. It’s always intriguing to see things pop up in my Present work that I’ve used along the way.


This piece is another postcard, again from the oh so many bits of paper I’ve painted with previously. I actually had been thinking of DOing a series of postcards and BEtween APR #42 and MMSA, I think I’m just going to continue moving in that direction Now.

What is also really fun and appeals to me is digitally fiddling with these postcards. I include a piece of my art each morning in my Gratitude post, and I have noticed that digital fiddling is extraordinarily enJOYable when I am still NOT quite awake!!

My last piece for this Artist’s Play Room is something that I think I’m going to BE exploring much more as “mail art” a la Jenn’s definition above. I’ve been DOing quite a LOT with words and quotes and some of my poeming in my Word Art, and I had a go at it here…


by combining my word art & photo art [aka digital fiddling]. The wild thing here was that I also did a little doodling in the word art and this has made Audre Lorde’s words feel more and more like they are my own… 


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10 comments:

Terrie Purkey said...

Love your postcards and I know you'll love participating in MMSA. It's a great community and Karen comes up with some very creative swaps. Looking forward to seeing you there!

TwinkleToes2day said...

Hi Currie, you have created some wonderful mail art here. Your new challenges, MMSA etc, will Be all the richer for your participation Mo :0)

Jennifer McLean said...

great creative mail art, colourful and fun to look at, which I think is the main reason to do it, share some happiness and love of colour.

minnemie said...

Yay for snail mail! Love how you made your tid-bits come together for a wonderful whole. And the first word I thought of when I saw your heart was... delicious!

Leovi said...

Yes, interesting, I like the composition you've created with this beautiful heart.

stefanie stark said...

The two postcards are beautiful! They have a wonderful coloring and composition. And this varicolored heart makes me feel happy immediately! Wonderful work!

stefanie stark said...

I am not sure if I lost the comment I just made here so I would like to say again: I love your colorful postcards! And I love the heart as well. All these compositions make mee feel immediately!

Morag Archer said...

These cards are fantasically colourful. Love the way you combine digital art with more traditional styles of painting, wish I was that good with the computer! :)

libbyquilter said...

beautiful and color rich~!!~
and be still my heart . . . i LOVE mail art~!

:-)
libbyQ

Fifi said...

loove it!!!!!!!