Thursday, September 2, 2010
Mail Me Art! PFF#27
This was my only entry for a mail art contest that ended shortly after the first of this year. Which leads me to the reason I'm posting this today: I tried to tell a little story with this one, but I really don't think that was the main impetus for doing it. After more than fifty years of putting my art on envelopes. via the amazing resource of the web, I discovered there were others like myself who truly enjoy making art that goes through the mail.
Seth Apter at The Altered Page has been sponsoring an ongoing series of posts called The Book Guild, the most recent being Chapter 21 this past Sunday. One of the books which was suggested by a couple of the more than 150 artists that he had asked to participate in the fourth edition of The Pulse(an online survey of nearly 150 artists) was a book entitled Good Mail Day, authored by Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler. Not only that, but he sweetened the pot by offering to give away two copies of this book via a drawing of all those who left comments on the post itself.
Shortly after he made the offer one of the authors, Jennie Hinchcliff, offered to create a piece of original mail art to 'go-with' the book. Now, my chances are pretty slim of winning one of these books, so I'm pinching pennies and not making my usual purchases of old paper on eBay so that just in case I'm not a winner, I'll be able to afford to add this one to my very slim library of art books.
I'm a big fan of mail art and have been since I was a little five-year-old kid standing in front of a glass case looking at the mail art of C. M. Russell. When I heard from a fellow blogger about a mail art contest called Mail Me Art, I decided to create an envelope and send it in. Unfortunately, I didn't hear about the contest until it was too late to enter more than once, but I'm ready the next time it opens up for entries.
In the meantime, I'm anxious to see (1) if I win one of these books, and (2) actually purchase one of them if I don't!
Be sure to stop by Beth Niquette's The Best Hearts Are Crunchy for more Back-to-School mail art images!