Friday, June 02, 2017

More altered collages and some ATCs

Here's a group of three ATCs that I did in early April. For some reason, they made me smile. An old-time quality with the old stamps and illustrations.

These two postcard collages are from the early 2000s.
I altered them by adding a circle and a stamp to one,
and a single stamp to the other.

This feels very satisfying.
I have more of these old collages to alter and mail out.
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Revisiting old collages

 While organizing my received Mail Art, I came across a group of postcard sized collages. I think I made them as samples back in the early 2000s when I was teaching and doing Mail Art workshops. They are very "fussy" by my current aesthetic, which tends toward minimal.

However, I wanted to do something with them, I so I altered each on slightly.

A landscape postage stamp opens up this image.
 A circle mirrors the circle already in place.
A postage stamp which directs the viewers' eyes in yet another direction.
 Three postage stamps flowing down to the girls.
Postage stamp faces giving directions.

I've turned these into Mail Art. They'll all be sent off to people on my mailing list. If you'd like to receive mail from me through your postal address, just let me know via a comment on this blog, or to my e-mail address.

Time to post more Mail Art

 A CD that I collaged and sent to Adamandia in Chicago. It got there without damage. I used the Dean, Artist in Seine technique of NO return address.
 My really good good news is that my Mail Art archive has been deeded to Special Collections of the Virginia Commonwealth University Library. And I'll pass along more this summer. I spent a lot of time sorting through my mail, putting artists work together, remembering all the wonderful mail days. Oh my, such fine work. And from all over the world.

I was excited to let everyone know, via social media and IUOMA group, that their work has been put into a library for ever! The work will eventually be digitized and made available to the public.

This summer, the librarian/curator and I will plan a program to be done at the library. She was very excited to learn that Mail Art is still being made and that the network of Mail Artists is very large.

Here are a few of my face pieces. I have such fun with these.
 This piece is a Persian card that a friend gave to me. I think the glasses and hand go perfectly on it. I feel so happy when things come together like this.
My friend Andrea, in the U.K. sent me the postcard awhile ago as part of her Lost Art project. It's an old tourist photo of Natural Bridge with a couple in the foreground. I added the hand only, which really made me laugh.