After my discovery of Adanaland earlier this year, I have been ruminating upon the lost pleasures of the mail. It is a simple concept really; that as we have become accustomed to the immediate availability of just about anything via the web, and our ordinary existence becoming ever more virtual and automated, our expectations of the ‘old mail’ have dropped accordingly.
So it’s time to show you what I’ve been doing instead of all my usual stuff: mail art.
At the end of June I joined the International Union Of Mail Artists (IUOMA) and in early July I sent out my very first offering, to Brazil, Romania and Germany.
This was a small (150x110mm), 5-station pamphlet stitched booklet, whose cover included flaps that wrapped around and formed the envelope. The bright red stitching was visible on the outside. Inside were 16 pages of unaccountable Victorian censoring and hasty editing.
The second mailout was another book form, this time featuring a concertina folded page of handmade paper enclosed in a hard case binding (115x80mm). The book was sprinkled with asemic writing and symbols and included a translucent folded marker with additional tags. Four of these were sent out to Japan, Brussels, Pittsburgh and Minnesota USA.
So far, in return for these two little offerings, I have been sent the following…
From Cristian Sima in Romania:
From Bifidus Jones, Minnesota USA:
From The Celestial Scribe in Brazil:
From Marie Wintzer, Japan:
From Guido Vermeulen in Brussels:
From Gunter Schwind in Germany:
And from Claire Dinsmore in Pittsburgh USA:
And for those of you who like the packaging just as much as the contents – check out Claire’s envelope!
I get the best mail in our street. Bar none.
Still more to come!