The envelope as a portal of possibilities…I love the thought! I found this wonderful description at the Electronic Museum of Mail Art. I have been familiar with the concept of mail art for some time, but only recently began participating in a mail art group led by Shimelle. The postcard above, “Expedition” was the first piece that journeyed out across the country…I do not know yet if it has been received, but I do wonder the hands it has passed through after learning about the Cameramail Camera Project. I have not participated in this project…yet! But my curiosity is definitely piqued…
I am finding that Mail Art can take many forms…from a simple artistic postcard, to a recycled piece of junkmail. The piece above, “art” has taken on a new life after it came to me carrying my phone bill. I sliced open the envelope on three sides and had a little fun disguising the generic look it previously held…the perfect canvas for whatever came to my mind!
Ruud Janssen, founder of IUOMA (International Union of Mail Art) has one of the best websites and blogs I have found pertaining to the magic of Mail Art. His posts include art sent and received from all over the world…one of the wonderful curiosities of Mail Art…as well as historical facts and photos about the history of Mail Art. Do take a wander over to his sites and you’ll find worldwide links that are sure to send you to your local post office with something wonderful in your hands!
Oh…and look what I found! A 2006 call for entries: “The Graceful Envelope” sponsored by the Washington DC Calligraphers Guild and sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Whether you would entertain the possibility of entering, you simply MUST take a look at the 2005 winners…jaw-dropping creativity! (source: Ed’zZ Blog)