My partner did a lovely Christmas collage using lots of Santa images. I don't celebrate Christmas, but I do like Santa images, and wanted to stay with the same cute, winter theme.
Frosty because this is iced tea.
I added a scan of the postcard below but it doesn't really scan well ... too fat. I really need to get a better scanner. I've been reading up and think I know what I'll buy when I have a job again.
I've been particularly enjoying the debates that have sprung up about mailart on the site and on surrounding sites lately., such as this short post by Crisispanty.
As I have stated before, I believe that art is when someone uses their skill to actively add value to something, so I thought I'd put up a little mail mischief.
The idea of this piece was to show that value had already been added to a piece before it was sent.
In summer, I brought this postcard with me along on a paragliding trip, and stuck it up on a barbed wire fence, with the intention of sending the piece out with 2 holes in it, showing it had been loved.
I sent one similar piece off and it delighted the postcrosser who received it, so I was going to put this card up just as it was. That would have started debate, and I would have held the position that not adding anything to the piece other than 2 holes from a barbed wire fence was art enough.
As it turned out, I couldn't bring myself to do it. The card still needed something else. So half an hour later, here's the completed piece, something that I feel is worthy of mailart 365.
Does that invalidate my idea of art as added value? Does art really have to constitute something hugely visually appealing?
This piece is going to a mailartist called Cross Ryu, who is a breathtakingly good artist. We have 2 artworks up of this Korean gem and both me and Elena count Cross as one of our favourite artists. Sadly Cross hasn't been heard from for nearly a year. I hope to wake Cross out of his/her mail-artistic slumber, as the mailart world is missing a great talent if Cross isn't buying stamps
I'm pretty sure this is a problem reserved only for mailartists. When my friends and colleagues find out that I send lots and lots of post, I got offered all the postcards that they had picked up over the years "and never got around to sending"
The reasons people have postcards and not send them I'm sure are plentiful, but often I get postcards that people have not sent for the simple reason that they are shite.
These 2 cards fall into that category. I bet Glenn was just pleased to not have these embarrassments littering his house any more.
The original postcard was a line of condoms hanging from a washing line, with days of the week and the cheerful and frankly nauseatingly poor humoured "Having a great week in London"
Why the hell did he ever buy such tat I have to wonder. Everyone to their own I guess.
I decided to do a little censoring of that particularly tasteless gag but wanted to keep a bit of tongue in cheek humour there, hence this piece. Decided to add 2 for today as I wanted these embarrassing cards out of my collection as quickly as possible.
I was giving the drawing another go and thought I'd try to take on the human form again. I decided to build it up from the structure, hence the skeleton. Once I laid down the skeleton, I felt the whole piece needed a little something more, so I added the bone, as if it had fallen out of the skeleton, and the other rubber stamps just fell into place.
This will go to Becky, who has a fairly new letter-writing blog called Leaving a Paper Trail.
I don't have a theme. :-(
And is this a metaphor for life? Daniel Pink says that everyone should be able to make a sentence about their life. Something that sums it up nice and tight, like "Mother Teresa helped the poor", or "Abe Lincoln saved the nation and freed the slaves."
My life doesn't have a sentence. :-(
Maybe that's because my mailart doesn't have a theme? Well, that's just how it is. Maybe I will spot a theme within the mayhem (or several themes). Anyway, bunnies and daffodils have already been chosen, so I think I'll try a Yambus theme. A Yambus is a versatile vehicle that I invented while doodling at Harvard Business School. It can go any direction, uses no fossil fuel, and is made of yams.
Come to think of it. Maybe that's my sentence: "Sue invented the Yambus."
By the way, I was surprised when I placed the labels on this posting that "bunny" had not yet been used. I've already posted several bunnies, and I'm sure a few others are out there. Going back to add that label to my relevant posts.
Thanks for being awesome and inspiring, everyone! I'm trying to stay responsible. I gotta keep motivated. GRR.