From November 2018: A little late in posting this awesome creation by Kathy Barnett (MO, U.S.A.)
From the Lyons’ Den Herald: “Looks like love was in the air on Halloween 2018, as Maggie Sternum became the blushing bride of the talented Mr. Toes McRibs. It took some real backbone for Toes to propose, but Maggie didn’t hesitate to give him an affirmative answer. You see, the future Mrs. McRibs was quite taken with his funny bone. It was their wishbone to have a small scale wedding, so they operated with a skeleton crew. It is not known if they went on a honeymoon. Guess we’ll need to bone up on the facts!”
Okay, enough of my silly story...
No bones about it (I know, quit it with the puns), Kathy has a playful imagination, and is a talented artist. I’ve always liked paper dolls, so this is a wonderful treat for me.
Even the envelope was decked out for the big day!
Thank you so much, Kathy!
So over breakfast today I happened to mention to my hubby, "You know, two days ago (February 22) was the one year anniversary of my involvement with mail art!" After a moment Ed said, "Ahhh...so I guess you earned your union card!" We both chuckled at that.
Anyway...one year under my belt doesn't get me a union card - nor does it get me a blue ribbon, a pat on the back or an atta girl. What I do get though, is far more valuable. Over the twelve months I have made many new friends across the miles. For the most part, the people I've connected with (via the mail, IUOMA-ning and Facebook) have the same wacky and witty sense of humor as me. It certainly makes things fun!
I have come to realize that a number of mail art folks are very talented artists, and some are downright brilliant. The talented artists have inspired me to try new techniques, and to think outside the box. The brainy artists have shared their knowledge of the Eternal Network, and have giving me a great deal to think about. (Those who are both talented and brilliant?? fuhgettaboutit!! - they just blow my mind!)
Early on I was all about the envelope art, and sending lengthy notes. As I joined various groups and started interacting with others, I discovered that m-a was much more than that. My vocabulary now includes: fluxus, dada, asemics, vispo, pataphysics, etc. Not to say I fully grasp these things...but I'm getting there.
What I've learned this past year is just the tip of the iceberg.
Michael Goetz (Rockford IL) sent me two add & passes in October 2018:
The a&p with the photographs of vintage things was initiated by me (I sell vintage goods online). Mike Dickau added a couple of items to the front, while Michael Goetz did a drawing on back. I like that he drew a gal based on my 'postal art by jayne' stamp.
Another a&p back - frum the desk of Ed Giecek - was also decorated by Michael Goetz. I am sending it home to Ed after I add a few things.
Thanks so much, Michael!
From August 2018:
First piece from Jack - Cascadia ArtPost, Olympia WA, a post card "Annals of Commodity Civilization."
He certainly drives (pun intended) the point home about consumerism in America! Love the artistamp, vintage ads, and the bit about 'Ford versus Chevrolet.'
Thank you, Cascadia ArtPost!
SCAM CLAMS - similar to Fluxus Bucks, but more clammy! Something new from The Lyons' Den. Currently outgoing to other mail artists.
Fluxus Bucks is an artistic project within the Eternal Network. Mail artist, ex posto facto - a.k.a. Julie Jefferies (U.S.A.) started the project in 1994.
A Flux Buck is an artists' banknote which is distributed through the mail system. It makes the rounds to other network artists, who add to it and mail it out again (much like the traditional 'Add & Pass' / 'Add & Send').
Jayne Barket Lyons, Mail Artist and Collector of Stuff.