Samantha "Sam" Price, a member of the IUOMA-ning family since 2017, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2020. Due to a host of health problems, Sam was completely bedridden and hadn't left her bed for over three years.
Sam had a wonderful sense of humor. The above screen capture (from her IUOMA profile page) clearing shows what a fun loving gal she was.
As a result of her illness, Sam's world was reduced to a 10 x 10 inch space on her bed. As she said in her IUOMA-ning profile, it's "the same space I eat, sleep & cuddle with my cat on." Mail art afforded Sam the opportunity to communicate with people from around the globe, and thus expanded her world. I'm fortunate to have been one of those folks to correspond with her.
CORRECTION: July 20, 2020
Upon reading this post, David Stanley Aponte informed me that the mythological creature is actually a Lamassu, and NOT a Griffin. Lamassu (pronounced La-ma-soo) are a hybrid of a human, bird, and either a bull or lion— specifically having a human head, the wings of an eagle, and the body of a bull or a lion. They were a symbol of protection in Mesopotamia.
Incoming mail art from SUBREAL ALCHEMY, David Stanley Aponte, (Philadelphia, PA) arrived on June 4. David sent a handmade postcard - made with a 4" X 6" piece of corrugated cardboard.
The front of David's postcard features, what looks like the mythological creature, the Griffin. In case you've forgotten what a griffin is - it's a mythical beast having the body of a lion and the wings and head of an eagle. Look closer...is the Griffin "flipping the bird?" Haha!
In late May, mail from Jokie Wilson (California) made its way to the LYONS' DEN post office box. It's the first mail piece from Jokie, and it comes in the form of a photo postcard.
At first glance I figured it was a photo of a destination in San Francisco, where Jokie lives. Only today did I notice the caption on the flip side of the postcard.
The photograph was taken in front of Claudette's at Riis Park, Rockaway, NY on July 30, 2017. Claudette's is a casual health-conscious cafe with several locations in the area.
There's a dude in front of Claudette's with a guitar in hand. That dude is none other than The Sticker Dude, Joel Cohen. After a little sleuth work I discovered that Joel seems to hit the Riis Park Beach every summer (at least he has over the past few years). He strolls from "blanket-to-blanket" entertaining the beachgoers. Sounds like fun!
The image credit goes to Dozen Fingers Photography. The postcard was printed by Cohen's Ragged Edge Press. The printed sentiment reads, "Mail Art Is Pushing The Envelope." For his part, Jokie Wilson jazzed up the postcard with a variety of rubber stamp images. Gotta love it!
Thanks so much, Jokie X. Wilson! Looking forward to corresponding with you!
Mail Art arrived July 9 from Florida - Norma Soulet (Port Saint Lucie) is the sender.
Norma created a lovely mixed media piece. On a 'Gelli print' postcard, she affixed a die-cut vintage portrait of a young girl. This die-cut (Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Paper Dolls) was one of the goodies I had recently sent to Norma. The sentiment on the card reads "Welcome each day as a fresh new beginning."
Norma also gifted me with some vintage-inspired ephemera.
I always appreciate mail art from Norma Soulet! Thanks much!
Jayne Barket Lyons, Mail Artist and Collector of Stuff.