I recently started a mail art project called "CowParade: Mail-Art Style." The project came about when I started to make 4' x 6' collages using cow images sourced from a thrifted book, CowParade New York, by Thomas Craughwell (2000).
I ended up making twelve cow collages, and I sent them to mail artists who are active in 'mail art cow groups' on either IUOMA.ning or Facebook. Along with a collage, each recipient has been given a cow image cut from the same book. I have asked them to create a piece of cow art to sent back to me.
Late last year I participated in Sharon Silverman's 2019 50 Mail Art Books project. I discovered the mail art call on IUOMA-ning. Early participants of the project shared photographs and blog posts of their collaborative books on the platform, and I was rather intrigued.
Some mail artists cringe at the mention of Add & Pass sheets. Others are delighted to receive them, and at times may even volunteer to take some from mail artists who are burdened with piles of them .
A&Ps are okay by me - they're fun, but my turnaround time is pretty bad. I tend to let them stack up. Months may go by until I get around to adding to and passing them on.
I also enjoy creating my own a&p sheets, collab. books and faux money to circulate throughout the network. I haven't kept track, so not sure of the number of pieces that are floating around out there.
To follow are photos of a few that have made their way back home.
Large envelope from Ed Giecek received March 26, 2019.
Lots of stuff inside the envelope:
Thanks so much for the mail, Ed!
Mail art from Judith Dagan (Israel), received May 14, 2019...
So thrilled to receive this piece from Judi Dagan. We are both members of the "Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists" group on IUOMA-ning, where Judi shared it with the group in April. When I saw the piece on our group wall, I told Judi that it was awesome. So naturally Judi sent it to me!!
February 2019: An envelope filled with add & pass stuff came from Toni Hanner.
One add & pass came in the form of a large tag (8 1/2" x 4 1/8"). A Flux Bucks type currency, 'Funny Munny,' was also sent to me.
Mail Art from September 2018:
Another Deco made its way to me, this time from Toni Hanner. The "Asian Influence Deco" was started by fellow IUOMA-ning member, Carolyn Cline (Colorado Springs, CO).
Here is the page I did for the Deco:
Thanks a bunch, Toni!
Read my post on Decos here.
Mail Art from August 2018:
A "Free Style Deco" from Florine Stettheim.
My contribution to the Deco:
Read my post on Decos here.
Last June I joined the newly formed Decos - Do you miss them? group on IUOMA-ning. Bonniediva, a fellow Networker and talented mail artist, created the group. I had never heard of Decos, but the concept seemed interesting. I've since participated in a bunch of them.
So what is a Deco?
In snail mail circles, friendship books are a popular way to learn about people, and a terrific way to get new penpals. They are usually very basic, not-so-fancy books.
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!
Jayne Barket Lyons, Mail Artist and Collector of Stuff.