From: Diane Keys (Elgin IL)
Ten is my favorite number! I was born on the 10th of June. The letter J (for Jayne, of course) is the 10th letter of the alphabet!
I say all of this because this is the 10th piece of mail art I received for 2019. It is from the fabulous queen of trash, Diane Keys! I participated in the 2018 Barfa Spewart Tacky Gift Exchange. My “Rudolph the Redneck Reindeer” gift to John M. Bennett didn’t make the final three, but in this ‘everybody gets a trophy’ age, I still feel like a winner. Diane gave me my very own Barfa Spewart Christmas ornament! The envelope included a THANKS FOR BARFING 2018 card too!
From: Michael Goetz (Rockford IL)
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!
(Originally posted on my blog at IUOMA, March 24, 2018)
Two Cards for the price of one - from Mr. Canard this week.
Outgoing to Richard C. (IUOMA), Carbondale IL.
My second outgoing piece of m-a went to Richard Canard. Back in March, I was a newbie, and I didn't have any idea of his reputation and history in mail art. Richard Canard is a longtime member of, what-is-know-as, the 'Eternal Network,' and an original member of the New York Correspondence School.
When I first began with m-a, I was ALL ABOUT the envelope art. Truthfully - I thought THAT was the extent of it. Little did I know!
(Originally posted on my blog at IUOMA, March 14, 2018)
MORE TRASHPO FROM RICHARD CANARD!
After receiving this card from Mr. R.C., I thought I'd stop by the local bagel shop to have one of "them thar" redneck bagels. I came up empty-handed! It appears that the Twin Cities is not catering to hicks these days. Haha!
Coincidentally, the word HICK (in the late 14c.) was a pet form of masc. proper name Richard. Hey, wait....this card is from a HICK, er...I mean a RICHARD. No doubt they serve redneck bagels in Carbondale, Illusion.
Oh, by the way...the Minnesota Twins are sometimes referred to as the TWINKIES. Who would have 'thunk it!'
I hope you don't mind my silliness, Richard! Thanks for the card!
(Originally posted on my blog at IUOMA, March 7, 2018)
I received my first mail art piece from Mr. Canard - TRASHPO! Thanks much, Richard! I'm not much of a fan of Hostess Cupcakes or Twinkies either. (Growing up in Eastern Pennsylvania, I much rather have Tastycakes (Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes, yum!) I agree...there is something to be said about the graphic design elements of the packaging! Love that you recycle / repurpose...
(Originally posted on my blog at IUOMA, March 5, 2018)
I received Kristen Hermanny's mail on March 3. So much to love:
1) the lumberjack stamp - Kristen pays homage to her dad's family from the Upper Peninsula, who were loggers. Living in Minnesota, I am reminded of the folklore of Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe. They are said to have created the 10,000 lakes of Minnesota by their footprints, incuding Lake Bemidji, which indeed has the shape of a giant footprint resembling it when viewed from high above.
2) the Minneapolis Riverfront stamp - a great reference to Minnesota.
3) the olympic postage stamps - cool because of the recent Winter Olympics.
Kristen wrote a lovely note on "bone-shaped" paper. (Woof!) A very nice pen friend, indeed! So glad we got acquainted on Instagram, and she introduced me to IUOMA.
Hopefully I will be as prolific as you, Kristen! Thanks so much!
Jayne Barket Lyons, Mail Artist and Collector of Stuff.